I was a part of one of the first graduating classes from the NHCM program. It felt like I was on the ground floor of something really innovative.

 

What are you currently doing?

I am currently a Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation, where I study health policy-related topics such as primary care innovation, nursing workforce, and payment.

How did NHCM prepare you for your current role or for life after graduation?

NHCM prepared me very well for my career after college. It helped create a foundation for me to examine the healthcare system both in terms of clinical practice and delivery system issues. My education at Penn is still the foundation for all of the research I perform today. I am especially grateful for my nursing degree that provided me unique on-the-ground experience unavailable to many other policy researchers.

What was your favorite aspect of the NHCM program?

I really enjoyed the diversity of classes that I took. I would often go from clinicals directly to finance courses still in my scrubs. It allowed me to explore the diverse set of interests that I had. Also, I was a part of one of the first graduating classes from the NHCM program. It felt like I was on the ground floor of something really innovative. That was pretty exciting.

What were you involved in as a student at Penn?

I was most actively involved in the United Community Clinic which is a free clinic coordinated by University of Pennsylvania students from the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work.