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Meet the Class of M24

Andrew Bourque

Undergraduate School: Boston College

Year: 2018

Where did you grow up? Reading, MA

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
After graduating from Boston College, I began the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program at Tufts. Additionally, I worked as a Medical Assistant in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
I want to explore and learn more about the business side of healthcare in order to become a well-rounded and well-informed physician. I hope to become involved in healthcare management in the future, and the MBA degree will train me to become a better leader. It will also help me understand the operational side of healthcare in order to serve as a better advocate for future patients and coworkers. In my spare time I like to be outside as much as possible, especially hiking with family and friends.
 

Christianne Gonzalez Davidson

Undergraduate School: Stanford University

Year: 2012

Where did you grow up? Arroyo Grande, CA

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
While I was completing my undergraduate work in Medical Humanities and Bioethics, I also began a Master’s program in Sociology at Stanford where I focused on the social determinants of health. Immediately after I finished my Master’s in 2013, I joined a tech start-up in San Francisco where I developed an interest in business operations and project management. While I worked, I also enrolled in the Pre-Med Post-Bacc Program at Mills College so that I could complete the prerequisites for medical school. I eventually left my tech start-up role to pursue more meaningful and impactful clinical experiences with underserved patient populations at various clinics in San Francisco. Later on, my husband and I moved to Portland, Oregon where I began a new role in a cannabis compliance start-up and provided support to hospice patients.

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
Throughout my professional career in tech start-ups, I have been fascinated by service-centered concepts like Customer Success and Customer Experience. I often think about how I could translate these concepts into Patient Success and Patient Experience in a clinical setting. I’m drawn to the MBA program because I strongly believe that the physicians of tomorrow will be better prepared to care for patients if they truly understand how to manage health care operations in an ever-complicated US health care system. I hope to use the administrative and practical knowledge that the MBA program offers to one day lead start-ups, hospitals, and clinics in implementing the concepts of Patient Success and Patient Experience into their health care delivery. I believe this will increase empathy, help patients accomplish their health goals, and improve the patient experience so that more people are able to engage in a more equitable and intelligent health care system.
 

Thomas Howe

Undergraduate School: Washington University in St. Louis

Year: 2018

Where did you grow up? Newton, MA

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
After graduating, I moved to New York City to work for ScribeAmerica as a medical scribe. I spent my first year at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. I began working as a Project Manager during my second year in the company, where I had the opportunity to begin implementing medical scribe programs for various practices in the NYC area.

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
In college, I majored in Systems Engineering, which has a broad focus on optimizing systems through reducing error and altering dynamics within the system. Upon entering the workforce, I was intrigued by the clinical applications of my major, but I quickly recognized the limitations of distant relationships between medical providers and hospital administrators. I am so excited to be a part of the MD/MBA dual degree program because I believe that the managerial skills and business knowledge to be acquired will promote collaboration and systemically improve patient care in my future workplace.
 

Delaney Johnson

Undergraduate School: Princeton University

Year: 2017

Where did you grow up? Elkins, WV

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
After graduation, I worked full-time at a life sciences consulting firm in NYC where I engaged with pharmaceutical and biotech companies to bring innovation in medicine. I specialized in projects related to oncology, biomarker, and companion diagnostic strategy. The position allowed me to gain critical perspectives in healthcare and valuable experience engaging with various stakeholders that impact healthcare today.

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
I am excited to pursue the dual MD/MBA degree where I hope to further develop critical perspectives on the rapidly evolving and complex modern medicine landscape. I believe the MBA will equip me with the skills to identify, explore, and solve critical problems within healthcare systems. Specifically, I am interested in finding innovative solutions to improve access and delivery, especially for underserved populations. Additionally, I want to serve as a bridge between the clinical and business fields, including hospital administration, payers, and industry. I believe it is imperative for the many functions within healthcare to work cooperatively in order to serve the best interest of patients and use resources effectively. Therefore, I hope to promote communication and collaboration between the various healthcare entities, utilizing the skills I will expand through the MBA program. Outside of academic interests, I enjoy traveling, spending days outside hiking or relaxing in parks, and taking advantage of city living.
 

Caroline Liang

Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin–Madison

Year: 2018

Where did you grow up? Eden Prairie, Minnesota

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
Since graduation, I have spent the last two years in Washington, D.C. at the White House Council of Economic Advisers working as a research economist. In that role, I contributed to data analysis, policy review, and the publication of two Economic Reports of the President. Though my main focus was on health economics and domestic health policy, I also worked on labor, regulation, and macroeconomics. During the COVD-19 pandemic, my colleagues and I collaborated with the White House Coronavirus Task Force to closely track economic data, government responses, and health outcomes.

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
I am looking forward to gaining invaluable skills from the dual degree program to take on leadership and management roles in the future. In the federal government, I worked with many trained physicians who used their health care expertise to offer unique insights and improve policy outcomes. Many of these individuals had prior experiences consulting in the health care industry, which they found valuable when tackling policy issues in the government. I hope to use my MD/MBA degree in private industry and public service to solve inefficiencies within the U.S. health care system.
 

Annalise McDonald

Undergraduate School: Vanderbilt University

Year: 2018

Where did you grow up? Acton, Massachusetts

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
Following graduation, I worked as a clinical researcher at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Memorial Hospital developing an outreach program for patients with Type II Diabetes. I then transitioned to a role at Iora Health, a Boston based startup, as a Patient Consultant for adults on Medicare.

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
I am interested in the MD/MBA program because I believe it will make me a better physician leader. My previous work experience in the academic and clinical fields of medicine demonstrated that understanding the business side of healthcare is critical to delivering comprehensive patient care. By providing me with the analytical and technical skills to become an effective leader, problem solver and patient advocate, this interdisciplinary program will enable me to better respond to the changing needs of our society and patient populations. I am particularly interested in finding solutions at a hospital management level to deliver high impact, value-based care at a lower cost to patients and the healthcare system.

I am looking forward to working with the other students in my cohort, gaining new perspectives, and procuring the business knowledge to make the most impact with my medical degree. I am an avid Celtics fan who enjoys running, reading and traveling in my free time.
 

David Posawatz

Undergraduate School: Michigan State University

Year: 2019

Where did you grow up? Clarkston, MI

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
After graduating from Michigan State University, I attended Georgetown University in Washington DC where I obtained my Master of Science in Biotechnology in the Entrepreneurship Track. While earning my degree from Georgetown, I joined an early-stage cancer diagnostic startup, Phylomics Diagnostics, for which I serve as Director of Biotechnology Commercialization. In this role, I operate in business development and strategic planning: pitching to investors, developing strategic partnerships, charting our regulatory path, authoring an NIH SBIR grant proposal, and much more. I also qualified for the USA Triathlon 2020 (amateur) National Championships.

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
Much of the suffering imbued upon patients results not only from illness, but from the administrative and financial burdens associated with medical care. Pursuing an MD/MBA will allow me to better navigate these aspects of medicine in order to make critical decisions in the face of uncertainty and optimize healthcare at a systemic level. In addition to impacting the lives of patients on a day-to-day basis, I also want to work toward catalyzing scalable innovation through entrepreneurship in medicine. An MD/MBA will not only give me the tools to be a leader in medicine, it will also provide me with the skill set necessary to capitalize on unmet needs and generate solutions for a higher magnitude impact on healthcare.

In the meantime, I enjoy reading/writing, competing in triathlons, mountain biking, and skiing.
 

Vaishnavi Sharma

Undergraduate School: University of Pennsylvania

Year: 2020

Where did you grow up? Hilliard, OH

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
During undergrad, I was able to take several classes in healthcare systems and financing and engage in experiences in different areas of healthcare such as an internship at Johnson & Johnson and policy research. These experiences made me realize how broad healthcare is outside of just the medicine aspect of it! I am extremely interested in diving deeper and learning more about these other aspects of healthcare and hopefully, in the future, contributing to solutions regarding cost and access issues in healthcare! I’m also hoping that the MBA program will give me a diverse perspective though which I will be able to help patients further.
 

Gabriel Shlager

Undergraduate School: Connecticut College

Year: 2015

Where did you grow up? San Francisco, California

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
After graduation, I worked at Albert Einstein College of Medicine as a laboratory manager and technician. From there, I went to The University of Vermont to obtain a Masters in Medical Science. Afterwards, I stayed in Vermont and worked at an outpatient ophthalmology clinic in direct patient care with some administrative duties.

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
I have seen how financial and management issues can be equal in importance to knowledge when providing high quality medical care. I aim to have an understanding of the healthcare system so that I can enact change on not only a patient level, but at an institutional level.
 

Kali Sullivan

Undergraduate School: Georgetown University

Year: 2019

Where did you grow up? Wilmington, Delaware

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
I worked as a medical assistant at a general surgery private practice in Chevy Chase, MD. The position allowed me to work with patients and to learn about the intricacies of running a practice and private ambulatory surgery facility.

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
I majored in finance in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Through my business and pre-med course load, I began to see the interplay of medicine and business, and this was accentuated in my time at the general surgery private practice. I am particularly interested in learning about the effects healthcare has on the environment and ways that the healthcare industry can improve to facilitate cost-effective and patient-focused solutions that also reduce its environmental impact. I am excited to discuss potential solutions and improvements to increase health equity and access and to consider how to handle future potential crises and their effects on the operations of healthcare practices. I hope that the MBA will make me a better leader, team member, and physician when caring for patients and helping to implement change in healthcare industry.
 

Arianna Zhang

Undergraduate School: Harvard University

Year: 2018

Where did you grow up? Weston, Massachusetts

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
As a research trainee with the Department of Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), I studied and authored a literature review on a diagnostically challenging set of cutaneous tumors arising from BAP1 gene inactivation. Fascinated by skin pathology, I then explored its clinical counterpart by joining the Department of Dermatology at MGH as a medical scribe. Eventually I took on a leadership role as a scribe ambassador, training new scribes and developing training materials in order to help improve the quality of the scribe program.

In my spare time, I volunteered at the MGH Emergency Department as well as Boston Care’s Xcel Center in Roxbury, where I was a math tutor for adults studying for their high-school equivalency degree. I represented Boosted, an electric longboarding company as an ambassador, hosting group-skate and demo events in Boston and at the 2019 Gopro games in Vail, Colorado. I also enjoy competing in Brazilian Jujitsu, golfing, cooking with my family, practicing piano, and taking a range of online courses on topics like Medical Spanish and DJ-ing.

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
Prior to affirming my passion for medicine, I earned my B.A. in economics, managed a student-led investment fund, and interned at private equity and wealth management firms. Throughout these experiences, I became fascinated by healthcare businesses and the interplay between medicine and finance. I hope that the skills I learn through the MD/MBA program will allow me to someday serve a role at the interface between medicine and finance and improve the quality of healthcare systems.