Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Honors Program in Medical Education

Arjun

I was interested in Northwestern University for its strong biomedical engineering program, numerous extracurricular activities and flexible undergraduate program. While completing my undergraduate application I learned about the HPME program. I never imagined that checking that tiny box on my application for additional HPME information would set me on my current course. Once I read more about the program, I knew that HPME would be my first choice.

The flexibility of the program assured me that I could study subjects that had always interested me including South Asian history, environmental science and political communication, while pursuing a Human Communication Science major. This is one of the only undergraduate programs that exposes students to basic neuroscience, cadaver lab anatomy classes and clinical classes focusing on patients with speech and hearing conditions. Interested in business as well, I was able to complete a summer internship in investment banking during my junior year. During my senior year I worked as a fulltime healthcare consultant with a variety of clients ranging from large pharmaceutical companies to renowned, innovative biotech companies. As a senior HPME student, I pursued a research honors thesis in the School of Speech. Traditionally, honors theses are done in basic laboratory science, but I opted to do something different. With a background in statistical analysis and healthcare systems, I studied the financial coverage of communication devices for individuals unable to speak due to disabilities or previous illness. Based on my work, and with the help of my adviser, we were able to present our findings to the American Speech and Hearing Association's (ASHA) government affairs committee and keep financial coverage of these devices a national priority issue for ASHA.

These events provided me with the work experience to apply to business school. After finishing my undergraduate work at Northwestern University, I entered business school at Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. During business school, I was able to stay active in leadership and healthcare by serving as president of the MBA Association, competing in a national case competition for WebMD and consulting on operations for surgical specialty hospital. After earning my MBA, I entered medical school at the Feinberg School of Medicine.

As a third year medical student at Feinberg, I have had the opportunity to apply my health policy and business background in a variety of arenas. I am the president of the Medical Student Senate and have served at the regional and national level for the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Medical Student Association.

As I look forward to my medical career, I hope to be actively involved in healthcare research and the development of public policy to improve the quality and lower the cost of healthcare.

I have had a rich and diverse educational path. The flexibility of HPME has truly allowed me to pursue my unique educational interests and goals. I believe this flexibility and the remarkable individuals that I have met are the programs most valuable assets.

Arjun