The HPME program opened my eyes to endless opportunities to grow prior to coming to medical school. As an undergraduate, I studied Economics, minored in Business Institutions, completed the Leadership Certificate Program, and studied leadership and healthcare economics abroad at the London School of Economics. Outside of the classroom, HPME gave me the space and time to further my passions for teaching and education, and for bringing people together. By the time I graduated, I had developed and implemented an ACT and SAT prep course for NU|Tutors, a group of Northwestern students that provided tutoring to students in the nearby neighborhoods, and had organized several cross-campus events as the social chair and special event coordinator for my sorority. These experiences continue to shape the physician I want to be.
Between undergrad and medical school, I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to work in Silicon Valley at McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm. During my two years at McKinsey, I worked with insurance companies, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies across the international healthcare industry to successfully launch a new drug to market, and answer questions such as should two hospitals merge? These experiences helped me develop on so many fronts. I learned about the greater healthcare landscape that I would eventually be plugging into, I learned the communication and professional skills needed to successfully work with people from all walks of life, and I learned an analytical skill set that I can apply to any complex problem. When I came back to the Feinberg School of Medicine, a few classmates (also ex-consultants) and I started Second Opinions, a non-profit student consulting group that has a two-fold mission: first, to serve healthcare organizations dedicated to improving outcomes for underserved populations and second, to build physician leaders out of our fellow medical students.
Over the past years, being part of the HPME program has taught and encouraged me to turn inward and to reflect how I want to grow to be the best physician, leader, and person that I can be. I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Honors Program in Medical Education.