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Todd Lewis, HPM BSPH 2013

Todd Lewis, HPM BSPH Class of 2013

What have you been up to since graduating from the BSPH program?

Since graduating in 2013, I have been working at The Advisory Board Company as a Senior Analyst in the Research & Insights division.

My research team, the Physician Executive Council, serves Chief Medical Officers and other physician executives from around the country. We dissect their most salient issues, seek best practice solutions, and help CMOs implement our recommendations.

I have also been enjoying the pace of life in our nation’s capital!

What are one or two of the highlights or most rewarding things you have done?

One of the most meaningful opportunities I have had over the last two years was to do pro bono work for the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care. We set out to answer tough questions for those with serious illnesses, largely around the use of advance care planning tools and shared decision-making. On a lighter note, I have learned that DC is also the capital of brunch, and have enjoyed eating my way through the city.

What are your plans for the next few years, as far as you know them?

This summer, I’ll be moving to Boston to pursue a Master of Science in Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. After that, I guarantee my plans will be to move somewhere warmer.

From where you are now, what are some of the things that were most beneficial about the HPM BSPH program?

Of the many valuable skills I gained from HPM, a few stand out. First, the interpersonal skills gained from hours upon hours of collaborative group work have proved immensely helpful, as few work environments today are truly insular.  Second, my thesis experience not only hardwired crucial analytical and work planning skills, but also helped me secure my current position. Third, the relationships I was fortunate enough to build with my classmates and professors are truly world class and are the gift that keeps on giving.

Anything else cool going on or that you would like to add?

An undergraduate degree in public health is a rare and invaluable opportunity, and it has already been instrumental in shaping the direction and pace of my career. For those considering the degree, you will not regret the experience! For those currently in the throes, forge ahead—it will all be worth it in the end.


 

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Shenise Gilyard, HPM BSPH Class of 2012

What have you been up to since graduating from the BSPH program?

Since graduating in 2012, I have been busy with my medical studies.

In July 2012, I started medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. It is hard to believe that I’m already in my third year!

Our medical program is very flexible, and it has enabled me to spend this year participating in basic science research.

I was selected to receive one of twelve annual Sarnoff Cardiovascular Medicine Research Fellowships. This is a program for medical students interested in cardiovascular medicine which allows them to spend a full year immersed in basic or translational research.

I am spending my year working on understanding genetic variants related to fatty liver disease and cholesterol metabolism. This has given me the unique opportunity to experience medicine in both clinical practice and research.

What are one or two of the highlights or most rewarding things you have done?

Community service has been a large part of my medical education. Case Med has a great program, the Student-Run Free Clinic, which allows medical students to have guided learning in the first two years. It was a wonderful way to serve the community surrounding the medical school. Spending time with patients in need of care without the ability to pay was both humbling and rewarding. I worked as a junior clinician my first year in the clinic. During my second year, I worked on the governing board of the clinic. Being in the BSPH program actually provided me with a unique skillset to design well-structured quality improvement programs and design patient satisfaction surveys.

What are your plans for the next few years, as far as you know them?

In the next two years, I plan on graduating! All is going well so far and I will be finishing up in May, 2017. I have a bit of time before I formally decide on a residency program. Nonetheless, I find the cardiovascular system fascinating and hope to continue studying mechanisms of cardiovascular disease and treatment.

From where you are now, what are some of the things that were most beneficial about the HPM BSPH program?

Certainly learning to lead team meetings was the most important take-away for me. My first two years of classes all involved team-based learning and all students were expected to lead discussions. Additionally, being taught both epidemiology and biostatistics made me more comfortable in a research setting.

Anything else cool going on – or that you would like to add?

Although a degree in public health may have seemed a bit “off the beaten path” in terms of a typical pre-med course of study, I am very glad I enrolled in the program. Having a general knowledge of public health and administration has given me a unique perspective on my role as a future physician in the large picture of health delivery. Also, studying the health care law gave me some clarity in understanding the rapid changes in medicine over the past few years.

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