Healthcare was a field that I always had a desire to go into. From working at a Retirement Community throughout high school to beginning my education at Duquesne as a Health Management System Major I knew Healthcare was the field to work in. The Health Management Program at Duquesne is very unique in that it exposes students to a variety of classes in the areas of Information Systems, Healthcare Management, and Business. Whichever track students decide to pursue, the jobs are available. I feel the program and instructors with industry experience and expertise prepared me for my career post-graduation because of the real work experience that they possessed. This was very vital in my learning, because the instructors were able to bring their experiences in the industry to the classroom.
I worked as an Intern with UPMC throughout my time in the professional phase and successfully assisted with the opening of five UPMC Urgent Care Centers. Here I learned valuable Project Management skills to aid in the opening and go-live of the UPMC Urgent Care Centers with the assistance of a fellow Duquesne Alum, Jake Voelker. Jake and his wife, Anna Voelker (also an HMS graduate) were a great resource to me as I entered into my career post-graduation. I graduated from the program in May of 2012 with a degree in Health Management Systems. I was immediately hired as a Project Specialist with the UPMC Urgent Care Centers and promoted to a Practice Manager shortly thereafter. Here I obtained valuable Practice Management skills. I began my MBA in the Fall of 2012 and am nearing completion of the program at Carlow University with an expected graduation in June of 2014. I recently accepted a position with the Allegheny Health Network as an IT Systems Analyst. Here I will be assisting with the implementation of a brand new Electronic Medical Record across the entire organization.