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My days in the radiology department often made me think about the value of preventing injuries as well as its treatment. I was already having second thoughts regarding my choice of future career. Though I loved helping people, the lack of diversity within the field and its restricted options for growth bothered me. I need a career that will allow me to help a large number of people, accentuate prevention and primary care rather than tertiary care. A career that will consistently challenge and stimulate me to improve. During the past few months, my thoughts began to shift to the field of public health, specifically health management.
My plan to pursue a graduate degree in health management was reinforced during a public health symposium at the University of Michigan. As I listened to health experts talk about current health issues, I was fascinated. The symposium provided me with the fundamental knowledge of the issues that the health care industry faced today. During the past year and six months I strived to learn more about public health both through coursework and work in the field.
Since practical experience is an essential learning tool, I went on to expand my experience in the field of public health. I was fortunate to have landed a job as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Borgess Medical Center, the position allowed me to view public health at a different level. Working as a Clinical Research Coordinator I was responsible for overseeing and coordinating the initiation, implementation, and development of clinical research protocols to meet requirements and objectives of Borgess Research Institute, Food and Drug administration (FDA) Regulations and ICH Guidelines, sponsor Guidelines, Institutional Review Board and Investigator and patient needs.
My work at the Borgess Medical as well as my basic knowledge in public health led me to participate in an internship program on a Healthcare Campaign sponsored by the Citizen Action of New York. The internship turned out to a demanding and highly gratifying experience that provided me with exposure to major healthcare policy issues in play at the state and federal level. I left New York with more confidence, knowing that I played an important role in the healthcare debate.
In addition to my internship in New York. I also attended several seminars and met with public health leaders at different social gatherings and events. These activities cemented my growing interest in preventive medicine, effectiveness, and quality of care, provided in healthcare institutions particularly within the public sector. These areas held my interests because I believe that they are vital to our nation’s health. I believe that efficiency and access can be achieved without sacrificing quality.
I am confident that the University of Michigan would help me achieve my goals of furthering my public health education through their Master’s program in Public Health. Through the program’s curriculum I will receive training in public health politics and policy analysis, and in the management of health-related programs or agencies, where I could acquire an array of skills that will prepare me for careers in either the public or private sector. I look forward to the challenge of serving a large community and participating in such a dynamic and challenging field.