The Graduate Programs Office is preparing to welcome this years incoming class of students who will begin the MBA program in August. We are excited to gain a new group of fresh faces within the walls of the School of Management. We are sharing this excitement by posting short profiles throughout the summer introducing the incoming class. We hope you will take the time to get to know our newest UB MBA’s as we share some of their experiences and interests.
Hometown: Commack, New York – Long Island
Current Location: Buffalo, New York
Graduated from: John Hopkins University
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Why UB? I am currently enrolled in medical school at UB, and decided on the MD/MBA program due to both logistics and the program’s reputation. I originally came to UB because the school stood out by striving to improve itself, whereas many other schools seemed stagnant. The city of Buffalo was also a positive factor in my decision.
Why an MBA? A formal business education will be a tremendous resource for me once I begin to practice medicine, as the healthcare system is getting increasingly complex. I plan to hold some form of an administrative position at some point of my career as well, and an MBA will likely be a perquisite for this. Lastly, one of my goals is to continue to work within the biomedical device industry to develop novel solutions to medical problems and an MBA will provide the necessary skills for a productive interaction with biomedical companies.
Summer plans: Studying for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 exam.
If you could learn anything: I would love to learn how to write my own complex computer programs. I took a basic programming class in college, but I didn’t have time to take more advanced courses. I think being able to create a custom program would be extremely useful.
Someone you’d like to meet: It would be really cool to meet a surgeon from the early 1900′s. These surgeons were often pioneers in a field that had little scientific backing and watching a surgery without modern-day medical advancements would be extremely fascinating.
Someone you’d like to have as a mentor: Atul Gawande would be an excellent mentor for me, as he is both a surgeon and an expert in healthcare systems.
The hardest thing you have ever done: The hardest thing I have ever done was quitting my job and deciding to go to medical school. I was pretty happy working in Manhattan for Stryker Endoscopy, but when I watched the surgeons, I felt like that was truly my calling. I had never considered going to medical school, so I had to take full-time post baccalaureate classes and then take the MCAT. After two years of working to complete the requirements, I entered medical school here at UB.
A fun fact about you: I love cooking and trying new recipes. No matter how busy I am with work, taking a break to make a meal is always extremely satisfying.