By Liz Warren-Pederson
About 30 undergraduate and graduate students joined Eller College interim dean Leslie Eldenburg and a panel of health care executives for a discussion on careers in the industry. The event was organized by the College’s Center for Management Innovations in Health Care.
The executives included:
- Lori Bryant, CEO, ScriptSave
- Jerry Miron, CFO, UA Healthcare
- Jim Gibson, Partner, Jimenez Consulting Solutions
- Anna Theodorou, Director, Industry Analytics, CVS Caremark
“One of the most valuable aspects of this panel was the diversity of occupations represented within the health care industry,” said first-year Eller MBA student Roy Saenz, who attended the event. “It was good to see how the various MBA concentrations offered by Eller can be implemented into the health care field outside of the typical roles of finance and marketing.”
The discussion delved into the many issues the health care industry faces. “As a disabled veteran, I have spent my fair share of time in the hospital and at doctors’ offices,” said Saenz. “The thing that I find interesting about health care is the constantly changing environment. Unfortunately I think, from what I have seen, the challenge is the slow-to-change approach currently in the field, due in part to a heavily bureaucratized system.”
Athena Childs, who will graduate in May with dual MBA and Master of Public Healthdegrees, also attended. “I am focusing my career on international development and public health work with a particular interest in nutrition, social marketing, and social business,” she said. “It was great to hear the variety of perspectives the panel represented.”
Saenz said that consulting appealed to him as a possible future role in the industry. “I’d like the ability to work with clients on an individual basis in order to develop customized solutions to their particular problem sets,” he said. “The flexibility to work across a broad array of functions is very appealing. While I will not claim to be the most technical person, I see a great need for developing and integrating technology in health care at all levels. I think helping medical professionals integrate technology would be a rewarding occupation.”
The panelists hosted breakout sessions after the discussion. Childs attended the session hosted by Lori Bryant of ScriptSave. “I really appreciated her candor and perspective coming from both the public health and business side, including access to care and addressing root causes for health disparities in her business decisions,” she said.