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"In the Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum (FCCP) I worked with a phenomenal Fuqua team to assist a social impact entrepreneur whose business improves oral health in developing markets. On the ground together in Southeast Asia, we built a plan for product development and market expansion to guide future business growth.”

Daytime MBA

Class of 2020
Health Care

Prior Education:

Wake Forest University
Health & Exercise Science, 2013
Asheboro, North Carolina

Why I Chose Fuqua

In my first post-graduate job, I developed a desire to work on the most complex issues in health care. I had a longstanding interest in serving patients as a provider but discovered that I was deeply passionate about the macro level issues in health care today. To solve the most complex challenges in health care and have a meaningful, long-lasting impact, I knew that I needed to fill gaps in my business knowledge. When visiting campus and talking to students, I felt an immediate connection with the Fuqua community. I was inspired by the non-traditional paths of students, the diversity of both backgrounds and thinking I saw during my campus visit, and the supportive community I felt as a prospective student.


5 Restaurants You Don’t Want To Miss in Durham

  1. M Sushi: While you may not think of Durham as a hot spot for sushi, this place will surprise you!
  2. Parker and Otis: This little lunch spot doubles as an adorable gift shop.
  3. Mother & Sons: It’s a great trio of homemade pasta, great wine, and excellent service.
  4. NuvoTaco: From duck tacos to solid guacamole, you’ll always be satisfied here.
  5. Treforni: A yummy and authentic Napoleon pizza spot recommended by Professor Pino Lopomo.

My Life Before Fuqua

After college I joined Deloitte Consulting in Washington, D.C., supporting health care clients, particularly providers and large hospital systems, as they developed innovative strategies for improving patient care. I was confronted by complex issues in health care and witnessed firsthand the challenges providers face. After two years, I left to pursue my M.D. at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. These experiences inspired me to think about the critical connections between business and medicine and encouraged the evolution of my professional goals.

My Life After Fuqua

Though my career plans are still being shaped, I will be working at the intersection of business and medicine. My summer internship is with a consulting firm; afterward, I return to a joint year of business school and clinical care. Long-term, I hope to support hospital systems and health care institutions in developing new strategies to transform health and health care in the U.S. I look forward to using the business acumen and skills developed at Fuqua to enact broader change in the health care system.

COLE Fellow

I am passionate about developing others and supporting leadership development in the broader Fuqua community.

What I Love About the Health Sector Management Certificate

What I love most about our Health Sector Management certificate program is the diversity of backgrounds and thinking that is brought into the classroom. The program is comprised of students who have been deeply involved in the health care industry and those who have never been exposed to the industry beyond receiving care as a patient. As a future provider, it is encouraging to see so many bright and passionate individuals interested in improving health for Americans and the global community.

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