Determining my major was one of the more difficult decisions I've been encountered with. I was fairly certain that I wanted to be a part of the medical field but felt unsure about whether I wanted to be a clinician or not. After much contemplation I determined that HMS was the correct path for me because it ties in clinical studies, healthcare business management, and information technology. I believe that the three of these combined will prepare any individual with the resources and tools needed to succeed in the many career paths that the health care industry has to offer. During my time at Duquesne, I was the President of the Health Management Student Society. I also completed an internship at the Kell Group, LLC, a medical billing and consulting company where I learned valuable information enabling me to expand my knowledge on the health care industry.
I graduated from the program in May of 2013 with a degree in Health Management Systems. Post-graduation, I was hired by BAYADA Home Health Care to take part in their Associate Leadership Development Program (ALDP), a fast-track, six-month management trainee program designed to create competent, future leaders of the organization. It was upon completion of this program that I relocated to Durham, North Carolina and am now working in a Pediatric Home Health Care office as a Client Services Manager. I work directly with medically fragile children and their families while managing the nurse's that provide nursing care for them.
A wide range of opportunities lie within Health Management, whether it be clinical, IT, or business management. I owe much of my success to Professor Shirley Cousino. Her experience in the industry plus her expertise on the subjects she taught provided extremely valuable information that prepared me wholly for my career post-graduation. I am grateful for my experiences at Duquesne University and feel that my education has been crucial to my current success thus far.