Hilary H. Wang '16

Joint Degree: Yale School of Medicine; Internship: Boston Consulting Group

The realization that as a single person, you can still make a change—that’s the real power of the MBA.

When I was working in the hospital during the third year of medical school, I felt a pretty profound sense of powerlessness. There are a lot of things that happen in the healthcare system that some doctors, myself definitely included, don’t have a handle on and don’t know how to deal with. 

Administrative changes can impact how you treat your patients and how much time you have with them, yet I've seen doctors sort of just throw their hands up in the air and say, “What can you do?” I knew that there were people making the decisions behind these policies, and it’s a shame there aren’t more physicians among them.

After just one year of SOM’s integrated curriculum, I feel much more empowered to jump in and have an impact. I volunteer for the HAVEN Free Clinic, which is a student-run, free clinic in the community. Last year, I volunteered as a student-clinician, and that’s all I did. But this year I’ve taken on voluntary side projects looking at operational efficiency and how to improve it.

I ran an ideation session for some of the leadership to try to come up with solutions. This is something I never would’ve thought to do without my MBA and the leadership and management skills it’s given me. The realization that as just a single person, you can still make a change—that’s the real power of the MBA.

Interviewed on April 22, 2015.

Hilary Wang

Joint Degree: Yale School of Medicine; Internship: Boston Consulting Group