I’m pleased to be writing you as we begin the 2013-2014 academic year. It promises to be an exciting year for our program and a historic year for the school, as we will move into our new campus, the beautiful and technologically advanced Edward P. Evans Hall.
Our Leadership in Healthcare students are already returning for their third weekend of fall semester classes after an intense in-residence experience, punctuated by a fantastic alumni panel titled "Career Pivots."
Our incoming Class of 2015 is an exceptional one, and includes the same excellence, ambitions, and diversity that we have come to know and expect. The members of the class made it through “boot camp” with barely a whimper! And bonded with each other as well as the second-year class.
The second-year students are eagerly embracing their new seniority and excited about being the first class to graduate from Edward P. Evans Hall, which will open in just a few months. They are also benefiting from our revised healthcare curriculum: Professor Richard Skolnik, formerly of the World Bank, is leading a Global Healthcare course, and Professor Jason Abaluck is doing a deeper dive into Healthcare Economics and Healthcare Strategy.
Our Friday Colloquium in Healthcare Leadership has an amazing lineup of speakers this year: We started the semester with Professor Jacob Hacker discussing the policy and politics surrounding healthcare reform implementation. This week we will host a biopharma panel discussion titled “The Intersection of Wall Street and the R & D Pipeline,” led by Mike Huckman, formerly the life sciences anchor for CNBC. Coming up soon are visits from Ezekiel Emanuel, deputy provost of the University of Pennsylvania and former principal advisor to the president on healthcare reform; Trevor Fetter, CEO of Tenet Corporation; and Clive Meanwell, CEO of the Medicines Company.
Our students are more engaged with the University than ever before. We now have several students from the Class of 2014 working with the Yale School of Medicine on projects related to management of the Yale Medical Group, a large multi-specialty practice. In addition, our students are using their independent-study time to pursue classes at the Law School and School of Public Health.
Not to be outdone by efforts in coordinating last year’s student-run international trip to China, both classes are eagerly engaged in planning another student-led trip, this time to India. And several students from that inaugural trip have continued to engage with colleagues in China on healthcare development opportunities. We’ll have more to report on this in the near future.
While the Leadership in Healthcare program is thriving and attracting more attention, our other SOM healthcare programs are also growing considerably. We had twice as many healthcare-oriented students attend the healthcare session at the annual Career Immersion this year, compared with last. We have a record number of MPH/MBA and MD/MBA students in the full-time program, and the Yale School of Public Health healthcare management program (which delivers one quarter of its curriculum at SOM) just enrolled its largest class ever.
Finally, while so much is happening with our program, we are always meeting prospective students and arranging campus visits and information sessions, both on and off campus. There are numerous ways to get and stay connected with us. Call us at (203) 432-4649 or attend an Admissions Event.
Howard P. Forman