Megan Zadworny: MHA 2011
What brought you to the UW MHA Program?
After living in Canada for several years and experiencing a different type of health care system, I realized I wanted to play a more active role in shaping health care access. While I find policy-making interesting, I realized that I wanted to be more hands on and work at the organization level rather than the government level.
In researching schools, the UW MHA Program was consistently well-ranked in terms of successfully preparing students for job placement. What really stood out to me was the emphasis on career development and the ability to gain greater experience in the health care field through the mentor and internship programs and coursework. The solidifying factor for me was meeting several of the faculty and staff and discovering their investment in the program and the sheer effort they put into helping their students succeed.
What was your undergraduate major?
I attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada and earned a Bachelors of Science in biology with minors in chemistry and education.
What work experience did you have before coming to the UW MHA Program?
Prior to starting the MHA Program, I worked as a research scientist in a toxicology laboratory at the UW. While working in the science field can be interesting, the applicability to mankind is not always immediate. I have found that I would prefer a job that gives back more directly to the community, and the MHA curriculum is leading me in that direction.
What do you feel are the strengths of the UW MHA Program?
First, the faculty is unparalleled; they have a vast array of backgrounds and are always willing to incorporate their experiences into class discussions. This has given me a far greater sense of the complexity of the health care field. Furthermore, both faculty and staff are always willing to help in anyway possible – whether it is helping with an application or finding a contact for more information regarding a specific topic, they really do enjoy supporting their students.
Are there any outstanding or unique experiences that you would like to share regarding the UW MHA Program?
One of the unique experiences provided by the UW MHA Program is the mentor program: based on their specific interests in health care, students are matched with local health care professionals. Thus far, my mentor-student relationship has proven quite beneficial in helping me understand the variety of career paths available to me, as well as the many facets involved in running a health care organization. Not only has my mentor provided a great deal of information regarding her department and organization, she has also helped me discover my interests and given me advice in how to best pursue them.
What goals do you plan to pursue for your career in health care management?
The course on strategic planning has really piqued my interest. Within this course, groups of students work with various local health care organizations to help develop a business plan. The amount of organization and research required to successfully implement such plans has really struck a cord with me. After speaking with faculty members and my mentor, I intend on finding a summer internship in the area of strategic planning to gain greater experience.
My long term goals include working in a hospital as head of a strategic planning department. However, my experience as a patient in Canada has also given me a great deal of interest in integrative care, and I plan on incorporating this into my future as well.
Upon graduation, Megan took the position of Research Coordinator for Surgical Outcomes in the Department of Surgery at UW Medicine.