Student Profile: The Larger Context
David Rodriguez '12
Post-MBA: The Chartis Group
Since I've been at Yale SOM, I have become fascinated with the complexities of healthcare as an industry, and the need for well rounded leaders in this huge and challenging segment of our economy. We need to look at our healthcare ecosystem as a cross-disciplinary challenge.
The integrated curriculum here has given me a broad background in tackling problems with a multidisciplinary approach. We do it in classroom discussions. We do it with the raw cases. In addition, I've been able to do things that give me real world practice, like helping to organize our Healthcare Conference. I also took a clinic at the Law School, called Community Economic Development, where students from a number of different Yale schools worked in teams to try to find solutions to the foreclosure crisis not only in New Haven but also nationally. As a Yale MBA, I'm not going to go into a complex situation and say the problem is just financing or operations. I've learned about the importance of looking at the larger context.
I've taken a full-time position with The Chartis Group, which recruits on campus, in their healthcare management consultancy. Chartis specializes in academic medical centers. I'll be consulting for them, doing client work and strategic planning for hospitals. I think there's a real value in taking what we have learned in the for-profit world and applying those models to tackling healthcare. The magic of Yale SOM is that you leave with this MBA toolbox of skills, and a high-level understanding of how and when to use them.
Interviewed on April 11, 2012.