MAY 13, 2013 - Clarke Erickson (G’14) has made the most of her time at Georgetown by utilizing resources in the Department of Health Systems Administration.
“My best experience has been going to Capitol Hill,” she says. “It was so enlightening for those that want to put those policies in action.”
Erickson visited Capitol Hill with fellow members of the Healthcare Executives of Georgetown University (HEGU) and other students. She currently serves as the organization’s president and works to plan events and conferences for members.
“Being HEGU president has really helped me take advantage of all of the opportunities that DC has to offer,” she says. “Our program is so lucky that we have major health care systems, health care policy makers, health care consulting groups, and nonprofit organizations right at our fingertips.”
The department focuses on providing real-world experience by connecting students with current health administration professionals. Erickson cites the one-on-one attention students receive from faculty as one of the best aspects of the program.
“The department works really hard to make sure we are getting the experiences we need both inside and outside of the classroom,” she says. “My favorite part about being HEGU president is working with the faculty to ensure that we are coordinating our ideas and our events with things that the department can offer.”
Working alongside Patricia Cloonan, PhD, department chair, Erickson is developing a database to reconnect more alumni to NHS. The post-graduate coaching program will also provide students with better access to alumni.
“[Students] never truly leave the program,” Erickson says. “Some alumni are so engaged and always approaching different professors for help. For instance, alumni contact faculty on advice ranging from how to negotiate a salary to implementing new quality measures.”
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the University of Oklahoma, Erickson applied to Georgetown to combine her interests in health care and government.
She plans to apply for the Presidential Management Fellows Program after graduation and would like to work for a state health department.
By Tiffani Haynes