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Kelly Leung

Student Spotlight: Kelly Leung, Healthcare Management

  • When Kelly Leung first enrolled at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), she knew she wanted to pursue a degree in pharmaceutical sciences and begin a career in cancer research upon graduation.

    During her freshman year, however, Leung took an elective that inspired her to alter her career plans and transfer into the Healthcare Management program instead. “In the spring semester, I took an elective course called Introduction to Business. After taking this course, I became deeply interested in the importance of business within the healthcare industry sectors.”

    After this brief glimpse into the business of healthcare, she realized the importance business roles hold in the healthcare industry and chose to follow this new passion throughout the remainder of her undergraduate career. Through courses, internships, and her position in the MCPHS Center for Campus Life, Leung has deepened her understanding of the business side of healthcare and is eager to apply her skills and experience in her future career.

    We recently spoke with Leung to learn more about the Healthcare Management program, her experience at MCPHS, and her advice for anyone considering joining this field.

    Why did you choose to attend MCPHS?

    I chose MCPHS because of its specialty in healthcare and its location in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area. Boston is known to be a hub of medicine and technology, and I have always had a passion for helping others. Throughout the MCPHS community, faculty and students share common interests and goals. The faculty are passionate about educating the next generation of healthcare professionals by sharing their own knowledge and experience to help students make a larger impact in healthcare. Along the way, I have met classmates from all programs who have shared many new ideas with me, helping to shape me into who I am today.

    Can you tell us a little bit more about why you transitioned into the Healthcare Management program after taking Introduction to Business?

    Taking the course gave me a small glimpse of what it was like to be a business student in a healthcare-focused university. I was getting the best of both worlds! I decided to officially transfer during my sophomore year and I am forever grateful for that decision. I chose the Healthcare Management program because it offered a structured curriculum that would allow me to gain hands-on experience outside of the classroom. Also, the management field can be versatile, offering several different roles within any industry, which opens up a multitude of opportunities.

    You’re currently interning and taking online courses. Can you tell us about this experience?

    I think one of the best parts of the Healthcare Management program is that it offers many course options, both in person and online. I am currently a project management intern and taking online courses as well to meet my credit requirements. Managing an internship and in-person or online classes requires full commitment. Students in this program must be prepared to utilize their management and communication skills to succeed academically and to provide high-quality performance. For me, my three internships have been life-changing experiences. I met many new colleagues and conquered earning curves that have helped shape my future career aspirations. Most importantly, these internships were core to the development of my professional skills, advancing them to levels that I would not have gained from only going to classes.

    What’s your favorite course of those you’ve taken at MCPHS so far?

    My favorite course has been Life Sciences and Medical Devices because it deepened my knowledge of the background of these two industries. I was able to learn about marketing strategies, the industry’s structure, product life cycle, R&D (research and development), and clinical trials. In class, we had interactive learning through analyzing case studies of many history-making events, ranging from blockbuster drugs to sales force strategies. Ultimately, the best part was that I learned from a highly knowledgeable professor who has a successful track record in the life sciences industry.

    What excites you the most about the healthcare management field?

    The field is exciting because the healthcare industry sectors are constantly evolving, with numerous introductions of innovative ideas, R&D, treatments, medical devices, and efficient technologies. These are key to improving healthcare delivery and making patients’ lives better. As a business professional, a healthcare manager is still involved in these advancements because the role is responsible for overseeing the systems and people who create the end results.

    What type of person should consider a future in healthcare management?

    The main responsibility in the healthcare management field is to collaborate with others and manage individuals or teams on a daily basis. I think it is important for someone considering a career in this field to be a self-starter and diligent learner who is open-minded, innovative, and able to utilize his or her management and communication skills to succeed in fast-paced environments. If the business side grabs your interest and these required skills feel relatable, this program and field would be a good fit for you!

    What’s your advice for someone who’s thinking about a future in healthcare management?

    My advice for a potential healthcare management candidate is to always keep an open mind. This field has an overwhelming number of opportunities in various sectors of the healthcare industry. The program provides opportunities to connect, network, and shadow with MCPHS alumni and other professionals. Networking with these individuals can help you to narrow your interests, so always be prepared to ask appropriate questions. Meeting new people will also help you to enhance your confidence and communication skills, and encounter possible career opportunities along the way. Remember, every person you meet has a unique story to their own career path!

    What are your future career aspirations?

    After graduation I plan to get my MBA in healthcare management. I am currently applying for the MCPHS Advantage Scholarship to continue my education here at MCPHS. I am very excited about this opportunity that the University is offering to recent MCPHS graduates! In the future, I aspire to work in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries. My ultimate goal is for my work to make a positive impact for both my future company and its patients.

    Interested in a career in healthcare management? Check out our program page for more information.