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Alumni Spotlight

Joi Terrence-Hill, MHA

Joi Torrence, MHA

“Yes, [HCC is a worthwhile investment]… a partnership with the HCC could help to contribute to the continuous seeking environment of excellence.”

Yes, [HCC is a worthwhile investment]… a partnership with the HCC could help to contribute to the continuous seeking environment of excellence.

Education

  • California State University, Northridge, B.S. Health Administration and Management
  • University of Southern California, Masters of Health Administration

Current Employment

  • Director, Transaction and Integration Management at City of Hope

Top enjoyment of HCC

  • Value of the ability to ask questions and seek knowledge in health care field
  • Experience working on a variety of projects
  • Opportunity to network with and learn from leaders in the organizations

Long term benefits of HCC

  • Learning how to be open-minded to new tasks and responsibilities
  • Growth in new and unexpected areas
  • Preparation for the next opportunities in her career

Lessons learned applied in the present

“ During my internship, I learned the importance of building and cultivating relationships with those whom you work. This lesson has guided me daily in my current position as I meet and work with new people in an organization that is driven by the delivery of quality patient care and service excellence. ”

Top 3 benefits HCC interns offer to Host Organizations

  1. Breadth of fresh perspectives and current ideas relevant to healthcare operations
  2. Skill sets that can be molded to assist various departments and projects
  3. Interns can be models for organizational career growth given demonstrated talents and contributions

HCC – A worthwhile investment?

“Yes, [HCC is a worthwhile investment]… a partnership with the HCC could help to contribute to the continuous seeking environment of excellence.”

Danielle Le Hals, MPH

Danielle Le Hals, MPH

During my internship, I learned the importance of building and cultivating relationships with those you work with. This lesson has guided me daily in my current position...

During my internship, I learned the importance of building and cultivating relationships with those you work with. This lesson has guided me daily in my current position

Education

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. Biology
  • University of California, Berkeley, MPH, Health Policy and Management

Current Employment

  • Executive Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Radiation Oncology

Top enjoyment of HCC

  • The diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and interests of other interns
  • Preparation for internship and next steps – graduate school and career
  • Opportunity for practical, hands-on exploration of the field of public health

Long term benefits of HCC

  • Contacts gained through informational interviews and internship projects
  • Mentorship – “Gaining a mentor in Jeff Oxendine, who has helped me through each step along the way”
  • Motivation to confidently explore and learn about new areas of public health

Lessons learned applied in the present

“During my internship, I learned the importance of building and cultivating relationships with those you work with. This lesson has guided me daily in my current position as I meet and work with new people in an organization that is very consensus-driven.”

 

Top 3 benefits HCC interns offer to Host Organizations

  • Interns offer a fresh perspective and new, potential solutions to old problems
  • Interns are eager to learn and motivated to act on opportunities
  • Interns serve as a great source of publicity and as a key link between the organization and the intern’s network of peers and colleagues

HCC – A worthwhile investment?

“Yes. It is good to think of HCC as a recruitment tool. Many HCC alums go on to be quite successful, with graduate degrees and great work experience. It would be advantageous for [Host Organizations] to connect with these stars early in their careers…HCC serves as a resource for future employees beyond those [who interned at the host organization]”

Diarra Lamar, MD, MBA

Diarra Lamar, MD, MBA

"HCC has made my support of healthcare clients more relevant, tangible, and impactful."

HCC has made my support of healthcare clients more relevant, tangible, and impactful.

 

Diarra Lamar, MD, MBA

Education

  • Harvard College, B.S. Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Harvard Medical School, MD
  • Harvard Business School, MBA

Current Employment

  • Principal at The Boston Consulting Group

Top enjoyment of HCC

  • Senior executive mentorship that was tangible
  • Community amongst other interns
  • Ability to gain experience in being both strategic and operational

Long term benefits of HCC

  • Affiliation with HCC and Partners Healthcare
  • On-the-ground know how
  • Experience on hospital operations

Lessons learned applied in present

“HCC has made my support of healthcare clients more relevant, tangible, and impactful.”

Top 3 benefits HCC interns offer to Host Organziations

  1. Familiarity with quality of HCC interns
  2. Speed in time to full potential of interns
  3. Commitment to excellence

Top 3 benefits HCC offers to interns

  1. Real-life experience on a live project
  2. Early-tenure mentorship
  3. Broadening of the scope of potential career choices

HCC – A worthwhile investment? 

“Yes, there are direct benefits in terms of sourcing top talent (presumably at a lower cost and lower long term attrition), building brand awareness, and in providing opportunities for mentors to develop their mentorship abilities.”

Myrna Torresdey, MPH

Myrna Torresdey, MPH

Through my internship, I learned about the importance of being mission-driven and passionate with the career you choose. This has become one of the most important things to keep in mind as I develop as a professional. I continue to love and believe in what I do.

Through my internship, I learned about the importance of being mission-driven and passionate with the career you choose. This has become one of the most important things to keep in mind as I develop as a professional. I continue to love and believe in what I do.

Education

  • University of California, San Diego, BS, Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • San Diego State University, MPH, Health Services Administration

 

Current Employment

  • Director of Patient Centered Care & Practice Transformation at San Ysidro Health Center

 

Top enjoyment of HCC

  • Learned about careers in public health and the opportunities available
  • Built relationships with talented HCC staff and participants
  • Involvement with program through mentoring new interns

 

Long term benefits of HCC

  • Positive impact in my personal and professional life
  • Professional growth opportunities through the network
  • Intern site continues to be place of employment

 

Lessons learned applied in present

Through my internship, I learned about the importance of being mission-driven and passionate with the career you choose.  This has become one of the most important things to keep in mind as I develop as a professional.  I continue to love and believe in what I do.

 

Top 3 benefits of hosting HCC interns

  1. Diverse pool of talented individuals that genuinely care about the organization and work that is done
  2. Potential employees for the future.
  3. New and innovative projects will develop as a result of young and fresh minds.

 

HCC – A worthwhile investment? 

“Yes, definitely! HCC started my path to a successful career.  Had it not been for my internship, it would have been a lot more difficult to explore a healthcare career in a clinic as I was unaware that such entities existed.  In addition, through the HCC network, I applied to an international program to do health-related research in South Africa.  This was a phenomenal experience that changed my view on health forever.”

Elyssa Kotzen, MPH

Elyssa Kotzen, MPH

"[HCC] is absolutely worthwhile - HCC employs the highest caliber of interns using an extensive selection process. Because the HCC program is so selective, Partners would be missing out on great talent if they do not sponsor HCC interns."

HCC is absolutely worthwhile – HCC employs the highest caliber of interns using an extensive selection process. Because the HCC program is so selective, Partners would be missing out on great talent if they do not sponsor HCC interns.

Education

  • Brandeis University, BA, Health, Science, and Society, Policy
  • Brandeis University, BA, Business
  • Boston University, MPH, Health Policy and Management

Current Employment

  • Manager, Disease Center Operations; Medical Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Nominated for the 2009 Excellence in Management DFCI Award

Top enjoyment of HCC

  • Spending the summer with Partners and building her professional network
  • Gaining exposure to a variety of experiences that one may not otherwise experience in a lifetime of work
  • Appreciating the outstanding mentorship of Claire Sullivan at MGH Ambulatory, who gave her excellent experiences and opportunities to excel

Long term benefits of HCC

  • Confidence and desire to overcome any challenges in the workplace
  • Environment necessary to learn essential teamwork skills
  • Early exposure to working in world-class institutions

Top 3 benefits HCC interns offer to Host Organization partners

  1. An outside perspective and a fresh look at systems/processes/procedures
  2. Reliable and eager interns will do just about anything for an enriching experience
  3. Longevity within the partner’s organization – “Ideally HCC interns would come full circle as I did – complete an internship, graduate, pursue higher education, and return to the partner’s affiliated organization as an employee.”

HCC – A worthwhile investment?

“YES YES YES. It is absolutely worthwhile – HCC employs the highest caliber of interns using an extensive selection process. Because the HCC program is so selective, Host Organization partners would be missing out on great talent if they do not sponsor HCC interns.”