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Concentration: General Management, Healthcare
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GMAT 1: 760 Q48 V47
GPA: 3.76
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Profile Evaluation- Healthcare IT PM [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2012, 05:19
Thanks for taking a look at my profile! I've been working in healthcare IT since graduating college and want to transition to strategy consulting in the same space. I'm looking for a realistic evaluation of my shot at top schools.

Nationality:American
Age:22 (24 at matriculation)
Gender:Male

1) Brief description of your full-time work experience:
I work at the largest and fastest growing electronic medical records firm as project manager dealing with billing software for large hospital orgs. We've got about 5,500 employees and pretty dominant market-share but we're privately held and midwestern so I'm not sure how high-profile we are. I have ~20 months of experience right now and will have 39 at matriculation.
*I worked the first 16 months as a Coordinator, splitting my time between two clients (it's extremely rare for Coordinators to get two clients), and was primarily responsible for leading a team of 10 client-employed analysts for each project and guiding them through the process of designing and implementing our software.
*Since being promoted to Manager I've taken on two new projects, each with one Coordinator as a direct report and my focus has moved away from technical design and direct project management. I now mainly work with our clients' CFO and Director level staff to help them manage the financial risks and leverage the opportunities for efficiency that come with the roll-out of an electronic billing system. I'm also responsible for managing our team's budget (about $1 million annually on each project) and developing my Coordinators.
*Internally I lead a team of seven PMs (some more senior than myself) responsible for managing client escalations and promoting best practices within several modules of our software. I'm the most junior employee to hold this position and was selected to present to our division (~1,300 people at the presentation) on how to be effective in the role.

2) Your GMAT:
760(Q48,V47); AWA- 6.0

3) College info:
Claremont McKenna College, 2010, International Relations (Cum Laude, Honors), 3.76 GPA

4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience:
College
*Editor of student paper
*Writer on two other papers
*Lots of volunteer hours and eventually paid employment tutoring first-generation college applicants and underprivileged students
*President of small political club (not Dems or Reps)
Since
*Little time- no volunteering
*Competitive autocross and road racer (legally!) and work with the regional clubs to organize track days and other events

5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA:
Nada

6) Your target programs:
Kellog (my number one pick), HBS, Booth, Sloan, Wharton,

7) Your post-MBA goal:
My job right now is at the intersection of revenue consulting, project management, and software- I want to move into strategy consulting for healthcare orgs. The industry's at a major turning point right now when it comes to technology, regulations, and business models and I want to make a difference in how hospitals do business. The parts of my job that let me produce measurable financial improvements for my clients are far and away the most rewarding and I want to be able to take that to the next level.
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Re: Profile Evaluation- Healthcare IT PM [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 22:06
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bootsfirst wrote:
Thanks for taking a look at my profile! I've been working in healthcare IT since graduating college and want to transition to strategy consulting in the same space. I'm looking for a realistic evaluation of my shot at top schools.

Nationality:American
Age:22 (24 at matriculation)
Gender:Male

1) Brief description of your full-time work experience:
I work at the largest and fastest growing electronic medical records firm as project manager dealing with billing software for large hospital orgs. We've got about 5,500 employees and pretty dominant market-share but we're privately held and midwestern so I'm not sure how high-profile we are. I have ~20 months of experience right now and will have 39 at matriculation.
*I worked the first 16 months as a Coordinator, splitting my time between two clients (it's extremely rare for Coordinators to get two clients), and was primarily responsible for leading a team of 10 client-employed analysts for each project and guiding them through the process of designing and implementing our software.
*Since being promoted to Manager I've taken on two new projects, each with one Coordinator as a direct report and my focus has moved away from technical design and direct project management. I now mainly work with our clients' CFO and Director level staff to help them manage the financial risks and leverage the opportunities for efficiency that come with the roll-out of an electronic billing system. I'm also responsible for managing our team's budget (about $1 million annually on each project) and developing my Coordinators.
*Internally I lead a team of seven PMs (some more senior than myself) responsible for managing client escalations and promoting best practices within several modules of our software. I'm the most junior employee to hold this position and was selected to present to our division (~1,300 people at the presentation) on how to be effective in the role.

2) Your GMAT:
760(Q48,V47); AWA- 6.0

3) College info:
Claremont McKenna College, 2010, International Relations (Cum Laude, Honors), 3.76 GPA

4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience:
College
*Editor of student paper
*Writer on two other papers
*Lots of volunteer hours and eventually paid employment tutoring first-generation college applicants and underprivileged students
*President of small political club (not Dems or Reps)
Since
*Little time- no volunteering
*Competitive autocross and road racer (legally!) and work with the regional clubs to organize track days and other events

5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA:
Nada

6) Your target programs:
Kellog (my number one pick), HBS, Booth, Sloan, Wharton,

7) Your post-MBA goal:
My job right now is at the intersection of revenue consulting, project management, and software- I want to move into strategy consulting for healthcare orgs. The industry's at a major turning point right now when it comes to technology, regulations, and business models and I want to make a difference in how hospitals do business. The parts of my job that let me produce measurable financial improvements for my clients are far and away the most rewarding and I want to be able to take that to the next level.


I think an additional year of work experience would greatly enhance your competitiveness at Kellogg, Wharton, Booth, and Sloan. It probably won't make a lot of difference at HBS (but also wouldn't hurt.) You may also want to consider Stanford and Haas, which are feeder schools for the consulting firms and have strengths in health care. Otherwise, you have a competitive profile for your target programs. Please let us know if you would like help with your MBA applications.

Best,
Linda
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Joined: 15 Mar 2012
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Location: United States
Concentration: General Management, Healthcare
Schools: Duke '15 (M)
GMAT 1: 760 Q48 V47
GPA: 3.76
WE: Project Management (Computer Software)
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Re: Profile Evaluation- Healthcare IT PM [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2012, 21:04
Thanks a bunch for your thoughts! Haas also came up in digging for healthcare focused schools in the tier I'm aiming for but I hadnt looked seriously at Stanford at all- I may rejigger my plans within the top eight a little. As for the extra year possibility I think I'll see what it looks like as application season roles around- I wouldnt want to switch firms for such a short period so it'll really depend on how much room I feel like I have to grow in my current company.

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Re: Profile Evaluation- Healthcare IT PM [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2012, 21:56
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You're most welcome. Sounds like you have a good plan.

Best,
Linda
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Re: Profile Evaluation- Healthcare IT PM [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2012, 21:01
Linda,

Would you please take a look at my profile as well? I am not sure if you have another forum on which I should post. Thank you in advance.

Stats up front:
29/m
*3.2/4.0 from a top 30. History Major, Geophysics minor
*Varsity Lacrosse, ROTC
*GRE: 321 (161 V, 160 Q). On the ETS converter that comes to a 680 GMAT

Work Experience : 7 Years Navy SEAL Officer. 5 Deployments to date with combat.
-Consistent leadership in a variety of austere and high profile locations.
-Senior level coordination within DOD
-Excellent lessons learned in terms of personnel management
-Task Unit commander in charge of $25M in equipment overseas.
-Consistent high performance in my service record. Ranked #1 of 16 peers (also SEAL Officers) on most recent eval period

Extra Curricular: Involved heavily in several charity foundations and recruiting campaigns in support of the SEAL community.
-Repeated visitor to my Alma Mater as a speaker on Leadership for the Athletic Department.
-Lead food drives at work
-Volunteered at foundation events for the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

Hobbies:
-Reading
-Lacrosse
-Soccer
-Golf

Future goals:
I love the experience of leading people and I have a passion for working within small teams. I also feel as if the driving forces of today's global environment are economic in nature. While I think I could find employment within the private sector by separating from the service now, I am looking for a management role. General Management seems like a great fit and I seek an MBA to cross into the private sector in a position that I think is more fitting. As for the timing, I am coming to the end of my operational leadership time and I am at the point in my career where my experience is both relevant and recent. Personally, I am also looking to provide a lifestyle more conducive to a family as opposed to the continuous deployment
My decision to take the GRE is likely to be a question. I chose to take it because I want to remain competitive for several of the fellowships offered in the service. Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School among others only accepts the GRE. This is purely to keep options open.

Summary: I feel I can articulate my leadership experience and I actively stay in touch with fellow members of my community who are now in business school. I also feel that my essays will have tangible examples of what I think ADCOMs are looking for. I will not be making a move to business school for a few years but I have spent some time getting to know the process. I will likely retake the GRE to get to the 90-92% percentile. Given what I have to work with now though, how do I look for the following schools?

HBS
Wharton
Tuck
Darden
Fuqua
Johnson
Owen

Regards,
Duff
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Re: Profile Evaluation- Healthcare IT PM [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2012, 12:37
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Duff wrote:
Linda,

Would you please take a look at my profile as well? I am not sure if you have another forum on which I should post. Thank you in advance.

Stats up front:
29/m
*3.2/4.0 from a top 30. History Major, Geophysics minor
*Varsity Lacrosse, ROTC
*GRE: 321 (161 V, 160 Q). On the ETS converter that comes to a 680 GMAT

Work Experience : 7 Years Navy SEAL Officer. 5 Deployments to date with combat.
-Consistent leadership in a variety of austere and high profile locations.
-Senior level coordination within DOD
-Excellent lessons learned in terms of personnel management
-Task Unit commander in charge of $25M in equipment overseas.
-Consistent high performance in my service record. Ranked #1 of 16 peers (also SEAL Officers) on most recent eval period

Extra Curricular: Involved heavily in several charity foundations and recruiting campaigns in support of the SEAL community.
-Repeated visitor to my Alma Mater as a speaker on Leadership for the Athletic Department.
-Lead food drives at work
-Volunteered at foundation events for the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

Hobbies:
-Reading
-Lacrosse
-Soccer
-Golf

Future goals:
I love the experience of leading people and I have a passion for working within small teams. I also feel as if the driving forces of today's global environment are economic in nature. While I think I could find employment within the private sector by separating from the service now, I am looking for a management role. General Management seems like a great fit and I seek an MBA to cross into the private sector in a position that I think is more fitting. As for the timing, I am coming to the end of my operational leadership time and I am at the point in my career where my experience is both relevant and recent. Personally, I am also looking to provide a lifestyle more conducive to a family as opposed to the continuous deployment
My decision to take the GRE is likely to be a question. I chose to take it because I want to remain competitive for several of the fellowships offered in the service. Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School among others only accepts the GRE. This is purely to keep options open.

Summary: I feel I can articulate my leadership experience and I actively stay in touch with fellow members of my community who are now in business school. I also feel that my essays will have tangible examples of what I think ADCOMs are looking for. I will not be making a move to business school for a few years but I have spent some time getting to know the process. I will likely retake the GRE to get to the 90-92% percentile. Given what I have to work with now though, how do I look for the following schools?

HBS
Wharton
Tuck
Darden
Fuqua
Johnson
Owen

Regards,
Duff

The MBA is a great way to transition from the military to the business world. Your age now is a fit for these programs but you write that you are waiting a few more years before making this move, which in my opinion will most likely put you out of HBS's range and interest and may cause concern to the other programs as well, since you will have trouble fitting into a classroom of 26-28 year olds when you are in your 30s. I recommend applying now if you can - ie., if you can leave service within the next year. If you really cannot end your service now, then I believe you'll need to broaden the range of schools you apply to because of the age factor.
PS The GRE score is fine for most programs but probably should be boosted (or replaced with a high GMAT score) for the top programs to prove you have the academic ability to match your exceptional leadership skills.
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Re: Profile Evaluation- Healthcare IT PM [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2012, 20:01
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Duff wrote:
Linda,

Would you please take a look at my profile as well? I am not sure if you have another forum on which I should post. Thank you in advance.

Stats up front:
29/m
*3.2/4.0 from a top 30. History Major, Geophysics minor
*Varsity Lacrosse, ROTC
*GRE: 321 (161 V, 160 Q). On the ETS converter that comes to a 680 GMAT

Work Experience : 7 Years Navy SEAL Officer. 5 Deployments to date with combat.
-Consistent leadership in a variety of austere and high profile locations.
-Senior level coordination within DOD
-Excellent lessons learned in terms of personnel management
-Task Unit commander in charge of $25M in equipment overseas.
-Consistent high performance in my service record. Ranked #1 of 16 peers (also SEAL Officers) on most recent eval period

Extra Curricular: Involved heavily in several charity foundations and recruiting campaigns in support of the SEAL community.
-Repeated visitor to my Alma Mater as a speaker on Leadership for the Athletic Department.
-Lead food drives at work
-Volunteered at foundation events for the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

Hobbies:
-Reading
-Lacrosse
-Soccer
-Golf

Future goals:
I love the experience of leading people and I have a passion for working within small teams. I also feel as if the driving forces of today's global environment are economic in nature. While I think I could find employment within the private sector by separating from the service now, I am looking for a management role. General Management seems like a great fit and I seek an MBA to cross into the private sector in a position that I think is more fitting. As for the timing, I am coming to the end of my operational leadership time and I am at the point in my career where my experience is both relevant and recent. Personally, I am also looking to provide a lifestyle more conducive to a family as opposed to the continuous deployment
My decision to take the GRE is likely to be a question. I chose to take it because I want to remain competitive for several of the fellowships offered in the service. Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School among others only accepts the GRE. This is purely to keep options open.

Summary: I feel I can articulate my leadership experience and I actively stay in touch with fellow members of my community who are now in business school. I also feel that my essays will have tangible examples of what I think ADCOMs are looking for. I will not be making a move to business school for a few years but I have spent some time getting to know the process. I will likely retake the GRE to get to the 90-92% percentile. Given what I have to work with now though, how do I look for the following schools?

HBS
Wharton
Tuck
Darden
Fuqua
Johnson
Owen

Regards,
Duff


Duff,

Thanks for your inquiry.

Given your SEAL experience, I think you would be given serious consideration by all the schools on your list, but HBS and Wharton would definitely be stretches, probably Tuck too; your GMAT and grades are a little low for these schools. I also am concerned that if you wait "a few" years, you may be considered "older" and that could be an issue. Maybe yes maybe no. The schools usually cut military applicants a little slack on age.

Best,
Linda
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Re: Profile Evaluation- Healthcare IT PM [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2012, 06:57
Linda,

I just recently returned from deployment and had a chance to retake the GRE. My score is now a 324 (GMAT 700), which is slightly higher than my previous take. Not sure if this will make much of a difference. I really appreciate your advice on the timing and I will certainly consider applying as soon as possible.

Just wanted to touch base again and see if you think the overall candidacy is out of reach for HBS and Wharton.

Thanks!
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Re: Profile Evaluation- Healthcare IT PM [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2012, 21:59
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Duff wrote:
Linda,

I just recently returned from deployment and had a chance to retake the GRE. My score is now a 324 (GMAT 700), which is slightly higher than my previous take. Not sure if this will make much of a difference. I really appreciate your advice on the timing and I will certainly consider applying as soon as possible.

Just wanted to touch base again and see if you think the overall candidacy is out of reach for HBS and Wharton.

Thanks!
Duff


Duff,

Every little bit help. :)

I don't think your overall candidacy is out of reach for HBS and Wharton. You should definitely give them a try when you apply. Just don't apply only to Harvard and Wharton and don't count on an acceptance from these intensely competitive schools. I thought the list you posted above is a solid list for you. You may also want to consider Ross.

You might be interested in "The MBA, a Military Background, and Expectations.".

Best,
Linda
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Re: Profile Evaluation- Healthcare IT PM [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2012, 10:43
Linda,

Once again, looking for your sage advice. I have to complete a micro and macro-economic pre-requisite for two of the policy schools to which I will be applying (Yale-Jackson, Princeton-WW). I intend to do this online, and I will ensure it gets the attention it deserves in order to get an A.

I have a finite amount of time with an active duty assignment leading up to application season in the fall. Do you think macro and micro will be valid additions to an alternative transcript to be used for B-School applications? I know the standard ones are finance, accounting, statistics, etc… Do you think I need to add one of those in there too.

Thanks,
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Re: Profile Evaluation- Healthcare IT PM [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2012, 15:07
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Duff wrote:
Linda,

Once again, looking for your sage advice. I have to complete a micro and macro-economic pre-requisite for two of the policy schools to which I will be applying (Yale-Jackson, Princeton-WW). I intend to do this online, and I will ensure it gets the attention it deserves in order to get an A.

I have a finite amount of time with an active duty assignment leading up to application season in the fall. Do you think macro and micro will be valid additions to an alternative transcript to be used for B-School applications? I know the standard ones are finance, accounting, statistics, etc… Do you think I need to add one of those in there too.

Thanks,
Duff


Macro and micro will be valuable additions from an MBA admissions stand point. You don't "need" any additional courses. If you want to take additional courses to prepare yourself for bschool (and show the admissions committees you are serious about business) I would take accounting and stats for business, not necessarily in that order.

Best,
Linda
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