Long time reader, first time poster. This is a great forum and I'm looking forward to getting some advice from all of the helpful people here. If you could evaluate my profile, that would be great. Thanks.
Education - 3.45 GPA from top 10 undergrad business school on east coast. Major in Accounting. CPA.
Work Experience - 4 years at matriculation of big 4 audit experience on the east coast with a focus in Healthcare, specifically working on the provider/hospital side.
GMAT: 700 (Q45 V40)
EC's: Working on the committee of an organization focused on special needs individuals. Additionally, part of a local committee healthcare organization that conducts seminars on accounting/revenue reimbursement specific to the healthcare industry. United way and Junior Achievement Volunteer.
Post MBA: I would like to get my MBA to make the transition to Management Consulting focusing in the healthcare industry, specifically on the payer/provider side. I would like to use this consulting experience to eventually work at an high level position at a hospital.
I am looking at Yale, Wharton, Northwestern, Harvard, Booth, Ross, and Fuqua. I would like to get into a school where I can focus on management/strategy as well as healthcare management.
Do I have a chance at any of these schools? For schools that offer a Healthcare program, are these generally more selective, or does it bring a form of uniqueness to my resume. Many thanks for your evaluations.
Auditing tends to be a hard sell for the top MBA programs: it just doesn't demonstrate the risk-taking and leadership that these programs are typically seeking. If you've done original work
in the healthcare industry, then I would focus your applications there and in your extracurricular leadership but I also recommend applying to some less competitive programs. In particular, I'd like to see Vanderbilt, Olin, and Boston U on your list because of their strengths in healthcare. Yes, the healthcare focus can differentiate you but only if you have some experience in the field to bring to the classroom, not if they think you're just putting on a healthcare mask to get their attention.
Jennifer Bloom, CPRW
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