Category Archives: HPA

Our Stellar Students: Karlie Hudock, Health Policy and Administration

Hello, my name is Karlie Hudock, and I am a senior majoring in Health Policy and Administration and minoring in Information Science and Technology in HPA. I am from Latrobe, Pennsylvania, located about 40 miles east of the city of Pittsburgh.

My career aspirations are to work in the health IT field, hopefully in the greater Pittsburgh area. I am currently completing my internship as a summer associate at UPMC in the Information Services Division (ISD). Follow me on Twitter @karliehudock for quick updates on my experience – look for the hashtag #UPMCSA!

At Penn State, I am involved in the Future Healthcare Executives Club. By joining the club, students are able to become a student associate of the American College of Healthcare Executives. This membership opens doors for students when it comes to networking, career planning, and learning more about the world of healthcare. It is also a great way to increase professional development. This March, our group attended the 2014 Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.

Intern Selfie

Intern Selfie

I began my time at UPMC on the Tuesday after Memorial Day. All 97 summer associates attended an orientation in the U.S. Steel Building in downtown Pittsburgh. I already had learned so much about UPMC and how to chase my dream career. We were instructed to wear a collegiate t-shirt, and I was so happy to see many other Penn Staters!

I am spending the majority of my internship at the UPMC East hospital located in Monroeville. My preceptor is the Chief Information Officer of UPMC East, UPMC McKeesport, and UPMC Mercy. I am so excited to really get into the projects I will be working on.

Until I begin my work for my preceptor, the summer associate program is keeping me busy with projects that each intern will complete. One of these is the kick-off presentation, during which each intern has an opportunity to introduce themselves to the leadership team of their division. These presentations will occur in the UPMC executive boardroom on the 62nd floor of the U.S. Steel Building. Executive exposure is a great component of the program and I am so excited to get my name out there and represent Penn State and the College of Health and Human Development. Also coming up soon are tours of UPMC facilities and an executive lunch. I am nervous but excited to meet the CIO of UPMC and learn as much as I can from him!

Because my internship position is within ISD and my interests are heavily IT related, my long-term project for the summer will involve electronic medical records. I will be working with a Cerner product called PowerPlan. My project will require me to communicate with both the technology management team and clinical staff in order to achieve the best results. Specifically, the PowerPlans will be used to track observation patients and create a more seamless, efficient care plan for the patient. Ideally, they will also enhance the patient experience by eliminating redundancy and allowing clinicians to have a better understanding of what the patient needs.

I cannot wait to get started and see what ideas I can bring to the table! A special thanks goes out to our HPA alumni, who really helped connect me with opportunities I would not have found on my own. Stay tuned for what the summer has in store for me!

Our Stellar Students: Vikki Ulmer, Health Policy and Administration

Hi everyone! My name is Vikki Ulmer and I am a rising senior at PSU majoring in Health Policy and Administration (HPA). Beginning in fall 2014, I will also begin my graduate coursework for a Masters in Health Administration in the integrated BS/MHA program. I was born and raised in Abington, PA, which is a suburb outside of Philadelphia. Both my parents and my older sister attended Penn State, so my family considers Happy Valley a home away from home. I love Penn State and am grateful for the many opportunities that it has given me these past 3 years, and even more grateful that I have 2 years remaining!

In my spare time I love to spend time with my friends, read, bake, and I would have to say flowers are my hobby. I worked at a flower shop throughout high school and return every holiday break from school to help out during the busy times. I also love my longhaired German Shepherd, Thor. The picture below is us on a run together a few weeks ago!

My running buddy

My running buddy

This summer, in order to satisfy the required HPA 395 credits, I am interning at Swiss Re in Armonk, NY (photos below of the atrium and views from the building).

A view of the atrium

A view of the atrium

Swiss Re is an incredible company and thought leader in Reinsurance and all other ventures of their business. I have just wrapped up my first week as an intern and could not be more excited to spend the next 11 weeks contributing to the company. I am the Life & Health Marketing intern and will assist in different strategic marketing initiatives and other intern projects.

A view from the Swiss Re office

A view from the Swiss Re office

So far, I have done a lot of training to get to know the company and its mission, vision, and values. I have also had the chance to sit in on teleconferences with different strategic partners supporting Swiss Re’s coming projects. They have some amazing new programs in the works and I feel very fortunate to be a part of these efforts already.

In addition to the experience gained and work done, Swiss Re’s interns@swissre program is a potential stepping stone to another program graduates@swissre which is an 18 month program training future leaders in life reinsurance and health care. I already feel as though the knowledge and skills I have learned through the interdisciplinary HPA program is applicable to my work. I am excited to see what is in store both as an intern and a new resident of NYC. Cheers to the new experiences and adventures that wait! Happy summer to all!

Our Stellar Students: Victoria Ulmer, Post #2

Updates from Vikki Ulmer on her internship at Swiss Re: