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I already doubted my career choice as an attorney. Although I love the art of it and enjoy advocating for people, I yearned for a career that would continually challenge and motivate me to save lives. However, one case changed my view. I was a volunteer at the Legal Aid Society, Owerri, in Eastern Nigeria, and I witnessed a case of a fifteen-year-old girl who was impregnated by a fifty-year-old man. Overwhelmed by shame as premarital sex was a taboo in the community, the girl had gone to an unqualified medicine practitioner to get an abortion and died in the process.
A manslaughter charge was filed in the high court against the man but was later dismissed. I initiated the idea of going beyond the legal remedies to the root cause of the problem and finding ways to prevent it, as the reality was that most families did not openly discuss sexual issues; adolescents were forced to explore this topic on their own.
Then I realized that as an attorney, I could live my dream, that helping and advocating for people must not begin and end in the law courts but could be extended to other issues in the community.
Another important experience that has had a large influence on me the past few years has been relocating to the United States, studying for and passing the Bar exam while raising a family at the same time. This was quite challenging and required a major overhaul of my time-management techniques as the number of things to do mushroomed.
This shift allowed me to gain greater control of my time management, and in turn ensured that I was able to dedicate the time I wanted and needed to my professional life as well as to my family.
In the United States, the world of “capitation,” rationing of care” and Medicaid fascinated me as I saw a variety of healthcare problems which public health professionals were trying to solve in innovative ways. In search of a formal training in healthcare, in 2015 I started my journey at the George Washington University School of Public Health. In May of 2017, I graduated with a certificate in Health Policy. The program is for professionals seeking a solid foundation in the substance of health policy and the skills of health policy analysis necessary to understand and work effectively in the health care industry. I am excited to say that I have been able to apply the knowledge I gained from the program in my current position at McDermott Will & Emery. My experience working as a project attorney at McDermott Will & Emery has increased my familiarity with the health industry and allowed me to challenge my academic education in a real-world, professional environment. My duties include assisting healthcare providers in internal investigations and in inquiries conducted by regulatory and law enforcement officials. I rely on my knowledge of laws and regulations, research and writing skills and communication skills to communicate and coordinate, not only with the healthcare entities, but also local and international regulatory agencies.
Reaching a point in c where I feel I have exhausted every path of opportunity and challenge at my current academic level, I am turning once again to the school that has brought me a great sense of accomplishment. Obtaining a certificate in Healthcare Corporate Compliance would be a natural progression in my career and will build upon my foundation in health policy. I am hopeful that it will be instrumental in bringing my career goals, ambitions and dream to fruition.
In recent times, the way healthcare is delivered and paid for is changing and there is rapid growth in the healthcare business. At the same time growth has also come hand in hand with increased regulation. The underlying reason behind healthcare regulation stems from the fundamental concerns that are at stake – life and health. Some form of supervision become necessary when factors as essential as life and health are involved. In the ever-changing laws in the healthcare field, an up-to-date education and continually expanding knowledge base is necessary to coordinate projects within diverse companies, cultures and regulatory agencies. It will be invaluable for me to gain an expert knowledge of the regulations and the regulatory agencies that have become so vital in the healthcare industry. It is fundamental for the success of healthcare organizations to have professionals who can navigate government regulations. As a lawyer and a woman who is very passionate about law and social justice, my major career objective is to play a vital role in the healthcare field. As a candidate for graduate Certificate in Health Care Corporate Compliance at the George Washington University, I am eager to expand my knowledge, and excited about the mission of helping health care organizations navigate the complex web of healthcare statutes, regulations and certifications.
I have chosen George Washington University because it meets my current needs in terms of flexibility, duration and reputation. I am confident that the Health Care Corporate Compliance program at George Washington University will help me to advance my career with a broader regulatory foundation. As a highly motivated professional, I plan to bring to the classroom my perseverance, discipline and dedication. I am thrilled to be in Prof. Jane Hyatt Thorpe’s (Director of the Healthcare Corporate Compliance Program) class once more. During my Health Policy program, I took two classes under Prof Thorpe. It was indeed a challenging and rewarding experience. Her classes transformed my understanding of good research and has been a catalyst for my quest for a broader knowledge in health law. I enjoy the challenge of complex and often demanding work environment and I am confident that this graduate course will provide me with a firm foundation for future work as Health Care Compliance Officer.
It is my sincere interest in helping others that has driven me to the healthcare industry. Health Care Corporate Compliance is a crucial department in the approval and compliance process. It has a profound impact on the existence of healthcare entities and on patients’ health. I believe that a deeper understanding and interaction with regulators will be fundamental for me to continue assisting healthcare entities to comply with and exceed the healthcare standards. I am therefore certain that graduate study at George Washington University will be an invaluable extension of my academic pursuits, and a major step towards achieving my career objectives and ultimately living my dream.
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