Pathways to Healthcare

It is a common misconception that working in the field of healthcare requires going to medical school. While medical school is necessary to become a physician, there are hundreds of other roles that exist in the field of healthcare, many of which do not require years and years of graduate schooling (or none at all).

Each semester, the Center for Career Development holds a Pathways to Healthcare panel that features 4-5 UConn alumni who are currently working in healthcare and did not attend med school, dental school, PA school, or nursing school. These fantastic alumni share insight into how they decided on their own career paths, what they did while still in college to gain experience, and how they transitioned into their current role post-graduation.

Each event also includes a brief overview presentation about different “buckets’ of healthcare occupations, including both patient-care-focused roles and more behind-the-scenes roles, where you can find more information about them, and advice for those of you who are looking to get started pursuing one of these careers.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Pathways to Healthcare – Fall 2021 Panel
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
3:30-5:00 PM
Zoom

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PAST EVENTS:

  • Spring 2021

    Panelists:

    Anamika Mishra ‘18
    Major: Chemistry
    Current Role: Clinical Research Coordinator at NYU Langone Health

    Anamika graduated with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from UConn in 2018 and is currently working at NYU School of Medicine as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Her role includes coordinating clinical trials for prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and slowing the progression of memory decline in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Additionally, she recruits subjects, conducts and schedules screenings and follow-up visits at various departments throughout NYU Langone Health and serves as a liaison to numerous pharmaceutical to numerous pharmaceuticals as well as medical centers throughout the US.

    Christina Linegar ‘14
    Major: Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
    Current Role: Surgical Neurophysiologist at SpecialtyCare

    Christina graduated from UConn in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. She came back to UConn and received a graduate certificate in Intraoperative Neuromonitoring in 2019, and a Master of Science in Surgical Neurophysiology in 2020. She currently works as a Surgical Neurophysiologist at SpecialtyCare, where she works as part of a team that provides intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring during surgical procedures where there is risk of neurological injury with the goal of detecting early signs of potential injury to reduce risk of postoperative deficit. Some aspects of her role involve explaining test procedures so they are understandable to the patient, performing initial clinical monitor and sensory neurological assessment, and incorporating results into expectations or changes in monitoring protocols.

    Juliana Lewis ‘16
    Major: Allied Health Sciences
    Current Role: Research Consultant at The Lewin Group (formerly member of AmeriCorps)

    Juliana graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Sciences. She currently works as a Research Consultant at The Lewin Group, a health and human services consulting firm. Her role involves analyzing Medicaid and CHIP data, conducting policy research, and developing and conducting trainings. Prior to joining the Lewin Group, she was an intern at the Society for Public Health Education in Washington, DC and completed an AmeriCorps term at StayWell Health Center in Waterbury, CT. She is currently a Master of Public Health student at the George Washington University.

    Quian Callender ‘16
    Major: Healthcare Management
    Current Role: Program and Analytics Manager, Health Equity at Hartford Healthcare

    Quian graduated from UConn in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, and later went on to the University of Michigan to receive both a certificate in Health Informatics, and a Master of Health Services Administration, Health Management and Policy in 2018. Quian currently works as a Program and Analytics Manager in Health Equity at Hartford Healthcare. His role involves informing strategy and identifying resources needed for development of a new department focused on health equity, diversity, and inclusion; leading health equity data analytics to drive better health outcomes and reduce health disparities; and facilitating community partnerships and relationships that promote community health and well-being.

  • Fall 2020

    Panelists:

    Elizabeth Tomasco, Lab Supervisor at Yale University School of Medicine

    Elizabeth is currently working at the Yale University DNA Diagnostics Lab, where she was previously an intern and then a technologist before becoming lab supervisor. She is certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology in Molecular Biology and her background includes graduating from the Diagnostic Genetic Sciences Program at UConn. The completion of this program included a clinical rotation at Yale School of Medicine in their DNA Diagnostic Lab, where she gained skills in complex molecular analysis and performing testing for Fragile X, BRCA1/2, Prader-Willi/Angelman Syndrome, and next generation sequence analysis. During her time at UConn, she worked as a teaching assistant in a molecular technologies laboratory course, and as an ambassador and office worker for the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources.

    Daniel Lupacchino, Licensed Massage Therapist and Bodyworker at Integrative Massage Works

    Daniel graduated from UConn with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 2010. Daniel is fascinated by human culture and dynamics and he concentrated in Medical Anthropology, Ethnomedicine, Gender and Sexuality, Sociology, and Native American Studies, which provided him a unique view-point and understanding in his healing work. He started his holistic training at the age of 16, and is in private practice in both teaching healing practices in Glastonbury, CT. Daniel is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Medical Intuitive, Spiritual Counselor, Master Healer, and Integrated Energy Therapy Master Instructor. The scope of his class topics include healing, meditation, metaphysical practices, and spirituality. He is also a member of the American Bodywork & Massage Professionals.

    Heather McHugh (MSOL), Talent Acquisition Sourcing Specialist at Hartford Healthcare

    Heather is currently working as a Talent Acquisition Sourcing Specialist for Hartford Healthcare, a large, integrated healthcare network with over 30,000 colleagues in hospitals, behavioral health and rehabilitation services, medical group services, skilled-nursing and home health services, and a range of services for seniors. Heather is specifically responsible for filling openings in the Community Network across Connecticut, focusing on hard-to-fill openings. In previous years, Heather has held a variety of human resources and operations positions including as a Talent Acquisition Specialist for TRADEBE, dealing with employee relations, maintaining recruiting efforts, and managing internship programs. Heather graduated from Albertus Magnus College with degrees in Marketing and Human Resources Management and also holds a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University.

    Dontrez Johnson, Community Health Fellow at Project Horseshoe Farm

    Dontrez is currently attending the Horseshoe Farms Fellowship post baccalaureate program, which is an educational, grant-supported gap year for top graduating college students interested in learning about community health leadership, participating in innovative approaches to improving local health and education systems, and contributing to broader strengths in communities. Dontrez graduated in May 2020 from Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science with a focus in Biology/Chemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology and has plans to attend medical school to become a cardiologist.

    Check out this recap of our Fall 2020 panel by our CLAS Career Ambassador, Anusha!

  • Spring 2020

    Panelists:

    Maggie Balogh, M.S. Surgical Neurophysiology Student at UConn
    Currently a graduate student in UConn’s Surgical Neurophysiology Master’s Program, Maggie has a number of years of clinical and research experience. Maggie is currently a practicum student at St. Francis Hospital, where she is learning the ins and outs of intraoperative neuromonitoring alongside operating room staff and neurologists. During her undergraduate studies, Maggie volunteered at Johnson Memorial Hospital as a patient advocate and was a client supervisor at Perception House, an addiction treatment facility. Maggie also participated in multiple health-related initiatives internationally, including an alternative break trip to the Dominican Republic and a summer abroad in Spain. After graduating with a double major in Psychological Sciences and Physiology and Neurobiology, Maggie became a Lab Manager at the Murine Behavioral Neurogenetics Facility, where she collaborated with various labs at UConn to select, carry out, and analyze a battery of behavioral tasks on genetic mouse models for one year before starting her graduate studies.

    Stephanie Luczak (LMSW), Help Me Grow National Center Program Coordinator at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
    Stephanie graduated from UConn with her Bachelor’s in Political Science and Communications in 2014 and enrolled in the UConn Master’s in Social Work (MSW) program with a concentration in Policy and Practice shortly after. Her interest in children’s advocacy through a social work perspective guided her experiences working as an MSW Policy Intern and Direct Support Professional in the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services. Additionally, Stephanie held a position as a Research Assistant at DataHaven before collaborating with the Connecticut Voices for Children as a Policy Fellow and Intern. Currently, she promotes the healthy development of young children and the well-being of low-income youth of color as a Program Coordinator of the Help Me Grow National Center at Connecticut Children’s.

    Heather McHugh (MSOL), Talent Acquisition Sourcing Specialist at Hartford Healthcare
    Heather is currently working as a Talent Acquisition Sourcing Specialist for Hartford Healthcare, a large, integrated healthcare network with over 25,000 employees in hospitals, behavioral health and rehabilitation services, medical group services, skilled nursing and home health services, and a range of services for seniors. Heather is specifically responsible for filling openings in the Community Network across Connecticut, focusing on hard-to-fill openings. In previous years, Heather has held a variety of human resources and operations positions including as a Talent Acquisition Specialist for TRADEBE, dealing with employee relations, maintaining recruiting efforts, and managing internship programs. Heather graduated from Albertus Magnus College with degrees in Marketing and Human Resources Management and also holds a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University.

    Mallory Mourmouras, M.S. Surgical Neurophysiology Student at UConn
    Currently, Mallory is a graduate student at UConn pursuing her Master’s of Science in Surgical Neurophysiology, a degree that has introduced her to in-depth neuroanatomy and neurophysiology and is preparing her to sit for the CNIM certification. During her undergraduate career, Mallory studied Physiology and Neurobiology and was an Undergraduate Research Assistant in a behavioral neuroscience laboratory, where she worked with human subjects through spatial memory tasks. She also was involved with the Husky Ambassador Program and Pi Beta Phi as well as worked as a Teaching Assistant in an Enhanced Human Physiology and Anatomy course, responsible for leading group work sessions. She has a variety of other experiences as a substitute teacher and in the foodservice industry as well.

    Check out this recap of our Spring 2020 panel by our Career Consultant, Lisa!

  • Fall 2019

    *Note: This event was not recorded.

    Panelists:

    Alyssa Blanchette
    Distributor at Paragon 28

    Alyssa currently serves as the principal distributor at Sole Surgical, LLC., which is an exclusive distributorship of Paragon 28. In this role, Alyssa is part of a team that is dedicated to creating tailored solutions and tools to improve the treatment of the most difficult foot and ankle conditions that take into account individual surgeon’s preferences, creative innovation, high-quality, and cost-effectiveness. Previously, Alyssa spent almost four years as an emergency room medical scribe at two inner-city trauma centers. As a medical scribe, Alyssa interacted regularly with the medical director, assistant medical director, doctors, APRNs, nurses, CNAs, and clerical staff at both facilities while playing an integral role in documenting patients’ physical exams, lab results, and imaging according to compliance standards. Alyssa graduated from UConn with a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Sciences and is also a graduate of Medical Sales College with a focus on Orthopedic Reconstruction/Trauma.

    Corbinian Wanner
    Research Assistant – Glycogen Storage Disease Program at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

    As a research assistant with the Glycogen Storage Disease Program at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Corbinian both designs individual research projects and supports ongoing research projects related to the rare metabolic disorder glycogen storage disease. During his undergraduate years at UConn, Corbinian worked towards a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and was a part of the Honors Program. He also worked within the Connecticut Children’s Emergency Department and designed a study that compared children’s academic perceptions with socioeconomic factors, with the goal of identifying correlations, and was involved with the development of a tool that will refer at-risk youth to Hartford nonprofits and community partners. As a recent graduate looking to expand his knowledge and experience, Corbinian also spends time shadowing hospital staff in various positions and departments and attending grand rounds presentations at Connecticut Children’s.

    Eric Halpern, PharmD
    Assistant Dispensary Manager at Fine Fettle

    Dr. Halpern currently works at a medical marijuana dispensary in Newington, CT called Fine Fettle. Relatively new to this role, he is excited to increase awareness of the CT Medical Marijuana Program and medical cannabis among pharmacists, healthcare professionals, and patients throughout the state. Dr. Halpern has also worked as a pharmacy manager at Stop & Shop, People’s Medical & Pharmacy, and Walgreens. Throughout his five years as a pharmacy manager, Dr. Halpern has overseen training for pharmacy technicians and pharmacists, enrolling patients in a medication synchronization program, the coordination of medication deliveries, and improving local community relationships with various educational and outreach initiatives among many other things. Prior to working as a manager, Dr. Halpern also had roles as a staff pharmacist, district pharmacist, and pharmacy intern at Walgreens. Dr. Halpern received his PharmD from UConn.

    Patrick Adams
    Clinical Collaborator, Foundation Medicine

    Patrick Adams works at Foundation Medicine, which is a biotechnology company in Massachusetts that is dedicated to transforming cancer care through a deep understanding of the genomic changes that contribute to each patient’s unique cancer. In this role, Patrick develops relationships with key stakeholders in the cancer care industry and develops specific plans to facilitate the application of Foundation Medicine’s products and services. Previously, Patrick worked at Genomic Health, a company that specializes in genetic research and cancer detection. In his role as a senior genomic liaison at Genomic Health, a sales-oriented position, he shared his medical and scientific expertise with healthcare providers and decision-makers, effectively communicating how the company’s products and methods could be applied in distinct scenarios. Patrick has over twenty years of experience in pharmaceutical sales and specializes in selling in clinically complex environments.

    Sayan Basu
    Test Engineer at Medtronic

    Sayan has a number of years of medical research experience, which have led him to his current position as a test engineer at Medtronic. As a test engineer, Sayan is a part of the new product development team for Medtronic’s Minimally Invasive Therapies Group (MITG). Sayan’s past medical research includes time in labs at both UConn, focusing on bicelle encapsulated semiconductor quantum dots, and Yale University, focusing on the use of fMRI neural feedback and motor imagery as therapeutic intervention. Sayan graduated from UConn with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Materials Science and Engineering.