February 24, 2014 11:00 AM
K.T. Kramer will graduate from Tulane University in May with not one but two professional degrees: a master’s of health administration and a juris doctorate. Both will come in handy during the next stage of her career as one of only two David A. Winston Health Policy Fellows.
“I realized there was a lot I didn’t know domestically,” she says. But the Winston Fellowship interview process showed the strength of Kramer’s studies, during which she found herself discussing the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate “that we had talked about in Dr. Hugh Long’s class.”
Kramer begins the fellowship in June. For the first three months, she will meet with as many as 200 people, from senators and lobbyists to leaders of think tanks, nonprofits and private companies, all designed to expose fellows to potential career paths and opportunities. She will then spend the rest of the year in a placement developed through the insight gained in the informational interviews.
“The Winston Health Policy Fellowship offers an amazing opportunity to engage with national health policy,” Kramer says. “I can’t imagine another way that I would have a chance, mere months after graduating, to meet with and work alongside the people who have shaped the healthcare landscape that I’ve spent four years studying.”
Dee Boling is director of communications for the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
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