First Year MBA Student & Academy PLUS Life Sciences Member
Sujata Gadgil’s involvement in the Life Sciences started during her senior year at the University of Michigan. As a student in the Industrial and Operations Engineering department, she undertook a capstone project tasked with increasing patient flow through the 10 outpatient clinics at the University of Michigan Hospital’s Taubman Center. The lessons learned and partnerships forged led to a memorable and impactful project, as well as a deeper interest in health care. “Performing supply chain analysis on other projects accomplished a goal of saving money, but working in a hospital is the first time I felt I was really making a difference because I was helping deliver care to patients faster,” she states. Sujata went on to apply her Operations background in hospital systems as a Consultant with CSC’s Healthcare Delivery group, specializing in Supply Chain and Perioperative Process Improvement. But her goal has always been to apply an Operations perspective in Hospital administration, so Sujata decided to pursue a Kelley MBA, and draw on the CBLS resources to achieve it.
As a first year student in the Kelley MBA program, Sujata is part of both the Supply Chain academy as well as the MBA PLUS Life Sciences Academy. The decision to apply to PLUS was natural, especially after speaking with CBLS Faculty Director, Larry Davidson. “I spoke with Professor Davidson during the application and decision process, and during each conversation, he told me that I control my career, that I am welcome to utilize the wealth of resources CBLS has, and that if I can’t find a resource that helps me attain my goals, he would help me find one. That kind of dedication to students from CBLS was all the motivation I needed to make my decision,” says Sujata.
The opportunities CBLS provides to students are hard to duplicate. Explains Sujata, “I am excited to participate in the industry trends course in the spring and learn skills that will help me succeed in a Hospital Administration Internship at a top 100 hospital system”. Sujata has already begun making connections both in the center and in industry, and looks forward to actively contributing to and participating in CBLS activities over the next two years.