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The Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program, working in close collaboration with the MBA student healthcare club, HCIA, produces a variety of activities throughout the year, including:

These events broaden students’ exposure to global healthcare practice and complement the learning that occurs in the classroom. Students interact regularly with leading industry practitioners, many of whom are alumni, through experiential-learning opportunities in the classroom and the following events throughout the year.

Columbia Business School Annual Healthcare Conference

This annual conference focuses on strategic areas of timely interest in the industry and draws hundreds of students, alumni, and industry professionals. The event features keynote speakers and panel discussions followed by a networking reception and career fair with the Conference's corporate sponsors. The Columbia Business School 10th Annual Healthcare Conference, “Creating Value-Based Solutions for a Discerning Healthcare Buyer”, took place at the New York Marriott Marquis on Friday, November 22, 2013. 

Keynote speakers included:

  • Robert J. Hugin, Chairman and CEO, Celgene
  • Giovanni Colella '95, CEO and Co-founder, Castlight Health 
  • Eric C. Rackow, MD, President and CEO, SeniorBridge (Humana)

Keynote speakers from past Conferences included:

  • Franz Humer M.D., Chairman, Roche AG
  • Sheri McCoy, then-Vice Chairman, Executive Committee, and member of the Office of the Chairman, Johnson & Johnson
  • Mark Bertolini, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Aetna Inc.
  • Marc Tessier-Lavigne PhD, President, Rockefeller University 
  • Sherry A. Glied, PhD, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health  

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Career Mentoring Breakfasts

Distinguished healthcare industry leaders meet with small groups of students to discuss career paths, the job market, and the state of the industry.

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Healthcare Boot Camp

Seasoned practitioners work with students to review the operating environment, key performance drivers, and leading companies in the sector. These sessions, typically held in the fall, augment the healthcare electives and provide useful additional insight into the pharmaceutical/biotechnology, medical-devices/diagnostics, and healthcare-services sectors. 2013 Panelists included:

  • Jon Gordon, Director, Office of Strategy, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

  • Rachel Winokur, Head of Business Development, Healthagen

  • Bob Essner, Retired CEO of Wyeth, CBS Adjunct Professor

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Lunch and Learn

Senior executives visit campus throughout the year to share their expertise with students and faculty members in a small-group setting.

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Healthcare Career Supercharger

Alumni practitioners lead this evening seminar in early fall, offering students an introduction to key sectors and jobs in the healthcare industry. Alumni representatives invited from various areas of the industry participate in a panel discussion about the nature of their work and the skills, talents, and personality attributes needed to succeed in their roles. 2013 Panelists include:

  • Fran Heller J.D., Senior Vice President, Business Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb

  • Robert Kennedy ’07, Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting

  • Philippe McAuliffe ’05, Partner, Parella Weinberg Partners

  • Lydia Regopoulos ’08, Manager, Managed Care Finance & Operations, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

  • Doug Hayes, Principal, Blueprint Health

  • Brian Clas '08, Senior Manager, WW Commercial Development, Pfizer

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Alumni Networking Events

These events throughout the year, organized by the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program/HCIA and in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations, invite prominent alumni and other professionals to participate in panel discussions on important topics impacting the healthcare industry.

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The Columbia Business School 10th Annual Healthcare Conference - Creating Value-Based Solutions for a Discerning Healthcare Buyer - was held on Friday, November 22, 2013 at the New York Marriott Marquis. For more information on the conference, click here.

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