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WELCOME TO THE FOSTER HEALTHCARE AND BIOTECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION!

Mission of Healthcare and Biotechnology Association (HCBA)

  1. Career: Support Foster MBA’s pursuing a career in healthcare and provide exposure for all MBA’s to career paths in the industry.

  2. Education: Develop skills to comfortably navigate patient access to healthcare throughout life and gain knowledge needed for working in healthcare.

  3. Community: Engage with broader healthcare community to develop strong professional network.

HCBA achieves its mission through pursuing a diverse set of activities and events, including speaker series, site visits, experiential learning opportunities, and large networking events. For those interested in pursuing careers in the healthcare and biotechnology spaces, or simply wanting to learn more about these dynamic and impactful industries, this club serves as a valuable and integral component of the Foster experience. 

2018-2019 Membership Dues 

  • Full Time: $35 for 1-year membership

  • Evening: $30 for a 1-year membership 

  • Students from other schools and departments are welcome to join and take full advantage of what our organization has to offer. 

To join HCBA: Please pay your membership dues to our official club venmo account: @MbaHcba

 

Leadership
 
 
AARON SACHS  CO-PRESIDENT     Community Partnership:   UW Buerk Center ,  Holloman Health Innovation Challenge    Summer Internship:  Program Manager at Google Data Centers   Why Healthcare:  In my opinion, Healthcare offers innovators the biggest opportunity to solve some of the world's toughest problems while having the greatest impact. I want to work with the smart people solving these problems to figure out how together we can solve these problems in a commercially sustainable way.

AARON SACHS
CO-PRESIDENT

Community Partnership: UW Buerk Center, Holloman Health Innovation Challenge

Summer Internship: Program Manager at Google Data Centers

Why Healthcare: In my opinion, Healthcare offers innovators the biggest opportunity to solve some of the world's toughest problems while having the greatest impact. I want to work with the smart people solving these problems to figure out how together we can solve these problems in a commercially sustainable way.

KC PRESKA  VICE PRESIDENT     Community Partnership:   Cambia Grove    Summer Internship:  Consultant at PWC Customer Experience   Why Healthcare:  In my youth, I spent a lot of time in hospitals due to my family's medical issues. I witnessed opportunities for improvement and a lack of coordinated care for patients with complex medical conditions. These experiences instilled in me a passion to contribute to the healthcare space. I am most interested in how the application of emerging technologies can improve healthcare outcomes and patient experience while reducing costs.

KC PRESKA
VICE PRESIDENT

Community Partnership: Cambia Grove

Summer Internship: Consultant at PWC Customer Experience

Why Healthcare: In my youth, I spent a lot of time in hospitals due to my family's medical issues. I witnessed opportunities for improvement and a lack of coordinated care for patients with complex medical conditions. These experiences instilled in me a passion to contribute to the healthcare space. I am most interested in how the application of emerging technologies can improve healthcare outcomes and patient experience while reducing costs.


RUCHIR THAKORE    CO-PRESIDENT     Community Partnership:   UW Medical School    Summer Internship:  TBD   Why Healthcare:  Healthcare is a fast-growing industry with complex problems that impact millions of lives. I want to tackle issues of quality, affordability, and delivery of care.

RUCHIR THAKORE
CO-PRESIDENT

Community Partnership: UW Medical School

Summer Internship: TBD

Why Healthcare: Healthcare is a fast-growing industry with complex problems that impact millions of lives. I want to tackle issues of quality, affordability, and delivery of care.

BARBARA LEE  VICE PRESIDENT     Community Partnership:  Seattle Healthcare Meetups ( Design for Healthcare ,  Seattle Health Innovators ,  Seattle BioTech & Bagels )   Summer Internship:  Summer Associate, Global Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets   Why Healthcare:  Healthcare is one of the few industries where innovation drives not only an improvement in people's everyday lives but life and death for people who need it most. It's a fascinating industry to be a part of in today's climate in particular because there are so many changes on the horizon for healthcare policy reform, value-based care, and new technologies disrupting how patients receive and manage their care.

BARBARA LEE
VICE PRESIDENT

Community Partnership: Seattle Healthcare Meetups (Design for Healthcare, Seattle Health Innovators, Seattle BioTech & Bagels)

Summer Internship: Summer Associate, Global Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets

Why Healthcare: Healthcare is one of the few industries where innovation drives not only an improvement in people's everyday lives but life and death for people who need it most. It's a fascinating industry to be a part of in today's climate in particular because there are so many changes on the horizon for healthcare policy reform, value-based care, and new technologies disrupting how patients receive and manage their care.


 
 
Events

The HCBA board members spend a great deal of time networking with trailblazers in the local healthcare, global health, and biotech community to organize events for our members. We host regular events for members that cover a broad array of topics across healthcare administration, healthcare consulting, global health, and biotechnology topics. Examples of past events include:

  • Design Thinking Workshop with Kaiser Permanente: learn how a health system applies design thinking to service delivery and facility planning

  • Premera Blue Cross Tour: meet with the leaders of a PNW insurance company to learn about unique challenges and opportunities within the organization

  • Seattle Children’s Hospital Tour: an opportunity to tour one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country to understand the intersection of patient care, design, and operations

  • PATH Tour: a tour of the local renowned international health organization to learn more on the various global healthcare issues and in progress solutions

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Tour: a joint tour with the Net Impact Club to learn more about global development and healthcare from one of the largest foundations in the world

  • Philips Healthcare Manufacturing Tour: a joint tour with the Operations Club to see the Toyota Production System to create hospital/healthcare tools and equipment

  • Just Biotherapeutics Tour: tour of a local biotechnology company that focuses on scaling and development of biotechnologies

  • Healthcare and Biotechnology Association Networking and Social Event: annual student and alumni event to hear about the short- and long-term healthcare opportunities and learnings

  • Unique Careers in Healthcare Dinner & Panel: dinner with industry professionals to understand that ‘you don’t need a background in healthcare to get into healthcare,’ featuring – SightLife, Northwest Hospital, Novo Nordisk, Village Reach, Safe Flame

  • Health & Wellness Startup Panel: an evening to understand the various opportunities in healthcare as a startup, featuring the following local companies – Aduro, Arivale, Pillsy

  • ECG Meet-the-Firm & Consulting Walk: meet with former Foster alums at ECG to understand the world of healthcare consulting

  • Valuation in Biotechnology with Clifford Stocks: CEO of OncoResponse explains what it takes to evaluate a new biotechnology

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