Events


Healthcare Club hosts events throughout the year, providing students with an opportunity to learn about the healthcare system, meet other students interested in healthcare, connect with companies across the healthcare sector, prepare for interviews at healthcare companies, and network with Kellogg alumni who work in healthcare.

These events include:

Healthcare 101 Speaker Series

In the Fall Quarter, the Healthcare at Kellogg faculty provide an overview of the healthcare industry through a series of lectures over lunch. This is a great way for students who have an interest in healthcare as a potential career field but do not have extensive experience to learn more about the industry.

Students who wish to register for these events can do so through CampusGroups.

# Topic Speaker Description
1 Overview of U.S. Health System and Healthcare at Kellogg Prof. Craig Garthwaite An introduction to healthcare in the U.S. including recent trends and an overview of the Affordable Care Act. The Health Enterprise Management pathway at Kellogg is mapped out.
2 U.S. Health Insurance System (Public and Private) Prof. Amanda Starc An overview of the U.S. health insurance system including an analysis of the various ways Americans pay for their healthcare and how recent reforms are leading to new trends.
3 Health “Tech” & Start Ups Prof. Pete McNerney A guide from the experienced Prof. McNerney on how to secure venture capital funding for a healthcare startup. He advises students to know the environment, know the market, follow the money, and know their sources of capital, as the funding approach varies across healthcare sub-sectors.
4 Life Sciences: BioPharma Prof. Craig Garthwaite A discussion of the trade-off between incentivizing innovation and making drugs more affordable, an overview of the FDA approval process, an explanation of the role of PBMs, a discussion of why drug prices remain high for off-patent drugs that treat small patient populations, and more.
5 Health Providers: Operations Prof. Jan Van Mieghem An overview of hospital operations, including how the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (part of the ACA) attempts to change incentives of hospitals in order to reduce patient readmissions and the trade-offs between collaboration and interruptions among hospital staff.
6 Health Providers: Market-Level Perspective Prof. David Dranove A discussion of the recent trend in hospitals merging and acquiring physician practices, how physician behavior needs to change if we expect to bend the cost curve, the failure of electronic health records to yield the massive cost savings that were expected, and more.

Healthcare Week

The Healthcare Club sponsors an annual Healthcare Week to promote healthcare programming at Kellogg.

  • Hear My Healthcare Story
  • Executive Fireside Chats
  • Fitness Challenges
  • 2nd Year Career Panels
    • Introduction to Career Paths in Healthcare
    • Payor & Provider
    • Biopharma & Medical Devices
    • Healthcare Startups

Company Lunch & Learns

The Healthcare Club partners with dozens of healthcare organizations across the provider, payor, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and healthcare consulting sectors to host informational lunches with company recruiters throughout the school-year.

Career Treks

The Healthcare Club organizes annual student-led career treks in several cities to visit healthcare companies. Past healthcare career treks have included informational presentations and tours hosted by healthcare organizations in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and more.

Case Competitions

Biotech and Healthcare Case Competition

Each year, teams of students from top business schools around the world compete to win a top price of $5,000.

Poets and Quants has recognized the event on its list of Top 20 Global Case Competitions.

In recent years, schools including Berkeley Haas, Chicago Booth, Dartmouth Tuck, Duke Fuqua, Harvard, INSEAD, Michigan Ross, Oxford Said, UCLA Anderson, and Wharton have competed in the event.

Teams receive a case and will then have seven days to prepare a presentation based on the information in the case. The case focuses on a complex healthcare question; previous topics have ranged from forecasting sales of a new molecule to considering how best to reduce childhood mortality due to pneumonia in Uganda.

The case competition weekend kicks off with an informal dinner. The following day, teams present to a panel of judges. There is a case debrief session at the end of the day, followed by dinner and an awards ceremony. Participants can also attend the Kellogg Business of Healthcare Conference held the same day.

Applications are typically due in November. Teams should have 3, 4 or 5 members. Part-time and full-time students can apply. All team members must be students in graduate programs, with at least 2 members of each team enrolled in an MBA program.

You can find more information about the competition here.

Social Events

The Healthcare Club fosters a closely-knit community of students interested in healthcare at Kellogg through regular social events, including lunches, happy hours, small-group dinners, and more.

Upcoming Events

  • Nov
    30

    Simon-Kucher & Partners Lunch and Learn

    Join leaders from Simon-Kucher & Partners for an interactive case workshop evaluating the strategic launch of an innovative CAR T-cell therapy and what it’s like to work as a SKP consultant.
  • Dec
    2

    Johnson & Johnson Lunch and Learn

    Join us for a discussion from a leading company in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and consumer health.
  • Dec
    2

    [Students in Person] Executive Chat: Martha Wofford

    Martha, the 8th president and CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, has been a recognized leader in healthcare since 2005. Martha came to Blue Cross from DaVita, where for almost seven years she led the company’s critical shift from volume to value-based care, taking full financial and clinical accountability for kidney patients on behalf of commercial payers. Martha also oversaw patient experience and patient education at DaVita’s 2800 dialysis clinics nationwide. Prior to joining DaVita, Martha worked at Aetna for nearly a decade in various leadership roles. She led the company’s effort to deliver simple solutions to help consumers navigate the healthcare system. Martha helped to start up Aetna’s Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plan business; was responsible for Aetna’s national direct-to-consumer sales capability; and served as the general manager for the Northeast Region for Aetna’s Medicare and consumer segment, with full accountability for more than a billion dollars in P&L. Martha was a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton from 2000 to 2005, focusing on growth strategies in the healthcare and media industries. She served in the Clinton Administration for more than six years in communications and legislative positions in The White House, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Martha earned her M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she focused on strategy and managerial economics, and she received a B.A. in history from Swarthmore College. Martha serves on the boards of directors of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and Prime Therapeutics. She cares deeply about access to education and serves on the Kellogg Alumni Council. She is a past member of the board of directors of the Denver Scholarship Foundation, which provides tools, guidance and financial resources to Denver’s public school students to enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions of higher education.
  • Dec
    3

    Edwards Lifesciences

    Join us for a discussion on CardioCare and AI integration in structural heart disease