Health Sector Management (HSM) students from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University stopped by VA’s central office in Washington, D.C., last week to speak with Sec. Bob McDonald.
The visit is part of the school’s effort to introduce students to working in the federal government and, according to professor Don Taylor, serves as an opportunity to learn more about the largest integrated healthcare system in the country.
Sec. McDonald, along with Dr. Carolyn Clancy, interim under secretary for health, and Stephen Warren, the executive in charge of information and technology, interacted with the more than 30 students and faculty members in VA’s Omar Bradley conference room. They made a case for business students, such as the visitors from Duke, bringing their skills and education to work for Veterans at VA.
“We wanted [students] to get a chance to meet with the Secretary and other experts who are leading the reform in this system,” Taylor later said. “I think [the Secretary’s] leadership, actually, has a chance to really open up some opportunities for business students who might intuitively or reflexively think government is not [their] thing. But, I think he persuasively made the case that there are chances to do things here that can help the VA, and then probably give them the skills they need when they go on to the private sector.”
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