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Meet Mira Patel '19

Job Title & Employer
Medical Student
Job Title & Employer
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
April 2019
Duncansville, Pa.
High School
Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School
Now Living In
Scranton, Pa.
Hobbies & Interests
CrossFit, running, yoga, hiking, baking, reading, traveling and exploring coffee shops and smoothie shops

"The perspectives, people and education that Rowland School of Business gave me will no doubt benefit me in every step along the way."

Mira Patel '19

What have you been up to since graduating from Point Park?

Since graduating from Point Park, I had the opportunity to work at Highmark Health as an IT Project Manager, where I was able to lead the successful implementation of technologies in the ER and ICU units during the COVID-19 pandemic. In August, I began medical school at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, where I am now.

What do you enjoy about medical school?

While medical school can be stressful and overwhelming at times, I am truly enjoying it. I love learning so much, particularly in an area of study that I am interested in. I am also actively involved in the school leadership as the Health and Wellness Chair and in various research endeavors studying mindfulness use in the clinical setting.

Why did you choose Point Park?

I chose Point Park because of its location. With its proximity and ties to downtown businesses, I knew that this program would help me make lifelong connections. 

How did your experience at Point Park help prepare you for medical school?

The one thing about Point Park's program that really stuck out to me was the team-based learning. It was incorporated into pretty much every course, and it became vitally important in both the corporate world and in medical school where team-based practice and learning are the backbone.

Aside from the education you received within the classroom, what other aspects of the Point Park experience prepared you for your career?

Point Park's MBA program has an impressive number of women and underrepresented minorities, and this allows for enhanced learning and connections. Having gotten to know so many successful females in the industry, paving their own paths, has continued to drive me to pursue a career in orthopedic surgery in which there are very few female surgeons. 

What career advice do you have for current Rowland School of Business students?

Do not limit yourself. The process of getting an MBA is about acquiring tools and making connections. It does not mean you have to have a career in business, or even in your major. After getting my MBA, I started medical school, pursuing a career in medicine. The perspectives, people and education that Rowland School of Business gave me will no doubt benefit me in every step along the way.

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