Student Profiles

February 27, 2019
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Student Profile: Veena Panicker

Veena Panicker received her introduction to health informatics when the clinic where she practiced dentistry in Mumbai adopted a new Electronic Health Records system. As she became familiar with the new system, she became curious about health informatics. Her curiosity took her to Michigan for her MHI. Veena has always been interested in biology and anatomy, and knew she would want to work in the medical field in some capacity even as a young child. “Taking care of people and working with people was always something I was interested in,” Veena said. When Veena was eleven, she needed to have...
February 27, 2019
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Student Profile: Joel Adu-Brimpong

MHI student Joel Adu-Brimpong thought he wanted to be a physician as an undergraduate student. After being introduced to healthcare from a systems perspective, he realized that practising medicine is not the only way to help people. As a highschooler, Joel volunteered for an organization in one of his hometowns, Berrien Springs, Michigan, called Neighbor-to-Neighbor. He organized clothes, appliances and furniture to prepare them for families who had newly immigrated to the United States and needed resources to help them acclimate to Michigan weather and life in the United States more broadly...
February 26, 2018

Student Profile: Ann Duong

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in the Economics of Health and Development from the University of Michigan, Ann Duong worked as an IT Consultant in Washington D.C. and Global Health Corps Fellow in Ruli, Rwanda. Then she returned to her home state and alma mater as an MHI student. “I came back to school because I wanted to understand how to better leverage technology and design to enhance healthcare outcomes. For me, the Health Informatics program was great because I was able to learn about policy, theory, behavior change, and get the more technical aspects of how to program and conduct...
January 15, 2018

Student Profile: Nithya Rajendran

After graduating from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion, Nithya Rajendran worked as a Health Educator at JJP Internal Medicine Clinic as “they were transitioning from paper to electronic records and implementing new technology.” That’s when she realized the role of tech in healthcare. Next, she applied to the University of Michigan Master's Degree in Health Informatics. “I wanted to challenge myself and come to a school that really values education, specifically in public health and information sciences.” She says the MHI program “is one of very few, if...
January 11, 2018

Student Profile: Etiowo Usoro

In Ibibio, Etiowo's first name means good man. His middle name, Nkeneke, translates to non-conformist. Together, these names mean “never being afraid to do the right thing,” even when doing so doesn’t fit the status quo. “I was born, the name was chosen, the path was set.” Etiowo decided the best way to be a good man was by pursuing health informatics. Resisting the sports rivalry, he transitioned from Michigan State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in physiology, to the University of Michigan Master's Degree in Health Informatics. “I spent a lot of time between this program...
March 15, 2017

Student profile: Jeremy Griswold

When Uncle Sam asks if you’re interested in pursuing a master’s degree, you say yes. That is, if you’re Navy Lieutenant Jeremy Griswold. Every year, Jeremy’s commanding officer offers the opportunity to pursue advanced degrees in varying fields. In 2014 the option was for a master’s degree in health informatics; Jeremy wasn’t going to pass it up. “When the opportunity presented itself, I was ready.” He says. “I looked at different MHI programs but the U-M program is one of the top in the country. Plus my family and my in-laws are here. My next orders might be to relocate, so it’s nice to be ‘...
February 13, 2017

Student profile: Kat James

An unlikely event triggered Kat’s interest in global health and population informatics. As a high school student in Colorado, Kat injured her knee during a freestyle skiing competition, landing her in months of physical therapy. While in therapy, she befriended another patient, a local nurse who was traveling to Tanzania the following fall on a medical mission trip. As their friendship developed, Kat asked the nurse if she could join her in her travels. Kat spent two months of her senior year working at a USAID maternal health project, as well as in the infant ICU in a hospital in Haydom,...
January 26, 2017

Student Profile: Olubisi Ajetunmobi

Olubisi "Bisi" Ajetunmobi was born in Nigeria and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was 8 years old. As a child she struggled with chronic health problems while living in low-income communities in both Oshogbo, Osun State, Nigeria, and Inkster, Mich. She was never given a clear diagnosis of asthma until she came to the United States. That introduction to health care and its inequities is what triggered her interested in medicine. Bisi saw first-hand how people suffered with preventative conditions. Unsurprisingly, she admired those doctors who could prevent, diagnose...
October 26, 2016
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Student profile: Eric Pfeifer

From helping his family with community service projects at a young age to spending a year in Beijing as an undergrad to living in Tanzania as a Peace Corps volunteer, Eric Pfeifer has taken a bit of a circuitous path on his way to the MHI program. However, the University of Michigan has always been on his radar. “It’s an institution that has a reputation for recognizing community service. It has a strong relationship with Peace Corps volunteers (PCV) through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program. For me to end up here, it felt like an alignment of values.” [The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows...
April 27, 2016
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Nurses advance careers with advanced degrees

Tawny Apsley and Michelle Bochinski are nurses currently pursuing master's of health informatics degrees at the University of Michigan. Helping fellow nurses Tawny Apsley graduated from the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan in 2013 and began working in the U-M health system that fall. A registered nurse in U-M hospital’s inpatient adult rehabilitation unit, she was eventually promoted to charge nurse, with more managerial responsibilities such as assigning nurses to patients. Even though she held a four-year degree, Tawny always knew she wanted to...