Health Care Focus

Summer devoted to science learning and health care delivery innovation
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Rohun Gupta ’16 is spending his summer preparing for a career that would blend medicine with ILR knowhow.

Improving health care as a physician with a background in organizational behavior, public policy and other fields he studies at ILR is his career goal.

After Cornell finals in May, Gupta spent five weeks studying physics, organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry and biology.

On June 20, he took the “MCAT,” the Medical College Admission Test. This week, he began an internship with the Committee of Interns and Residents in New York City.

Peter Lazes, who leads ILR’s Healthcare Transformation Project, connected Gupta with Dr. Farbod Raiszadeh, a cardiologist who is a past president of the committee.

“We will be writing papers based on his research on how to improve residency training for better clinical results,” Gupta said.

“This is the perfect opportunity for me to get my feet wet in the field of health care policy. This lined up for me perfectly. I couldn’t be happier.

Gupta will be working in the organization’s Quality Improvement Innovation Institute compiling and analyzing data, working with residents on producing a report on an innovation project and visiting hospital project sites.

This fall, Gupta is slated to help Lazes and Associate Professor William Sonnenstuhl with a health care project.

Son of an ophthalmologist dad and a dentist mom, Gupta wants to be an orthopedic surgeon.

As a result, he has been mixing microbiology, calculus, physics and biochemistry into his ILR curriculum.

Gupta serves as an officer and twice weekly volunteer with College Mentors for Kids. Through the organization, 40 Cornell students travel weekly to the Caroline Elementary School for activities with 40 children in grades one through four.

Gupta says his classroom experiences studying human resources, labor relations and other social sciences are preparing him to meet health care challenges such as improving collaboration among physicians, administrators and other workers.

“My ILR education will be such an asset.”