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Jeffrey Nadel ’12

Student at University of Michigan Medical School, Starting in Fall 2014

Neuroscience Major
Latin American Studies and Chemistry Minors

While in my first year of research at the National Institute of Mental Health, I was selected to be a Fellow of the NIH Academy of Health Disparities — a program that trains future physicians and scientists on the importance of socioeconomic, geographic, cultural, genetic, environmental factors on health, and why health disparities exist between demographic groups. My big interest is in health disparities and improving community health, so this was a great opportunity. Throughout the NIH Academy program, I realized that many health disparities are engendered by poorly designed social policies in certain communities. This brought about my interest in understanding how good and bad health policies are developed, and how policy work can be used as a tool to ameliorate health disparities.

To further explore that idea, in July 2013, I transitioned away from NIH and into full-time work as a health policy researcher at The Brookings Institution, specifically within their Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform. At the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, I've worked on a team investigating new ways to restructure the health care delivery and payment systems to move us toward a model that rewards value-based, high-quality care. Much of this work has been in reforming Medicare, but I've also done work across the system at large. 

I am just about to leave Brookings — only about a month left. I was recently offered a Dean’s Scholarship to attend the University of Michigan Medical School, starting in Fall 2014. The award is a five-year, full tuition scholarship that covers tuition for all four years of medical school plus a fifth year if I am interested in obtaining a dual master’s degree (MBA, MPH, MPP, etc) of my choosing. It also involves participation in a health care leadership and development program. I couldn't be more excited to take this next step!