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PHD Strategic Management, Medical Informatics

While preparing and working through my seminar paper this past spring, I found that I had a passionate commitment to the research I was conducting. My research into the barriers to entry into post-secondary education and the patterns of segregation in housing and employment went beyond being one more hurdle to completing a degree. I felt a responsibility, an obligation to the people I was writing about. The patterns were clear, their distress was evident, and it was up to me to bring this to light. I come from a depressed inner-city area, my church, where I am on a voluntary board of directors, is in this area, and I see the issues daily. I was in awe of the possibilities that my research could be used to help others, make changes and raise awareness on a larger scale.

In my volunteer work with XXXX Organization, a non-profit I helped create, I work with recently-released inmates who need guidance to transition to the real world. My years of supervisory work, and the leadership skills I have cultivated, academically as well as professionally, are being used to guide these men to a meaningful life. This is why I find my life incredibly satisfying. Yet, I have discovered there is much more that I can do. Earning the Ph.D. in your program will enable me to attain my professional goal of someday teaching at a quality business school. I want to combine this with my purpose of aiding nonprofits on a volunteer basis to help them operate more efficiently, developing their strategies for the development of sustainable operations.

I need to excel in my vision and am highly motivated. While I am no stranger to the demands, emotionally and psychologically, even physically, of a challenging academic course of study, my performance these past five years with the University of XXXX has provided me with a proven track record of my capabilities, academically and professionally. In my research this past spring, I have developed a profound concern with how medical informatics sometimes represents a wall for patients that marginalizes them from their treatment, especially with patients from our inner cities. I want very much to combine doctoral study in the fields of medical informatics and business and fully harness my intensive background in computer science to enhance my research as well.

I want very much to continue to study for the doctoral degree at the University of XXXX because it has become my home, and it is a unique environment for learning. I am highly pleased to have already had the unique opportunity to be both a student and employee of the university. I hope to continue this relationship until I achieve a terminal degree in my field.

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