#SLULAWSummer - Rising 4L Ryan Chafe

June 19, 2015

 

By Ryan Chafe

 

I am a rising 4L dual degree student currently pursuing my J.D. and Master’s of Health Administration at SLU. Originally from Virginia, I received my undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and spent a few years after college working for Sentara HealthCare and then the Virginia Department of Health. I moved to St. Louis to attend SLU LAW’s top-ranked health law program at the Center for Health Law Studies.

I am interning this summer with BJC Healthcare, a leading health system in the St. Louis region. I’ve found myself in a very fortunate position in that I have two internships with BJC in which I split my time equally between the general counsel’s office and the BJC Center for Clinical Excellence where I am a member of the strategy and operations team.

As a dual degree student this was a great opportunity for me to apply classroom lessons from both the School of Law and the College for Public Health and Social Justice in a practical setting.

As an intern with BJC’s general counsel I’ve been able to take on projects dealing with a number of legal issues that large health systems face on a daily basis. In the past month I have worked on projects regarding the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, EMTALA and hospital licensing issues, among others. In addition to the deliverable work product expectations of the legal department, the attorneys I work with have been incredibly welcoming and inclusive, inviting me to trial, mediations, litigation focus groups and weekly intern discussions with various in-house attorneys.

At the Center for Clinical Excellence I work with a multidisciplinary group of administrators and fellow interns pursuing projects designed to improve clinical governance, increase care efficiency, promote clinical innovation and advance new operational processes within the BJC system. The CCE puts significant effort into giving interns a challenging and rewarding experience, which has resulted in a robust internship program offering excellent opportunities for professional development, leadership training and practical skill improvement. 

I have learned so much in the past month and can’t wait to see what type of projects and experiences the rest of the summer will bring. Regardless of what’s to come, I can already tell this unique internship opportunity will help prepare me for the upcoming challenges associated with completing my degrees and navigating the job market ahead.

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