From the President

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8/2/2017 - -

As I write I am on the train from my home in Washington, DC to Philadelphia to welcome the Wharton Health Care Management (WHCM) MBA Class of 2019 to campus on their first day of pre-term.  In parallel, this year, Bryan Corvino, a graduate of the Wharton MBA for Executives Program (WEMBA) and a WHCMAA board member will greet the new WEMBA students whose careers are focused in health care on behalf of WHCMAA.  Our shared message:  Welcome to the WHCMAA community!

How far we’ve come.  I recently read WHCMAA’s first bylaws, dated February 1986.  31 years later, WHCMAA boasts over two thousand alumni and members, with grads going all the way back to the first WHCM class in 1973.  We are actively looking to expand our scope beyond just the graduates of the WHCM program, and invite full-time MBAs and WEMBAs with careers in health care to join as members.    

If you are already a member and want to get more involved, consider attending one of our annual events.  This year’s flagship event will be a reception on October 4th in Philadelphia ahead of the Leonard Davis Institute’s 50th Anniversary Symposium.  And we are planning more events around large national meetings where alumni naturally congregate.  Building on the success of the long-standing JP Morgan reception, plans are afoot to expand an event at ASCO that has been held the past two years and to hold an inaugural event at HIMSS in 2018.  If you attend those meetings regularly, we welcome your involvement organizing these events.

There are other ways to get involved as well.  Mentor a student or perform outreach to your class by becoming a Class Ambassador.  Check out our SiriusXM programming or get involved with the board.  If you want to find out more, drop me a line or reach out to a board member.

I am truly humbled by the opportunity to serve as President of WHCMAA for the next two years.  During my term, I hope to serve and strengthen this amazing community of health care leaders. 

With your help, I know that we can make WHCMAA an even more robust community into the future!


John Barkett WG’09
President, WHCMAA