Monica Sridhar

Medical Student, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Monica Sridhar graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2014 as a Chemistry major and Business Management minor.  During this time, Monica worked at V-BID because because she became interested in process improvement and ways to enhance the American healthcare system.  Here, she was able to understand a unique approach to lowering the cost of health care while increasing its quality. She used this experience to continue her progress in the healthcare policy field and landed an internship during her gap year at the Patient and Family Centered Care Center at the University of Pittsburgh.  Monica then began to work as a Patient Care Technician at the Cardiovascular Center at the University of Michigan Hospital.  This experience helped her to gain insight on the provider side of health care delivery.  All of these experiences culminated toward her current status as a medical student at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey.  As a medical student in the generation of health care reform, Monica hopes to use the experiences from V-BID, the PFCC Center, and the Cardiovascular Center to learn how a physician can deliver the best quality of care to a patient.  With numerous silos in the health care field, which induce difficulty in creating a unified front, Monica firmly believes that a physician has a unique power to bring these diversified areas in healthcare together.

“I believe my most valuable time at V-BID was learning the concept of value-based insurance design and creating an infographic.  As simple as the task may seem, it proved to be quite difficult.  Not only do you have to be creative in creating images that truly captured V-BID’s message but you also have to simplify the concept to a basic level.  As a beginner in understanding the health care system myself, I was already overwhelmed by the complexity of the American health care system.  How was I supposed to simplify that to the common person?  The infographic forced me to understand the nuances of V-BID and the healthcare system and allowed me to synthesize the information I learned into a simple visual aid.  As a medical student, the most important skill I gained from V-BID was being able to understand the complexity of the health care system.  Every day in school, I am asked about current health care trends and changes.  Without the foundation I built from V-BID, I would not be able to intelligently answer questions and participate in discussions with physicians and fellow classmates.  As mentioned above, V-BID definitely influenced my current career path.  Dr. Fendrick painted a picture of how a physician can change the field of healthcare. Following in his foot steps, I hope to do the same in my future.”