Dillon - Masters in Health Administration Student Ambassador
Hello. My name is Dillon Edward Brady, a first year student in the Residential Masters in Health Administration program. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Economics. I am originally from Columbia, SC.
My interests include physical, mental, social, financial, environmental, and spiritual health. Detailed interests include, but are not limited to, art, astronomy, behavioral economics, college basketball, computers, cooking, DIY, diagnostic imaging, drawing, electronic health records, healthcare management, film, financial analysis, fishing, healthcare, IT, juggling, literature, music, nutrition, philosophy, photography, project management, psychology, renewable energy, research, skiing, statistics, technology, tennis and yoga.
We live in amazing times. Our nation faces innumerable challenges, but also the opportunity to deliver and administer healthcare effectively, despite limited resources. We currently have a disease-management system, where the fragmented model is money-driven and lags behind other OECD countries, in terms of the ability to provide affordable care. The current fee-for-service model pushes for increased medical procedures, but does not reward doctors for quality performance or increased patient education. Pharmaceutical giants galvanize television ads, persuading viewers to “ask your doctor,” even though overmedication does not necessarily resolve the problem, and often creates further complications.
In addition to the quintessential healthcare literature, I urge that prospective students consider reading Dan Ariely’s Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, as well as, watch the groundbreaking documentary “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare” to gain perspective.
Although it may take considerable time and energy, the US can transition from a fragmented to a collaborative healthcare approach focused on interprofessionalism and expanded quality patient care. The College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina gives students tools needed to become knowledgeable and successful in their respective fields. From my experience, I can tell you that MHA professors go far beyond the “buzz words” and challenge students to analyze core healthcare issues, identifying trends, risk factors, and potential solutions. The curriculum is balanced and teaching styles uniquely satisfying. Outside the classroom, MUSC and CHP facilitate many clubs, networking events, shadowing opportunities, internships, post-graduate fellowships and residencies.
MUSC Wellness Center provides an atmosphere where personal fitness goals and healthy lifestyle choices may be achieved and maintained. If ever in the mood for something other than MUSC’s admired cafeteria, fantastic restaurants, including Hominy Grill, Five Loaves Café, and Norm’s Pizza, offer sensibly priced menu options and are within walking distance of campus.
Charleston, SC was recently ranked “Top City in the World” by Condé Nast. Who would not want to spend time in an area where John C. Calhoun, Edgar Allan Poe, AJ Green, and Bill Murray have all resided?
Don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions!