Dr. Monica Beaulieu
Class of 2008
Clinical Associate Professor, The University of British Columbia
Medical Lead, Projects & Initiatives, BC Renal Agency
Monica works as a Nephrologist at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. In addition to her patient care and teaching role, she is the Medical Lead of Projects & Initiatives for the BC Renal Agency. Her MHA training has been instrumental to her work with the Agency, which oversees the administration of clinical practice, research and funding for all patients with kidney disease in British Columbia. In addition to a more thorough understanding of the health care system and health care policy in Canada, the program also provided the tools required to test and successfully implement innovative solutions to common health care challenges in her field.
What aspects of the MHA program did you most appreciate?
The faculty — their dedication to continuous instruction made the training both dynamic and individualized.
My fellow students—their unique health care experiences made the class work and discussions rich and rewarding. Looking back, it is the lessons learned and the differing points of view that I carry with me in my current practice.
What works of advice would you have for prospective MHA students?
This program is an excellent investment. Remember that you will not become an expert in any one subject or course taught, but the courses in the program are structured to complement each other and give you the background that you need in this field. It will start by teaching you what is “in the box”, so you can — confidently, but strategically — think outside it.