Health Care Ethics Alumni
Michelle Pesce Dupic
Dupic was a Health Care Ethics Intern for the 2008-09 school year. She enjoyed being exposed to a vast diversity of departments and medical professionals in the hospital, "I was able to ask these professionals questions about their career path, and dig deep into their career discernment process and passions for their work. Incidentally, I learned that I was driven by advancing healthcare, but in a different way than being a direct caregiver."
After graduating from Santa Clara University, Dupic completed a Master's program in Biotechnology, and went on to the biotechnology industry and is currently a Global Project Manager for Early Stage Drug Development teams at Genentech in South San Francisco. She works with large teams across the company to bring molecules from research through pre-clinical studies, and into early clinical development (phase 1 and 2 clinical trials). Dupic believes her time as an intern helps her to keep the patients, the ultimate end-users of bio-pharmaceutical products, in mind while working in the biotech field. She was able to witness first-hand the numerous facets in the healthcare industry and gained appreciation for the different roles within the healthcare team. "Exposure to this environment provided me with a fantastic perspective that can be inaccessible for most college students," Dupic said.
Reflection on the Health Care Ethics Internship
Elizabeth "Liz" Connelly, pictured here with Anna Kozas, who coordinates the Health Care Ethics Internship Program, was an intern and also held the Honzel Fellowship, serving as a peer mentor for other interns. Through the program, she learned "how human emotions are not extraneous barriers to providing accurate and quality care. Instead, they are equal partners in the creation of the patient's situation and therefore should be equally important in caring for patients."