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Diamonds in the Rough



April 08, 2014

Dr. Eric Dickson (Biology, ’91), one of Science and Engineering’s most distinguished alumni, presented the seminar “Diamonds in the Rough.”

On March 27, Dr. Eric Dickson (Biology, ’91) one of Science and Engineering’s most distinguished alumni, presented the seminar “Diamonds in the Rough.”  Dr. Dickson holds an M.D. from UMass Medical School and a master’s degree in Public Health from Harvard.  He currently serves as the CEO and President of UMass Memorial Healthcare. 

Dr. Dickson’s talk primarily focused on how the healthcare system in the United States is in for some very big changes, and how students are about to embark on careers in healthcare and can poise themselves for success in this volatile and ever-changing landscape. In his talk, Dr. Dickson artfully communicated his perspective on what is broken in our healthcare system: not enough primary care practitioners, too many specialists, and a payment structure that rewards physicians for performing procedures, not for keeping people healthy.  In short, “We pay for a Porche, but what we get is a Chevette.”  Students left with a greater understanding of what is wrong with our current system, and were inspired to be part of a positive change as they pursue their own careers.  Approximately 80 students attended the talk in Murray Lounge, from the Biology, Health Science, Sports Medicine, and Athletic Training majors.   

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