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    Sorour
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    I am an Industrial Engineering student graduating shortly and looking at going into healthcare. I have experience working in a hospital as an IE and also in a health insurance company as an IE. I am curious what kind of other jobs IEs do after a few years of being in the industry. I know one option is to stay as an IE for your career but I am thinking I may want to go into some kind of management outside of IE. The career path for IEs in healthcare are a little more fuzzy compared to your traditional manufacturing type environment. Does anybody have any experience with moving from an IE job to another type of job in healthcare? Thanks.

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    #61809

    Roger Noble
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    Unless the healthcare organization has a clearly defined Six Sigma area, usually the best avenue is to go into healthcare quality improvement. It gives you exposure to the business side of healthcare. From that avenue, you come to a fork in the road, clinical outcomes improvement or stick with business operations improvement. In Clinical Outcomes, you will likely get involved with Medical Informatics – developing the data structure that will allow clinical studies to be developed to impact the cost of care and quality of care provided. In the Business Ops side, you will build a career that eventually leads to Hospital Administration.

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    #61819

    Michael L Williams
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    I am not an IE but recently joined a major Hospital organization on the Texas Gulf Coast as a Six Sigma Black Belt.  My background has been predominantly sales, marketing and business development for a global plastics leader where I also acquired my Six Sigma training and experience.  Healthcare is a target rich environment. 
    With continuing regulatory pressures being brought to bear cost containment and productivity improvements are critical to the operations of the hospital.  In addition there is a growing interest in the use of Six Sigma to pursue quality improvements in patient care.  IEs should thrive in using Lean to clean up inefficiencies and find longer term opportunties in hospital management and logistics.  It is all about people and improving quality of patient care at the lowest possible cost.

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    #61821

    Pipkin
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    You’ll need an MHA (Masters in HealthCare Administration) or you won’t get far. It’s difficult to go back and forth from industry to healthcare. http://www.mastersinhealthcare.com/MHA schools love IE’s, and MHA’s with an IE background are popular with hospitals, but some IE’s have trouble with the healthcare management style. If you can handle the political BS in hospitals, with an MHA you can have a very good career. Ten years after graduation IE’s with an MHA do as well as most MBA’s from top 20 schools. If you don’t mind traveling, there are a lot of consulting jobs for MHA’s with IE undergrad. Good job, good pay, good experience, but the travel can be a pain. The advantage an MHA has over an MBA is MHA schools don’t require three to five years of work experience before you can apply. The disadvantage is Healthcare Administration is specialized so the number of companies that will hire you are limited and you can’t easily jump to another industry group if you don’t like healthcare.

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    #61824

    BritW
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    Paul – it will be more difficult if you get an MHA to move back and forth between industry types.  If yo uplan on staying in healthcare – then an MHA is an option, but not a must.  I’m in a top 100 hospital and 3 of the C-level folks have MBA’s and one has a nursing BSA and a law degree.  The CEO does have an MHA.  Most of our Directors (outside of nursing) have MBAs. I would go that route unless you are sold solely on healthcare. 

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