March 25, 2020

My Exposure to the Healthcare Industry at ACEP

I am Shreyas Srinivasan, a junior majoring in Data Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. I recently completed my 6-month internship at the American College of Emergency Physicians, and I am glad to say that I have grown immensely during this experience.

As a part of the Quality team, I mainly worked with Mr. Pankaj Kapoor (PK) and Ms. Cindy Jones (CJ) on invoicing. Apart from that, I was also given the opportunity to work on various other projects, each requiring a different skillset. I enjoyed the variety of these projects because I got to expand my toolkit and learn something new every single time. Taking on challenges is my forte, and I not only learned how to solve complex problems, but also learned how to design, implement, test, revise, and optimize a solution.  

Being a Data Scientist, I will have to choose an industry in which I can apply relevant methods and come up with statistical models. One of my main goals during this internship was to get a feel of the healthcare industry. I was exposed to the intricacies of Emergency Medicine, and I was able to capture the big picture of what ACEP as a company does. From collecting data from hospitals to helping them submit it to CMS, I was able to see the end-to-end process of how the data travels. As someone who will be working with data almost all the time, these principles are of invaluable importance to me, and they will help me in the long run.

Moreover, I was lucky to be interning at ACEP during the holiday season! I had a lot of fun taking part in all the events and met a lot of interesting people. Again, this is a very valuable experience for me since it taught me a lot about the office environment. Being my first exposure to corporate America, I initially did not know what to expect, but thanks to all the mentoring I was provided, I have grown both personally and professionally during my time at ACEP. I am grateful to everyone who made this possible for me, and I will carry forward the invaluable lessons that I have learned along the way.