M.D./ J.D. Candidate, Class of 2017
Healthcare is a diverse and perpetually expanding discipline of law. The field spans across various areas, including regulation, compliance, litigation, and policy, providing a variety of opportunities for students to find their niche.
As a dual degree student pursuing both a J.D. as well as an M.D., my interests and scholarship are at the intersections of clinical medicine, administrative compliance, and healthcare policy. Accordingly, my experience with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the General Counsel gave me an unparalleled survey of these domains. My contributions centered around a number of different areas at the agency, including electing and developing cases under the Federal Tort Claims Act, determining the compliance of Accountable Care Organizations and other large provider groups, and ensuring the promulgation of federal health and safety regulations with respect to providers. My background and the knowledge base from my dual course of study provided me a unique opportunity to bring in multiple perspectives to any case that was presented to me. Ultimately, my exposure at the agency was the ideal mixture of litigation and transactional experience.
As the field of healthcare and its respective regulations and legal frameworks continue to aggressively expand, I am excited to use my legal and medical training to contribute to the development of the discipline, and help mitigate the issues that may emerge in the process.
-Sai Balasubramanian, M.D./ J.D. Candidate (Class of 2017) (November 2016)