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Shannon Truly

Shannon Truly

What is your hometown?
Mobile, Alabama

What are your interests/hobbies?
Photography, enjoying live music, and bike riding.

What are your favorite Chicago activities?
Spending time on the lakefront, relaxing in the various parks and outdoor spaces, going to concerts, and checking out of all of the great restaurants the city offers.

Did you work full time through the program?

Was time commitment reasonable?
Initially it was challenging, but once I got into the groove of things and had a handle on the various resources, I was able to manage my time effectively.

Were you able to balance work and school?
I was able to balance work and school by being mindful of school and work deadlines, maintaining great communication with my director, and taking a couple of days off throughout the year to focus and get organized, outside of weekend time.

Professionally, what are you doing now?
I joined the Project Management Office at Rush University Medical Center, working as a project manager.

Tell us about a “Northwestern moment.” More specifically, was there a moment either in class or otherwise associated with the program where something really clicked for you?
Dave Liss’ class was incredibly helpful and inspiring. Although I have worked in healthcare for over 15 years, I appreciated learning and understanding the history of healthcare because in order to offer solutions and innovation, it’s important to know how we got to this place and how we can move forward.

How has the program changed the way you view healthcare?
Healthcare is complex no matter how you look at it, and this program helped provide a perspective on all roles involved in healthcare – especially the patient. It has shifted my perspective to make sure that I am keeping the patient in mind with any technology projects that I work on, so that their experience and care is not negatively impacted.

Did you discover anything new or unexpected at Northwestern?
I discovered a great group of friends and peers that are passionate about improving healthcare in one way or the other. It is great to be able to have that support group to share ideas and encourage each other to make a difference.