KT Kramer will graduate from Tulane University in May with not one, but two professional degrees: a master of health administration and a juris doctorate. Both will come in handy during the next stage of her career as one of only two David A. Winston Health Policy Fellows.
Kramer, who earned her undergraduate degree in international development, chose the dual major after experiences in South Africa and Turkmenistan showed her how good legal programs and systems could translate into better health for people. Her original plan was to combine law with public health. With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, however, Kramer realized that many of the issues she had seen internationally were coming here to the U.S. — issues like expanding health care and making it affordable.
“I realized there was a lot I didn’t know domestically,” she says. But the Winston Fellowship interview process showed the strength of Kramer’s studies, during which she found herself discussing the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate “that we had talked about in Dr. Hugh Long’s class.”
Kramer begins the fellowship in June. For the first three months, she will meet with as many as 200 people, from senators and lobbyists to leaders of think tanks, nonprofits and private companies, all designed to expose fellows to potential career paths and opportunities. She will then spend the rest of the year in a placement developed through the insight gained in the informational interviews.
“The Winston Health Policy Fellowship offers an amazing opportunity to engage with national health policy,” Kramer says. “I can’t imagine another way that I would have a chance, mere months after graduating, to meet with and work alongside the people who have shaped the healthcare landscape that I’ve spent four years studying.”
— Dee Boling