Students compete at undergraduate health care conference

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A team from Union took second place in a case competition at the fifth annual Wharton Undergraduate Health Management Conference in Philadelphia last weekend.

Ruchi Raval ‘20, (biology and political science), Julian Mak’19 (chemistry and philosophy), Dhruv Patel ‘19, (economics and mathematics) and team captain Marc Perlman ’19 (biology and economics) participated.

The students gained real-world experience in the health care industry by solving a healthcare technology problem and presenting their recommendations to a panel of three judges. Each team had to give a 12-minute presentation, followed by three minutes of Q&A.

The second place finish netted a $250 prize that was donated to a charity of the team’s choice (American Lung Association). Team members also collected $50 each.

A second team from Union also competed: Jetha Tallapaneni ’20 (biology and economics), Sapan Shah ’19 (biology and political science), Aaron Wu ’20 (biology and economics) and team captain Sahil Khullar ’19 (biology and philosophy).

The two teams competed against students from New York University and the University of Pennsylvania.

The event is the nation’s largest undergraduate health care conference. Leading entrepreneurs, researchers and other panelists and speakers discussed health tech startups, bioethics, big data, the obesity/diabetes epidemics and related trends.