Rohan Jotwani was at the brink of graduation with a job offer lined up at a consulting firm; but then his mentor advised that he “stay on the edge, because more happens there.” Jotwani took that lesson to heart and ended up declining the stable offer and accepting one at a startup instead. “To me, making your mark starts with reveling in the opportunity to be a little uncomfortable every now and again,” he says.
Jotwani is now an MD/MBA Candidate at Tufts University and the founder of AlmostDoc.com, a discussion community for medical students. He also hosts MedStart, an annual hackathon at his university, and serves as the healthcare technology advisor to Global Hackathon Seoul. “It’s been a fascinating journey to see how we can break down barriers between academic medicine and the outside world of technologists, business minds and even patient activists to ignite some great ideas,” he says.
Jotwani agrees that it’s easy to become jaded by the current state of affairs, which he describes as “an arms race of inefficient, bureaucratic claims processing, maximizing physician efficiency over patient relationships, falling reimbursements and worse.” But, he also sees opportunities for innovative change from within the system. “Every day, I see more and more physicians and patients getting involved to take back healthcare,” he says. “Regardless of how difficult the challenges may seem, I put my money on organic innovation driven by the right people with the right tools at the right time.”
Shreya specializes in health communications and is a copywriter for an advertising agency. She was previously at Bayer Healthcare, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide
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