Interview with soon to be grad Celerina L. CornettInterview with soon to be grad Celerina L. Cornett

After 24 years in the United States Navy leading a number of large teams throughout her military career, Celerina Corbett found herself feeling reflective about the concept of leadership and continuing her education: “I am passionate about continuous learning and believe that the transfer of knowledge is an ongoing process. I feel that I had the skills and experience in leadership prior to attending the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations (LHCO) program, but now I feel that I have a deeper understanding of leadership and I look forward to using these newly obtained skills to ‘add value’ to those I work with.”

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

“I am a retired Naval Officer. I served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years and was in the Medical Service Corps as a Healthcare Administrator for the last 14 years of my service. I enjoy living in San Diego County, I especially love the coastal atmosphere.

In my free time you can find me hiking the many beautiful trails, catching some sun at the beach or camping in the outdoors. “

Why did you decide to study at UC San Diego? 

“I chose UC San Diego because I knew I would be exposed to professors and seminars from UC San Diego Health and would gain an understanding on community health issues, healthcare finance systems and groundbreaking research.”

What stands out about the Leadership in Healthcare Organization Masters in Advanced Studies program for you?

“The small cohort class size is the highlight of the entire program. Being able to have intimate conversations with your peers and professors enhances the learning experience. I was also involved in many group projects where I was exposed to real world healthcare problems and was able to work on teams to identify solutions.”

What do you personally find exciting, interesting, important or surprising about the field you work in?

“I personally enjoy working in the healthcare field because it is a dynamic field that is constantly changing and there are many opportunities for improvement which will ultimately improve the quality of healthcare and those we serve. “

Are there any “tricks of the trade” that aspiring healthcare leaders should know?

“I started my healthcare career on the frontline, therefore, I listen to the ideas and issues of those on the frontline. There are so many talented individuals working towards the mission of the organization. They usually are the best ones to offer solutions on improving inefficient systems and identifying the root problems.”  

How has your experience at UC San Diego helped your career?

“The programs offered at UC San Diego have provided the necessary knowledge for someone like myself, who is making the transition from the military to the private sector.”

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