Good early morning everyone:
I am a 26 year old neuroscientist who has a undergraduate and master's degree in neuroscience and a minor in psychology from a prestigious top 50 university. For the past year and a half, I have been working as a clinical researcher who helped design, implement, and management Phase II and Phase III clinical trials at a major academic hospitals in the USA. Through my work, I've had the opportunity to work on projects and initiatives aimed at improving various hospital metrics, such as LOS, readmission rates, infection rates, etc. Many of these endpoints are vital in the wake of ACA as hospitals are getting fined for their poor() measures of care. Through my quality improvement projects and clinical trials, I developed a real affinity for working in hospitals, working with hospital faculty and staff, and consulting with administration to find out ways to improve the quality of life. I did not think I would get here 1.5 years ago, but I am thrilled that I found such a challenging and interesting field that is constantly changing. My work has been nationally recognized by national specialty groups at practice management conferences for excellence.
Considering this, I wanted to get into some level of consulting, as I believe working for a firm with a shared passion/interest could be the best way to stimulate my mind, help others, and improve healthcare for all. However, one of my issues is starting the search and finding the best way to market myself. I know many firms like to have PhDs, MDs, for their more experienced positions, so I am willing to start at an entry-level position. Which firms tend to hire younger consultants, and which cities are most of these firms located in? Are there any firms that I should be on the look out for, is not having a MBA going to hurt me (I have an MS).
I have various leadership experiences as I taught during graduate school and gave poster board and oral presentations for some of my 1st authored published research. I feel like my skills mesh well into the consulting and I am eager to try to find my way into the industry.
Please let me know what you guys think!