Lily Li
MSc International Health Management

About you

What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?

Before Imperial, I worked as a surgeon in the NHS for nine years and was close to becoming a consultant orthopaedic surgeon.

Why did you decide to study an MSc International Health Management at Imperial College Business School?

Before commencing the MSc, I had had nine years of continuous employment within the NHS. As a full-time clinician, I had had little exposure to the business side of healthcare management. My role as a junior doctor gave me an excellent understanding of how the NHS works a limited opportunity to shape how services were developed. I was excited by the opportunity to learn how to implement real change within the healthcare industry.


Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

My favourite module has been Health Economics and Health Systems, Policy and Financing. From this module I feel like the programme achieved what I was looking to learn at Imperial, which was to have a succinct, simple and still comprehensive education on how healthcare systems are organised, and decisions are made worldwide. Imperial provided a fundamental baseline from which a more complex understanding of healthcare delivery and management can be built on.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?

The most rewarding part of the programme for me was applying the theory to practice - what I learned in class to real-life situations. These arose both within the programme and in the hospital where I work.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme? 

A challenging part of the programme was the group work, it can be difficult working around other people’s schedules to complete a task. Classes are also not timetabled, so some took much longer than I anticipated, which made fitting in my clinical work quite challenging.


How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

I would describe my cohort as an incredibly diverse group of people from all walks of life. It was great to have different cultures within the classroom, as it brought in different opinions and perspectives that I may have never have thought of.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

My favourite lecturer is Colin Love. I thought he had a fantastic way of simplifying complicated concepts. He also did a great job of making the lectures fun, which kept the class engaged.


What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?

Management is an increasingly important part of working life for a doctor, and yet we receive little formal training on it. I really appreciated the ability to devote myself full-time to learning the foundation business, operational and financial knowledge essential in translating my healthcare skillset into effective healthcare management.


What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?

I will be returning to clinical practice as an Orthopaedic Registrar.  In the long term, I want to work in systems-based medicine, improving healthcare systems on a national and international basis. This programme will provide me with the skills and opportunities to do this more effectively.

MSc International Health Management
United Kingdom
Education :

MB/BChir, University of Cambridge

Job after Imperial College Business School :

Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon, London