Suraj Bassi

MSc International Health Management 2009

Suraj Bassi

Programme: MSc International Health Management 2009

Nationality: Indian

Undergraduate: M.B.B.S, Government Medical College Patiala, India

Employment before studying at the Business School: Junior Doctor (Orthopaedics), National Health Service (NHS)

Employment after studying at the Business School: Manager, Healthcare Advisory, BDO LLP

Current Employment: Senior Manager, Healthcare Advisory, Deloitte

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying MSc International Health Management at Imperial College Business School?

My advice would be to think hard about why you want to do this programme. It is a big investment in terms of time and money and one year is a very short time to learn everything about healthcare. You need to be focused during your studies, so any amount of homework that you can do before joining the programme would be very helpful. Talk to people who’ve done the programme. The good thing about Imperial College Business School is that the faculty and alumni are very approachable, but you need to be very clear about the outcomes you want, be it personal or professional.

How has the Business School helped develop your career?

The Business School helped me pin-point where I want to go in terms of my career and gave me the confidence to go out and talk to people about the opportunities that existed. It showed me new possibilities that I hadn’t even known about. There were new networks and new areas in healthcare that I hadn’t considered before joining the programme and that I was then able to explore during my time at the Business School. Coming from a medical background, the year spent at the Business School helped me with the career transition that I needed at the time to get my first break in the healthcare consulting industry.

What do you enjoy most about your work and what are the main challenges that you face?

Interestingly, the parts that I enjoy the most are the ones that are also the most challenging! The NHS is going through a lot of changes at present and it is exciting to be a part of these changes on the ground and to help NHS organisations navigate through them. The biggest challenge is the current economic situation, since when it comes to managing everything for less, the healthcare sector certainly isn’t immune from this.

How do you stay connected with others from your Business School alumni network?

The alumni socials are a good way to catch-up with my alumni peers. There are also Special Interest Groups (Healthcare SIG and Public Sector SIG) run by the alumni team which are good for networking. The alumni team is very proactive in organising these events and there’s normally a good turn-out since they are held after work.

What value do you get out of your Business School and alumni connections?

There’s a huge value in alumni networks. On a personal level it’s about being connected to some of the best talent in the industry and exploring some of those contacts for common interests. Professionally it’s about expanding your networks, both for professional and business development. It also helps me with the know-how of what’s happening around me in the sector.