Abby Kettle already knew she was headed to grad school, ready to pursue a master’s degree in health systems. Now, she’ll have some help paying for it, courtesy of the professional organization for healthcare IT.
Kettle has received a David Cowan Scholarship from the Georgia Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) for her commitment to the future of healthcare information management and health information technology. The scholarship is named for a now-retired Georgia Tech senior research scientist.
“This scholarship means a lot for me, because it will help me afford the master’s program and allow me to continue my education,” said Kettle, who will graduate in May with her biomedical engineering bachelor’s degree.
Interestingly, Kettle had never heard of the society or the scholarship until its namesake, David Cowan, encouraged her to apply. Kettle had taken Cowan’s Healthcare Design of the Future course, and it turned out the society was a great resource for her. After graduate school, Kettle said she hopes to work for a hospital, where she can use her training to help improve the efficiency and flow of patient care.
She said other students also would benefit from the network of 1,600 Georgia members from some of the state’s largest hospitals and healthcare facilities.
“HIMSS is a great society with many opportunities for anyone interested in healthcare, and I think it could be a good society to join for BME students,” Kettle said.
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering