Amanda Perez graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Because of her interest in helping people with health needs, she planned to attend medical school after graduation. For more exposure in the medical field, she accepted a position as an Emergency Room Medical Scribe, documenting patient-physician encounters, such as physical exams, medical histories and surgical procedures. There, she realized that medical school may not be the right career choice and decided to try an alternative career path. She joined a financial services company as a Clinical Research Analyst determining healthcare payment coverages for clinical research trials. In less than six months, she became a client lead and performed quality assurance checks on work performed by new employees. In her most recent position as a Research Specialist, Amanda worked closely with a rheumatologist whose work focused on improving vascular health of patients with lupus and rheumatic conditions. She organized four multi-site research grants, which included project management and analyses of quantitative and qualitative data. This position shifted her perspective of medicine, where she became more interested in the business side of the healthcare industry and how the different systems integrate with one another.
In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time outdoors, running, hiking and rock climbing. She also enjoys traveling and planning trips with her friends and family. She is excited to join the Erdman Center for Operations and Technology Management to gain a strong foundation in business management and leadership as it applies to the healthcare industry. She hopes to learn how to collaborate with different personnel to implement more efficient ways of delivering healthcare services to improve overall patient care.