ALUMNI PROFILE Elizabeth Romero, MD (MJ ’18)
Advancing her healthcare career
As a family physician, Elizabeth Romero has seen it all. Her diverse, 25 year practice as a doctor has included experience in emergency and hospice care, as well as geriatrics and correctional medicine. While serving as the Lead Medical Consultant for the State of California, Romero felt her career would benefit from specialized training in regulations and compliance to address the growing concerns of of health care fraud and abuse. Her research led her to enroll in Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Health Law Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) degree, which she completed in 2018.
What or how did you decide to pursue a second advanced degree?
At the time, my role as Medical Consultant for the State of California’s Audits and Investigations division focused on health care compliance, and I found that I really enjoyed that area of medicine. I served as a medical expert working with local, federal and state agencies on criminal and civil medical fraud and abuse cases. While I had always had an interest in the law, I had no interest in pursuing a JD degree, but I began searching for programs that would advance my knowledge of health care compliance. I realized Loyola’s MJ in Health Law program would enhance my experience and education in a field that is only going to grow in the future.
What made the MJ in Health Law an attractive option for you?
When I reviewed the curriculum, I saw courses that would be relevant to my immediate work but also courses that were of personal interest and would challenge me and help me grow. The fact that it is online made it very attractive because I could keep working full-time.