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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.

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Given that your background is in medicine, rather than law, what was it like to join a graduate legal program?

The only legal experience I had was serving as a medical expert on legal cases with internal and external agencies. Starting a legal program was actually a very exciting endeavor! Going back to school was fun and learning a topic that I had an interest in made it that much more a positive experience.

Can you describe the learning environment?

The professors are top notch. I never felt isolated, which is phenomenal for an online program.  The immersion weekends were great for networking and the topics highlighted provided interesting discussions.  The program was rigorous, especially if one factors in a full-time job, parenting, family time, etc. However, as with anything in life, you get what you put into it.  If you want to succeed in the program, you have to put in the time.  With the support of faculty and staff, you can be successful.

Have you had an “a-ha! moment” that made you realize pursuing this degree has been worthwhile for you?

Right after completing the program I had several agencies reach out to me for possible consulting services. This was very exciting and confirmed I could grow this area of my career. I currently serve as the Statewide Physician Advisor in Utilization Management at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  Additionally, I serve as an Expert Reviewer for the Medical Board of California.  I'm constantly using lessons I gained from the program. 


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