STUDENT PROFILE Roberta Frigerio, MD
Expanding career options
While growing up in Italy, Roberta Frigerio narrowed her professional career options to medicine and law before eventually choosing medical school. Decades later Frigerio is exploring her “path not taken” by enrolling in the School of Law’s Health Law MJ program. A practicing physician specializing in neurology, Frigerio serves as administrative director of research at NorthShore University Health System. Frigerio chose the program because of its flexibility, reputation, and uniqueness.
EXPLORING A NEW PATH
Over the past few years, Frigerio has built an interesting career in research, but she was ready for a new challenge. With increasing federal, state, and local regulations, she realized she could combine her expertise in medicine with her interest in law. She chose Loyola’s program because it would help her stand-out among the field. “The program is highly ranked in the nation and has a cutting-edge curriculum,” she says. The comprehensive training in all aspects of health law with the ability to focus in an area like risk management appealed to her.
Frigerio was a bit nervous about returning to school because of her lack of legal experience and because English is her second language. However, from her first call with Loyola, she felt supported. “Professors are available, professional, and engaging. When I attend classes I see the faculty are interested in providing students with the tools necessary to succeed,” she says. The supportive academic and career services as well as the professional development opportunities at Loyola instill confidence that she made the right choice.
“The program is very well organized. There is a great balance of structure, rigor, and flexibility.”
While the program is online, Frigerio is connecting with other students and faculty to build her network. “I really like that students come from very different backgrounds. The live classes, the break-out rooms, and the posts give you the opportunity to communicate with your classmates and learn from their points of view.” Loyola’s symposia and conferences also give Frigerio and her classmates a chance to network and share experiences in-person.
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