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Daphne Lu

Breaking Down Silos in Health Care and Business

A fourth-year resident in General Surgery at the University of British Columbia, Daphne Lu has helped to manage some of the sickest patients in the hospital and participate in some of the most challenging surgeries.

However, she discovered early on in her training that what excites her most in medicine are the system-level challenges in health care.

“The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s work superbly well.”

“The problems in health economics and health care human resource planning ignite my curiosity and motivate me to work even harder,” she says. “It is the joy of bringing together like-minded individuals to effect changes for the better that are most rewarding.”

Lu maintains that there are four main aspects of health care that we can improve upon: efficiency in system management, access to care for vulnerable populations, occupational health and wellness, and optimization of health care costs.

By breaking down silos and employing a more integrated approach and understanding of clinical medicine, public health, and business management, she believes that it is possible to  deliver optimal care to patients.

To help bridge these gaps, Lu is pursing the combined MPH/MBA degree, as she lives by the words of Sir William Osler: “The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s work superbly well.”

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B.Sc., Cell and Developmental Biology, University of British Columbia, 2014; MD, University of British Columbia, 2018