UNC School of Medicine first-year students win First Place at the Inaugural LabCorp Healthcare Case Competition

The team was composed of John Farhat, Steve Mow, Monal Depani, and Amir Jabr. The competition involved developing a strategic plan to help patients learn about savings they could capitalize on by having their labs done at a LabCorp facility, outside of a hospital or clinic in-house lab.

This competition was held at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.  There were teams from UNC, Duke, NC State and Elon from across different graduate programs (MBA, MPH, MD, RN, JD, and PhD) from each school competing for $10,000 in prize money.

The team, UNC Medical Tar Heels, was selected to be among only 6 finalists to compete in the live presentation before the LabCorp judge’s panel on April 10th, 2019.  The team was composed of John Farhat, Steve Mow, Monal Depani, and Amir Jabr. 

The competition involved developing a strategic plan to help patients learn about savings they could capitalize on by having their labs done at a LabCorp facility, outside of a hospital or clinic in-house lab.

Here is what they had to say about the experience:

John Farhat: "It was great to get the opportunity to work with my friends and fellow classmates in an environment outside of the School of Medicine.  It also did not hurt that we were able to win on our first time at bat.  I think everyone brought their “A” game to this competition and really added to our diversity and combined experiences.  All of us had something unique to contribute to our efforts.  We had so much fun, that we are already looking forward to our next competition and beyond!"

Steve Mow: "One of my favorite feelings comes from when a group of people can come together and make something that they can all be proud of. I couldn't have asked for a better group of folks to work on a project outside of our comfort zone and take first prize when the competition was so stiff."

Monal Depani:  "I never thought I could expand my interest in business into the healthcare field. I am honored to be a part of such a diverse group of individuals here at UNC Med which has given me the opportunity to network and find individuals that share these interests. I am glad to be a part of a team that brought in different experiences together to make something big happen. This is only the start to something big in our careers. Glad to keep UNC’s name big on the board. GO HEELS!"

Amir Jabr:  I am so blessed to be a part of the UNC family and to have such unique classmates. The experience I shared with this team has been very memorable. One of my main missions as a student at UNC is to be an ambassador and an advocate for the University, and in order to do that we have to represent our school in many domains. I want to continue to expand my skillset in business and system changes.

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