February 25, 2014
Tulane 3L K.T. Kramer, who’s scheduled to receive a law degree and a master’s of health administration in May, has been named one of only two David A. Winston Health Policy Fellows.
(Photo by Ryan Rivet)
By Deirdre Boling
Tulane 3L K.T. Kramer is due to graduate in May with both a law degree and a master’s of health administration. Both will come in handy during the next stage of her career as one of only two David A. Winston Health Policy Fellows.
Kramer, who earned her undergraduate degree in international development, said she chose the dual major after experiences in South Africa and Turkmenistan demonstrated how good legal programs and systems could translate into better health for people. Kramer said her original plan was to combine law with public health. With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, however, she recognized that many of the issues she had seen internationally, such as expanding healthcare and making it affordable, were coming to the U.S.
“I realized there was a lot I didn’t know domestically,” she says.
But the Winston Fellowship interview process showed the strength of Kramer’s studies, during which she found herself discussing the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate “that we had talked about in Dr. Hugh Long's class.”
Kramer is scheduled to begin the fellowship in June. The first three months are expected to include meeting with as many as 200 people, from senators and lobbyists to leaders of think tanks, nonprofits and private companies, all designed to expose fellows to potential career paths and opportunities. The rest of the year involves a placement developed through the insight gained in the informational interviews.
“The Winston Health Policy Fellowship offers an amazing opportunity to engage with national health policy,” Kramer said. “I can’t imagine another way that I would have a chance, mere months after graduating, to meet with and work alongside the people who have shaped the healthcare landscape that I’ve spent four years studying.”
Dee Boling is director of communications for the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.