Ellen Lehrich

What are you doing today?

I graduated in May 1993 from the HPA program and got a graduate internship at West Jersey Health System in their marketing department for the summer. It was a great way to get my feet wet in the health care world. In August of 1993, I received a call from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. MSKCC recruited at Penn State and kept my resume on file. I began work at MSKCC in September 1993 as a coordinator of outpatient clinics. I spent 2 1/2 years at MSKCC on an administrative track. Although I knew I wanted to remain in health care, I realized that administration was not my passion.

I subsequently left MSKCC and worked as a health care conference manager and then as a marketing manager for Mount Sinai Hospital. While at Mount Sinai, I began to dabble in some website work. I thoroughly enjoyed it and decided to pursue a career in the Internet. In May of 1999, I became a Project Manager for the Consumer Editorial Division of Medscape, Inc., otherwise known as CBSHealthWatch. CBSHealthwatch by Medscape is a website dedicated to providing in-depth health care information to consumers. One of my main responsibilities at Medscape has been to integrate our health care content with the five America On-Line properties including AOL.AOL.com, Netscape, CompuServe and Digital City.