Telephone Interview with Doctoral Alumnus John McDonough Tuesday, September 5, 1995, 10 a.m.

1a. Based on your experience and familiarity with the Pew program, what did the fellowship really accomplish? What are the most important contributions?

Personally, the Pew program gave me a lot of skills that I did not have before. It exposed me to folks in the health research community who have been very important and helpful and who I would not have otherwise had the opportunity to meet. It exposed me to an outstanding network of people.

In the aggregate, I think it has done roughly the same for an awful lot of other people from many different walks of life.

1b. What is the Pew "legacy" in terms of:

  1. health policy?

  2. education?

  3. your future?

Not really knowing a large number of other Pew fellows, I think it would be the combined legacy of what people have been able to do with their degrees, and I assume that it's substantial, but I don't know that for sure.

2. What was the most innovative or unique aspect of your program design and implementation?

Figuring out a way to allow people to pursue an advanced degree without having to interrupt their job career.

3. What was it about the curriculum that contributed or did not contribute to the program's success?

The very small student-to-faculty ratio (8:1), the intensive investment by the Michigan faculty, and the multidisciplinary nature of the curriculum.

4. How was the Pew approach different from the traditional teaching approach?

The intensive weekend was unlike anything. The extensive computer linkages among and between students and faculty was terrifically sophisticated.

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