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MBA Mom to Graduate with Daughter at Yale This Spring

Mother and daughter will both wear caps and gowns later this week at Yale University’s 2010 Commencement. As daughter Charlotte Goins graduates from Yale’s Davenport College, her mom, Dr. Catherine Everett, will graduate from the Yale School of Management (SOM) with an executive MBA.

Everett, a radiologist and managing partner of Coastal Radiology Associates in the family’s native North Carolina, learned about SOM’s Leadership in Healthcare program – an MBA program for professionals in the healthcare industry – because her daughter was studying at Yale.  “I was going through the Yale website and I saw it,” she said. “I didn’t come here because she was here, but it certainly was nice.”

For the past two years, Everett has flown from hometown New Bern, NC, to New Haven every other weekend to attend classes for SOM’s MBA for Executives program while continuing to work at her practice during the week. The weekend trips also afforded her the opportunity to attend Charlotte’s field hockey games.

Everett, who decided to wait until Charlotte and her four siblings had all finished high school before returning to get her MBA, saw pursuing the degree as a way to keep pace with the evolving medical field.

“Medicine has changed tremendously since I’ve been in practice,” she says. “It used to be that you go practice medicine, you get your money, and you go home. Now it’s really a business and a lot of the decisions you make have to be in a business framework,” she continued.

Everett explains that the experience has already helped her in her work. “We’ve done several things in the practice in the last six to eight months that we never would have gotten to if I hadn’t come here,” she says.

The additional credential also will allow her to work in the national arena of radiology with the American College of Radiology, where she hopes to focus on the operations side of radiology. Of particular interest is helping to expand efforts to introduce more structured reporting and a universal system and nomenclature for radiologists, surgeons and pathologists to use around the world, she says.

Goins, for her part, will graduate from Yale University’s Davenport College with a degree in American Studies. In her studies, she has focused on American film, and she hopes upon graduation to pursue a career in screenwriting.

As to what it was like to share Yale’s campus with her mom, Goins says she was excited to do so. And it was great to get to see her mom at Yale, she added. “She got to go to an Ivy, which she couldn’t before because she wasn’t allowed.”

When Everett graduated from high school in 1968, Yale hadn’t started accepting women. They started the year after she graduated. “It was fun to be able to do this,” Everett says. 

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