What Rock Climbing Taught Me About Engineering

In the past five years, rock climbing has ridden high atop the wave of newly expanding fitness activities, and distinguished itself as a hip way to stay in shape. Climbing has lured people of all backgrounds and professions, and created communities of enthusiasts who are eager to break the monotony of the traditional gym. Routes up the climbing wall have a wide range of difficulty grades, and require a type...

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Hacking for good: improving access to clinical trials!

As you have read on our blog before, Flatiron’s mission is to serve cancer patients by dramatically improving treatment and accelerating research. An important aspect of that mission is trying to increase the number of patients who participate in clinical trials. As a patient, finding a clinical trial to participate in can be a daunting and confusing experience, but it can often literally save someone’s life.

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Scavenging for Data Insights with Quantitative Sciences at Flatiron Health

While the number of employees at Flatiron Health has more than doubled over a one year period, the growth of our Quantitative Sciences (“QS”) team has been even more concentrated. At Flatiron Health, the QS team uses applied statistics, machine learning, and epidemiology to assess the quality of the data we produce, and provide insight into the characteristics of cancer patients and their journey through the healthcare system. We have...

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How to grow fast and teach faster - the opportunities of a modularized onboarding framework

13 weeks ago marks the beginning of my adventure at Flatiron Health in the data insights (DI) engineering team, facilitating product development through rapid prototyping and iteration. DI engineers at Flatiron use data science and engineering tools to test optimal business strategies, whether it be by taking a current product to the next level or prototyping a new product solution. As a part of the OncoBilling® team, I am currently...

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Onboarding, before there was onboarding

I joined Flatiron as a fresh-grad a few months before we started Bootcamp, our onboarding program for new engineers joining the company. Joining a company before there’s an onboarding process (as a clueless new grad, no less) is kind of like moving to Manhattan: you’ve got no idea where to start looking, and latch onto any people who give good advice. I kept a catalogue in my head for people...

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A short story of Bootcamp at Flatiron Health

An employee’s first few weeks at a company are critical; it’s during this time that the company sets the stage for life as an engineer at Flatiron, and the employee begins to absorb the day-to-day culture of the company. It’s also when details on both sides are laid bare. On the company’s side, anything that was perhaps glamorized or obfuscated during the interview process is suddenly readily apparent. For the...

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