SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) So I was recently at Penn and my interviewer was telling me how great an opportunity it was to pursue a degree at Wharton. It seems like an MD/MBA would open a lot of doors to get involved in Health Policy, something I'm really interested in. But from what I gather, people who go into Med-Biz tend not to practice medicine, using their medical background for alternative careers. If I wanted to be a practicing physician who is involved in clinical research and has an interest in policy, would an MBA be unnecessary? Do people in academic medicine pursue MD/MBA's or is usually for those interested in public policy or the private sector?