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Is it just a joke or is it true that doctors make bad business people

Discussion in 'Med Business [ MD/MBA, DO/MBA, DDS/MBA ]' started by JoyKim456, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. JoyKim456

    JoyKim456 2+ Year Member

    May 29, 2014
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  3. DoctorKrieger

    DoctorKrieger Exit Van Left 2+ Year Member

    May 28, 2013
    As a sweeping generality, yes. Most have studied science their entire lives and couldn't even tell you what a pro-forma statement or amortization schedule are. Of course there are plenty of exceptions.
  4. cognitus

    cognitus 2+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2013
    I think it's true that many doctors know very little besides medicine, including business
  5. Follow the Cairns

    Follow the Cairns 2+ Year Member

    Oct 13, 2014
    My husband is an Orthopaedic Surgeon and his Undergrad is a BBA. He even worked 2-3 years before going to Med school and will probably get an MBA soon. Every single day, he is discussing RVUs, checking his P&L's, financial dashboards, and trying to figure out ways to market himself and the Dept.

    Physicians are very smart people. It doesn't take that long to understand (though not gain expertise) these issues. If you are in private practice, you are in business for yourself. If you do not understand how your business works, you are at a serious disadvantage.

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