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MD/MBA students

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by cubsfan, Apr 15, 2002.

  1. cubsfan

    cubsfan Resident

    Jul 29, 2001
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    I'm considering a MD/MBA program. Are there any other students, pre-med or current, that are interested in doing this? If so, why? I feel it will help me in my career...but I don't necesarrily want to be an administrator. Also, for residency placements, do these type of students go into a particular field?

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  3. Jim Picotte

    Jim Picotte Senior Member

    Nov 6, 2001
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    I plan on pursuing an MBA, but it will be after residency while working in my field. I'm going into radiology and as it becomes more important for a physician to have good skills in business, I think the MBA would be a useful degree to have particularily if you're going to be running your own practice or even a valuable skill to have as part of a group.
  4. coop

    coop Senior Member

    Mar 4, 2001
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    I was talking to my father (who teaches at a major b school) about the MD/MBA and why some friends of mine want to do it. He was very surprised that Hospital Administration is one of the reasons. He told me the best use of the degree would be for someone wanting to form a private practice or manage a physician group. An MD seems like the wrong direction into hospital administration, plus, would you do a residency first? These were just some of his thoughts... he's had a number of MDs take his courses.
  5. fishtolive

    fishtolive Senior Member

    Apr 22, 2001
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    i'll be doing the md/mba thing (hopefully) and myu master plan is to be a more efficient business man plus a doctor by spending only one extra year at school...hopefully, i can jump intoi a nice practice, practice 3-5 days a week, and handle the administrative duties (for a fee, of course) for maybe 1-3 days per week...administration...um, i don't know...that's not the plan but if medicine stays as poor as it is now, i'd at least have the option of popping out as a consultant for a practice or a pharm company. are there benefits? i'd say so.
  6. vyc

    vyc Senior Member

    Jan 20, 2002
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    how long does an MBA usually take if i want to do it separately from my MD?
    and do i really need to take the GMAT? or can i use my MCAT scores?
  7. surg

    Dec 16, 2001
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    Attending Physician
    There are MD/MBA programs at a number of schools with students enrolled in them. In general they add on one year to your MD degree, meaning that you basically lose a bunch a business electives, and a bunch of medical electives (since to graduate from the B-School they are counting your med school classes and vice versa as your electives).

    Some things to consider:
    What year you take your last MBA classes:
    To gain the most options you probably want to graduate at the same time as your MBA cohort (meainng starting it between your M3 and M4 years). This will allow you access to on-campus recruiting at your business school, in the year before graduation if you decide to not seek a residency.

    What your career plans are:
    If you are definitely not going to do residency, then WHERE you get your MBA counts for a ton. Unlike medical school, the drop off in prestige and thus employability is significant after the top 10-15 schools. Those 6 figure salaries you always here about MBAs getting right out of school? Basically only the top schools students get those. Check out either the last Business Week rankings or the last USNews rankings to get a sense of where schools stack up. To be frank, if you ever think about "jumping ship" your MD will help you more than your MBA probably unless you go to a top MBA program.

    If you are definitely staying in medicine, it probably doesn't matter where you get the education, finance is finance, marketing is marketing, as far as the basic information.

    If you are unsure about your career plans, then perhaps you need to rethink the MBA. Try looking for this book on Amazon:

    MD/MBA: Physicians on the New Frontier of Medical Management
    by Arthur Lazarus (Editor)

    It is published by the American College of Physician Executives and talks about a number of career tracks that doctors have used after getting their MBAs.

    Good Luck on your decision

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