alwayshop

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Given that my primary interest lies in clinical quality improvement through implementation rather than research, would an MBA/MPH provide me with enough credentials?

How would an added credential of being an MD help for this path?
 

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clinical quality improvement through implementation rather than research
Care to elaborate? If you are thinking of a business model I would think that an MPH would be qualified, but as far as certain pharmaceuticals/therapies to implement I would think an MD might be uniquely qualified.
 

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Given that my primary interest lies in clinical quality improvement through implementation rather than research, would an MBA/MPH provide me with enough credentials?

How would an added credential of being an MD help for this path?
Well you need a MD/DO for any clinical involvement period. However clinical quality improvement through implementation is slightly a spin. Are you looking towards being the Head of the hospital or do you want to be on the scene working with people. Either way you'll need a MD/DO a MPH would be helpful but a MBA wouldn't be, its a degree for involving yourself in managing a business not a hospital.
 

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Well you need a MD/DO for any clinical involvement period. However clinical quality improvement through implementation is slightly a spin. Are you looking towards being the Head of the hospital or do you want to be on the scene working with people. Either way you'll need a MD/DO a MPH would be helpful but a MBA wouldn't be, its a degree for involving yourself in managing a business not a hospital.
Some MBA programs offer a health care management track.
 

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I am thinking more in terms of general hospital management with a focus on clinical quality. Would MD be of a significant addition?
 

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Well you need a MD/DO for any clinical involvement period. However clinical quality improvement through implementation is slightly a spin. Are you looking towards being the Head of the hospital or do you want to be on the scene working with people. Either way you'll need a MD/DO a MPH would be helpful but a MBA wouldn't be, its a degree for involving yourself in managing a business not a hospital.
Not true. Being head of a hospital does not require an MD or DO degree. Paul Levy runs one of Harvard's major teaching hospitals (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) and is not a physician. There are plenty of administrative positions in hospitals that do not require you to be a doctor. If you want to treat patients, then obviously the OP should look into a clinical career. If you want an administrative role at a hospital, MPH/MBA would be one of several very plausible options you could take.

Additionally, an MBA is not a bad idea since much of what goes on in hospital administration involves improving your business model in addition to improving care. Although experience in clinical care would help a person stand at the helm of a hospital, it certainly is not a requirement.