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Physicians with business degrees or leaders with MDs?

Residency Program Insider, July 11, 2014

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Few physicians who earn MBAs apply their leadership skills in hospital administration, a recent survey of dual-degree holders found.
 
Over the last 20 years, the number of medical schools offering MD-MBA programs has increased fivefold, according to a recent report published by Academic Medicine. The authors of the report, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, wanted to find out how graduates of those programs were using their education.
 
The researchers surveyed 148 graduates from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School MBA Program in Health Care Management, the oldest physician MBA program in the country.
 
The MD-MBA holders who had graduated within the past 20 years were most likely to report working in clinical practice. Those who had graduated more than 20 years earlier most frequently worked in clinical practice, entrepreneurship, and hospital administration.
 
Hospital administration wasn’t an especially popular career pursuit for dual-degree holders; less than 20% of respondents reported working in administration.

 



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