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J Med Pract Manage. 2010 Nov-Dec;26(3):188-90.

Physicians with MBA degrees: change agents for healthcare improvement.

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  • 1Global Clinical Development, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, 1800 Concord Pike, B2B-704, P O Box 15437, Wilmington, DE 19850-5437, USA.


Increasingly, physicians gravitating toward the fields of quality improvement and healthcare management are seeking MBA degrees to supplement their medical training. Approximately half of all U.S. medical schools offer combined MD-MBA degrees, and numerous executive MBA programs exist for physicians in practice. Physicians who enter management are considered change agents for healthcare improvement, yet they receive little support and encouragement from their medical teachers and practicing colleagues. This situation can be rectified by placing greater value on the role of business-trained physicians and subsidizing their tuition for business school.

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