The Global Healthcare Experience is key component of the Physician MBA Program which is the only program of its kind bringing physicians across the globe
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 13, 2023) – The Indiana University Kelley School of Business will lead a Global Healthcare Experience study trip to the United Kingdom and France joined by Dr. Aaron E. Carroll, chief health officer at Indiana University, along with more than 75 physicians, faculty and alumni from the Physician MBA Program in Indianapolis. They departed for London on Saturday, Feb. 11, will be traveling to Paris on Wednesday, Feb. 15, with the trip concluding on Sunday, Feb. 19.
The immersion experience, which is a credited course of the program, provides physicians a unique opportunity to examine how health care is managed across the globe, allowing them to compare delivery models for the benefit of their own health systems. For this trip, the physicians will study different payment models, wait times, physician and patient satisfaction and practice environments to include the differences in amenities offered with the goal to bring new ideas to the different health systems they currently serve.
This trip, returning after a brief hiatus due to the pandemic, features the largest number of travelers since the physician-only MBA launched in 2013. Julie Manning Magid, executive associate dean of the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis, highlights that the Physician MBA Program is the only MBA program bringing physicians across the globe to study unique health care systems in various countries.
“The Global Healthcare Experience course is a hallmark of our Physician MBA Program and one example of how we prioritize the student experience in our programming,” Magid said. “The future of health care demands innovation, including how physicians approach health care delivery. This trip is an immersive experience to study how health care is delivered abroad. It provides a deeper, richer learning environment that will help our physician MBAs adapt and apply best-practice solutions for the benefit of their own patients and health systems.”
Today, the group will receive a presentation on the UK’s health care system from the U.S. Commercial Service. The presentation will be led by top executives from the Association of British HealthTech Industries and the Cleveland Clinic London. Later in the day, the Kelley group will meet with representatives from Health Innovation Network, which is the public health department in London. The network’s role is to advise, support and connect health and care teams to adopt innovation successfully and to improve patient care, health outcomes and efficiency. Next, the physicians will receive an overview of how the Health Innovation Network is innovating with clinicians and others to redesign existing pathways or make additional changes to the way care is delivered. The group will end the day learning from the CEO of the Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH), which is a community health services that is a trust within the National Health Service (NHS). CLCH provides complete health services to more than two million people across 11 London boroughs and Hertfordshire.
The United Kingdom provides public health care to all permanent residents. Coverage is free at the point of need and is paid for by general taxation. The UK’s health care system has been labeled one of the most efficient in the world with roughly 8.4 percent of the UK’s gross domestic product being spent on health care.
On Tuesday Feb.14, the physicians will meet with representatives from the King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which is one of London’s largest teaching hospitals, to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the public system and how labor issues continue to impact patient care.
Dr. Nir Menachemi, executive associate dean, chief operating officer, professor and Fairbanks Endowed Chair at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, has spent his career studying and practicing at the intersection of health care and business. He is the lead course instructor and stresses that the opportunity to dissect global health care systems, evaluate their solutions and translate those lessons to the U.S provides an excellent learning opportunity for physicians.
“There’s no substitute for on-the-ground experience for this course. We selected London and Paris because the UK and France offer excellent contrasts to the American health care system. Both countries offer universal health care while France is recognized for their have outstanding quality of care and the UK is known for the comparative very low cost of overall care per capita.” Menachemi said. “I’ve traveled across the world with the program to ensure our Physician MBA students engage directly with top health care leaders, learn different approaches to health care challenges and spark genuine innovation for patient care in the U.S.”
On Thursday, Feb.16, leaders from HEYME, a student health insurance company, will present to the physicians an overview of France’s insurance system, including how it operates and is financed. The Kelley group will end the day learning from the French National Academy of Surgery, a public-interest non-profit founded to promote the knowledge and innovations of French surgery nationally and around the world by supporting surgeons. With more than 500 French and foreign honorary members, the Academy of Surgery has become the only French institution bringing together the 13 surgical specialties and continuing to influence surgery innovation, through the training of current and future surgeons through its weekly academic sessions, its quarterly seminars, its half-yearly conferences, it contributes to the physician’s continuing education.
On Friday, Feb. 17, the French Healthcare Association will welcome the physicians to outline how this public-private initiative aimed at bringing together businesses, researchers, health care professionals and key public stakeholders in the French health care ecosystem jointly promote activities and innovations internationally. Their expertise is not only based on national research centers renowned for their innovation capacity, competitiveness centers and universities, world leaders in healthcare research and the pharmaceutical industry. The Kelley group will finish the day meeting with the CEO and general director of the American Hospital of Paris, which is a not-for-profit healthcare institution, for a tour and discussion. The hospital annually helps roughly 200,000 global patients to overcome cancer and other acute chronic diseases. From the visit, the physicians will be able to compare French, British and American health systems having learned about hospital and medical school operations, physician payment models and administration.
In previous years, students of the Physician MBA Program have also studied in Zurich, Amsterdam, India, Cuba, Italy, the Czech Republic, Singapore and Malaysia. For more information on the Kelley School of Business Physician MBA Program, click here.
What they’re saying:
- “Anything I can learn about another country’s health care system is beneficial for being a change leader in ours. The more we learn about global systems, the better care we can provide for our patients. You think other countries are behind you, but they may not be as far back as you’d think. For example, health systems in Italy work very closely with pharmaceutical companies to reduce medication costs to patients, which is something we don’t do in the U.S. I thought that was huge. I think you see not only differences but also similarities that let you know some challenges are universal.” – Pat Purcell, MD, MBA’18, a pediatrician and medical director at the Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs in Kentucky
- “Walking around the hospitals and being able to understand how the [Singapore] system operates is so different than reading a paper on the subject. Yes, our class did a lot of research before the trip, which was helpful; but physically seeing the ER, seeing the hospital at work, cements the learning and becomes something you’re never going to forget.” – Carla Fisher, MD, MBA’20, director of breast surgical oncology at IU Health in Indiana
- “It has been the most transformative experience I’ve done. It was important to take what I’ve learned in the classroom and see it in practical terms.” – Samuel Williams III, MD, MBA ’19, psychiatrist and medical director at Mary’s Center and Magellan Health in Washington, DC
- “To talk with CEOs and physicians abroad about what works, what doesn’t and what we can we do better: that’s where the rubber hits the road, and we are able to learn so much.” – Tom Schleeter, MD, MBA’20, cardiologist at Ascension Medical Group in Indiana
- “The experience of comparing the different health care systems and different implementations of health care delivery has really allowed me to look at outcomes I should consider and metrics I should be using when evaluating my own decisions, so it’s really been quite impactful.” – Sara Jo Grethlein, MD, MBA’20, executive medical director and oncologist at the Paul G. Allen Research Center at Swedish Cancer Institute in Washington
About the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis
The Indiana University Kelley School of Business has been a leader in American business education since 1920. With an enrollment exceeding 15,000 students across two campuses and online, the Kelley School is among the premier business schools in the country. Kelley features an innovative curriculum built on personal development, teamwork and experiential learning with an emphasis on global and social responsibility, which is reflected in the accomplishments of more than 127,000 living alumni. The Kelley School in Indianapolis is home to a full-time undergraduate program; a graduate certificate for professionals in health care; master’s and graduate certificate programs in accounting, internal audit and taxation; the Physician MBA and the Evening MBA, which is ranked #11 in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more at kelley.iupui.edu.