As he neared the end of his nine years of military service as an Air Force neurosurgeon, C.J. Berg, MD, MBA’21, knew he wanted to move into private practice. But after nearly a decade in service, he realized he needed to learn more about the business of traditional healthcare.
When busy physicians consider earning an MBA, the curriculum must be applicable from day one. While enrolled in the Physician MBA Program at the Kelley School of Business, Mara Nitu, MD, MBA’18, chief medical officer at Riley Children’s Hospital, workshopped ideas during class to solve challenges at work.
“A section of my book talks about the root causes for how our healthcare system is set up, which was inspired by my experience in the Kelley Physician MBA, gaining a better understanding of the business side of healthcare.”
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.
When they complete the Physician MBA Program at the Kelley School of Business, many physicians find themselves more willing to step outside their comfort zones to take on new roles or solve healthcare challenges with greater confidence. Cheryl Wolfe, MD, MBA’17, has done both.
“The Physician MBA gives you the opportunity to think broadly about how to achieve your goals, how to solve the problems you didn’t anticipate, and how you can bring to bear everyone’s skill sets and knowledge to do so.”
At a certain point in their careers, many physicians want to make an impact on healthcare greater than the singular patient sitting in front of them in the exam room. To lead this kind of change in medicine, physicians like David Hains, MD, MBA’23, recognize the need for greater business acumen.