“Completing an MBA program lends you a newfound credibility among others at the table. People realize you’re more than just the physician who knows about the science of medicine – you understand the vocabulary of business and can converse in areas like finance and strategy.”
Chief of medicine Aditya Ahlawat, MD, MBA’20, is leading teams and new projects after earning an MBA at Kelley. “There’s a huge ripple effect from every decision you make as a physician, whether you realize it or not. The Kelley School of Business helps you recognize that.”
To navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and innovate new technology while leading his team, Rajat Kapoor, MD, MBA’18, took advantage of his lessons from Kelley. “The biggest thing Kelley helped me to do is to widen my horizon. Prior to this degree, I don’t think I could’ve thought outside of the box.”
“Physicians know this field better than anyone else. Some of my fellow alumni have gone into policy work to help lawmakers better understand medicine. We need more physician leaders to step up and lead the U.S. in remaining a leader in medicine.”
In April 2020, southern Georgia became a hot spot for COVID-19 cases, claiming some of the highest infections and deaths per capita in the country. As the situation evolved and patient volumes spiked and then later dropped, Dr. Azer held daily meetings with his front-line team to ensure they were managing the swings effectively.
“I came into medicine to make a difference, and to do this, you have to play a role in creating the change. When you position yourself to be at the table, the real reason you entered medicine gets fulfilled again. It keeps that fire burning and that desire ignited because you are no longer leaving destiny in the hands of other people. This MBA wasn’t just for my career, but my whole life. It changed my outlook on the world and how things work.”