“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.”
At 12:40 am on March 9, 2020, Scott Smith, MD, MBA’20, got a call. The CEO and medical director of Adams Health Network in northeast Indiana, Dr. Smith is also an emergency medicine physician, and he was the administrator on call the night that his 25-bed, rural hospital system received one of the first COVID-19 patient admissions in Indiana.
As an oncologist, hematologist and medical director for cancer services at IU Health’s Adult Academic Health Center and Joe & Shelly Schwarz Cancer Center, Sara Jo Grethlein, MD, MBA’20, is leading her team through the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure immunocompromised patients and all within the organization are safe.
Through a healthcare policy course, Mary Pell Abernathy, MD, MBA’18, learned how to communicate with lawmakers to create change. She’s now working to improve state laws as she advocates on behalf of fetal and maternal health in Indiana.