Physicians with MBA degrees: change agents for healthcare improvement

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


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.

MeSH terms

  • Commerce / education*
  • Education, Graduate* / economics
  • Humans
  • Leadership
  • Physician Executives / education*
  • Training Support
  • United States