The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Medicine and the UAB Collat School of Business have partnered to offer a dual MD/MBA degree in medicine and management to high-achieving healthcare leaders. A dual MD/MBA degree can open opportunities for physicians and lead to greater management responsibilities within their organizations.
Why a MBA?
Some of the greatest challenges in healthcare today are business related. The industry is increasingly characterized by uncertainty and ambiguity. Combining a business degree with a medical degree can help future healthcare leaders learn to manage through rapid change and traverse the uncertainties of management with flexibility. Students who choose the MD/MBA option often plan careers with both clinical and administrative responsibilities. MD/MBA holders can operate their clinics more efficiently, manage a healthcare organization, head a research project, or advocate for their patients and work to improve the healthcare system. Students successfully completing the program will understand how to use innovation and strategic thinking to solve healthcare problems. They will become fluent in the languages of medicine and business, putting them on the fast track to career advancement.
Why UAB MBA?
The UAB Collat School of Business offers a world-class business education in the heart of Alabama’s economic center and is fully accredited by AACSB International, the most prestigious accrediting agency for business education in the world. Students have unfettered access to Birmingham’s business elite, who provide real-world instruction in applying theoretical learning to actual business situations. Additionally, UAB’s MBA faculty include some of the most sought-after thought leaders in their fields, those pushing the boundaries with topical, practical research that goes beyond the “why” to also ask “what if”. The school’s location near downtown Birmingham provides endless opportunities to infuse experiential learning into the traditional classroom experience.
The dual degree is a unique offering designed specifically for busy medical professionals. Structured around the MD curricula, the dual program includes a concierge approach by sequencing and integrating the MBA requirements to fit within the medical program. As a UAB School of Medicine student, all dual degree participants will receive a wide array of added benefits, including:
- Automatic MBA course registration
- All books and materials, including procurement and delivery
- Professional Development Seminars
- Access to faculty mentors
- On-site tutoring
- Opportunities for hands-on learning
The program is an integrative, four-year degree which combines 10 business courses (30 semester hours) with the MD curricula. Students start their business classes the summer before medical school. The remaining courses are offered at key times after the second year of classes and after finishing the USMLE Step 1 exam.
Degree plans are also available for those students who decide to pursue the MBA after beginning their MD courses.
Students interested in pursuing the dual MD/MBA degree must complete an application through the UAB Graduate School’s ApplyYourself application system. This application is in addition to that completed through AMCAS. The deadline for application for summer admission will follow the graduate school’s deadline of April 22nd.
Completed application including:
- Statement of purpose
- Two references1
- Test Scores (MCAT scores can be accepted in lieu of GMAT)
- Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended2
1 Students may use the same references as used for AMCAS application.
2 Copies of transcripts submitted through AMCAS are sufficient for application review.
Students will meet with Collat School of Business faculty during their medical school interviews.
|Dr. Majd Zayzafoon
|Christy Manning, M.A.
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Michael Harward, UAB MBA '14 shares his story
With an engineering degree from Duke University, Michael was interested in an MBA to help refine and develop skills that would allow him to “pursue his interest in helping an organization develop a vision and think through how to get there”.
Living in Birmingham with his wife, who was already pursuing another master's program, practically guaranteed him at least a couple of years in the Magic City. He began evaluating different options. “I decided that pursuing an MBA in person (rather than an online program) would provide a much more valuable experience,” says Michael. “Also, UAB's superior academic reputation as compared to other local peers drew me to UAB’s MBA program.”
Michael was connected to his current employer, SCA (Surgical Care Affiliates), through the MBA program and now after only 1.5 years is in a leadership position within the Financial Operations department. “The MBA program prepared me to engage with senior leadership within the company, create innovative solutions that contribute to our group's strategy, and manage my team effectively,” says Michael. “Also, I feel capable of thriving within a large company or leading as a part of a start-up. My ability to evaluate the soundness of a business plan or idea separates me from many of my peers.”
How was Michael’s experience in UAB’s MBA program?
“The program does an extraordinary job connecting students to the current business environment,” says Michael. “The latest trends, developments, and events of today's business world were almost constantly discussed in the classroom. Plus, the program provided excellent networking opportunities.”
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Most 23-year-olds looking for fun with a little drama would tune in to The Hills. Not many would go to work on The Hill, as in Capitol Hill. Yet that is the choice UAB School of Business alum Josh Carpenter made.
“The value of service-learning that UAB emphasized has enabled me to invest in my colleagues the importance of the work we are doing for the people we serve and ourselves,” says Carpenter.
Carpenter is spending his summer in the White House Internship Program (WHIP) with the Office of Presidential Correspondence.
“Josh has many leadership qualities,” says Stephen Yoder, director of UAB School of Business Honors Program. “He is an extrovert, collaborative, empathetic and has terrific interpersonal skills.”
Almost immediately Carpenter was named a co-leader of one of WHIP’s public-service initiatives. He organized a team to create an alternative service project for the 55 volunteer leaders and interns. “We coordinate interns to aid the Capital Area Food Bank in the distribution of 25 million pounds of food to those in need,” Carpenter says. “Hunger is a real problem in D.C.; one of every three residents are at risk for hunger. This includes 200,000 children.”
It is not surprising that he has taken the lead in serving the community. Carpenter recently finished the first of two years in the Teach for America program. He is in the first class of Alabamians to join Teach for America, a program that sends future leaders to low-income communities. Carpenter is teaching English plus coaching football and baseball in Marion County, Ala.
“The challenges are, indeed, numerous, but so are the rewards,” says Carpenter. “Professionally, I developed a deeper understanding of the deficits that plague many low-income public schools. Students often are the victims of a number of deficits, including chronic underfunding, low teacher support and misaligned incentive structures. I hope to use this experience to inform my future endeavors in public service.”
The White House intern, who has not yet met President Barack Obama, says his typical day varies. In the Office of Correspondence he has learned the level of effort placed on responding to the emails and letters the president receives. He is amazed by “the substantive value the president places on hearing from the American people.” But the most valuable lesson he has learned is that sometimes it takes more than hard work to be successful.
“Most of the government officials we’ve heard from said one serendipitous opportunity ultimately propelled them to where they are now,” says Carpenter. “I think the point here is that you must be willing to take on a job that you may feel is incommensurate with your abilities and work hard at it because that very well could be your starting point or provide you with a connection to develop your career. Breadth of experience is as important as your education.”
Carpenter’s short-term goal is to finish his commitment to Teach for America and his students in Marion County. Afterward he plans to pursue a master’s degree and maybe a doctorate.
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The unemployment rate in Camden, Alabama is more than double the national average. A staggering 47 percent of households earn less than $25,000 per year.
The Wilcox County area needs help. The UAB School of Business is providing some.
“This all started because I was chatting with my friend Ed Partridge (Dr. Edward Partridge, director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and president of the American Cancer Society Inc.) about the health disparity in Wilcox County,” says Mickey Gee, executive-in-residence in the UAB Department of Marketing, Industrial Distribution and Economics. “It is not a delivery problem, it is an economic problem. So I hand-picked six School of Business students to find and implement a solution that will generate tourism and revenue to this area so desperately in need.”
The student volunteers are Olu Dosunmu-Ogunbi, Calvin Burchfiel, Daniel Owens, Gabrielle Hood, Eboni Thomas, Lewinale Harris and Derrick Strong. They were each chosen because of individual skills in marketing, industrial distribution, management, web work and web design.
The students will develop a marketing strategy for the Wilcox Area Chamber of Commerce. They will help develop the brand and tag line the chamber will use to promote the county. They will also work with Black Belt Treasures, a non-profit organization promoting the arts of the Black Belt region, on their point-of-sale system, bar coding, inventory management and website support.
The School of Business students will mentor a group of students from each of the two local high schools. They will be assisted by faculty volunteers Jacob Gelber and Nathan Oliver in addition to Gee. They are calling the project “One Tank Treasures” because it only takes one tank of gas to reach the Wilcox County area from most of Alabama’s major cities. Plus, the area offers so many treasures for tourists and retirees.
You can follow the students’ journey daily by visiting their One Tank Treasures Blog.