Check­ing the list

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

Your list of the top busi­ness grad­u­ate schools for physi­cian-ex­ec­u­tives (By the Num­bers, April 26, p. 32) is mis­lead­ing. Most of the schools listed are not ac­tu­ally busi­ness schools and, in my opin­ion, their value for physi­cians is ques­tion­able.

Among the de­gree of­fer­ings you sur­veyed, only the MBA de­gree is uni­ver­sally rec­og­nized, and it holds the most clout for physi­cian-ex­ec­u­tives. Among col­leges that of­fer MBA de­grees, ar­gu­ments can be made for and against pro­grams tai­lored for physi­cians. And while time, tu­ition, ac­cred­i­ta­tion and dis­tance-learn­ing op­tions are im­por­tant fac­tors in se­lect­ing a pro­gram, it is not nec­es­sar­ily true that col­leges of­fer­ing less costly, shorter-du­ra­tion, off-cam­pus pro­grams de­serve a higher rank­ing. Most physi­cian-ex­ec­u­tives re­port a high de­gree of job sat­is­fac­tion, but the per­ceived re­turn on in­vest­ment on a busi­ness ed­u­ca­tion is highly sub­jec­tive and can vary greatly.

My ad­vice to physi­cians con­sid­er­ing busi­ness school is to do it for the knowl­edge and the pos­si­bil­ity of be­com­ing a change agent, ei­ther in the prac­tice of medicine or in in­dus­try. Arthur Lazarus

Physi­cian Chadds Ford, Pa.

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