Episode 17 | Why would a physician get an MBA?

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With 500 medical students getting an MD/MBA combined degree every year along with many attending physicians enrolling in executive MBA programs it is increasingly common to see practicing physicians taking a role in healthcare administration. Today we invited Nelly Gonzalez who pioneered her own dual degree program here at Loyola to talk about her experience and the importance of having people with clinical experience in administrative roles.

Nelly Gonzalez-Lepage is currently a 4th year MD/MBA student at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She graduated from University of California Berkeley with a double major in Molecular Cell Biology and Cognitive Science. She has over 8 years of work experience in health policy, management, research and public health. She is a 2016 Schweitzer Fellow and 2019 MOLA Scholar (Medical Organization for Latino Advancement).  She will be applying to residency this fall 2019.

Also, you might recognize that we are joined by a new host and producer for this episode. Dave is an dual degree student at Stritch, working on his MD as well as a master’s in public health with a focus on policy and management. Before starting school, he has worked as a scribe in an emergency department and rheumatology clinic, and briefly worked in healthcare tech.

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