AUGUSTA, Ga. – As the demand for business-savvy physicians continues to grow, the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University and GRU’s James M. Hull College of Business have teamed up to offer a new joint M.D./M.B.A. degree.
According to Marc Miller, Dean of the Hull College of Business, and Paul Wallach, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at MCG, the five-year degree program that begins this fall is designed to expand the academic diversity of physician graduates entering the workforce.
“I believe this dual degree program will truly help our institution produce physicians who are not only passionate about their patients, but also are great business leaders in the medical field,” said Miller. “With the rigorous curriculum being taught by highly skilled professors, we know our graduates will be better equipped to meet the future challenges of the health care industry.”
“This program will educate a cadre of future physician leaders,” said Wallach. “The traditional role of physicians is changing. The health care industry is increasingly complex, and one result is a growing need for physicians who also have strong management and leadership skills, a knowledge of health care economics, and a better understanding of the health care system. Our M.D./M.B.A. program will equip our students with the in-depth knowledge they need to both provide outstanding clinical care and lead within a complex health care system,” he said.
Eligible participants must be MCG students who are then accepted into the M.B.A. program after their third year of medical school. The final two years of the five-year dual degree will consist of students completing classes for both medical and business school.
For more information, call the Hull College of Business at 706-737-1418 or the MCG Curriculum Office at 706-721-3217.
Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally-ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution. http://www.gru.edu