Orthopedic Master's in Business Administration: A career path analysis.

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Journal Article

In recent years, it has become increasingly important for physicians to understand the healthcare system holistically. Thus, some physicians have sought formal education in business through a Master's in Business Administration (MBA). In this study, we looked specifically at orthopedic MD-MBAs and their career trajectories. We conducted a cross-sectional study of 127 orthopedic surgeons who have both MD and MBA degrees. Through online searches and phone calls, we compiled information regarding years in practice, fellowship training, practice type, non-clinical roles, and business school education. Almost all (96.85%) orthopedic MD-MBAs identified are still practicing clinically. The most common nonclinical roles are administration (38.58%), industry consulting (20.47%), and entrepreneurship (11.02%). Most (65.35%) pursued MBAs after medical school, but dual-degree programs are increasing in popularity. Almost all (88.57%) graduates of such programs have been practicing for less than 15 years. Orthopedic surgeons participate in a variety of nonclinical roles including administration, consulting, and entrepreneurship. For those currently in training, it is important to recognize the many opportunities that exist and the potential paths to pursuing them.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mody, KS; Acharya, PP; Brougham, K; Parekh, SG

Published Date

  • December 2, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 8360 -

PubMed ID

  • 31897283

Pubmed Central ID

  • 31897283

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2035-8237

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4081/or.2019.8360


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Italy