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Maria Young Chandler, MD, MBA launched the MD/MBA dual degree program at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in 1997 enabling medical students to obtain both their business and medical degrees simultaneously. The mission of the program is, to train a select group of physicians in the aspects of business who will lead our community and the healthcare industry toward a solution to the incredible challenge we are faced with of providing patients with quality care that is financially and ethically responsible. She believes wholeheartedly that physicians of the future need business skills to be better leaders as well team members. Dr. Chandler was featured in the N.Y. Times business section in an article entitled “Adjusting, More MD’s Add MBA”, the Financial Times in an article entitled “Healthy Balance” regarding MD/MBA programs, and in US News & World Report in “Become a Business-Savvy Doctor With a Joint MD-MBA Program.” She has participated for the last 4 years by invitation from Regina Herzlinger at Harvard Business School as a member of the Steering Committee for the conferences on 21st Century Health Care Leadership: Confronting Modern Challenges with a Modern Curriculum. The objective of the conference was to develop a curriculum which reflects the need of 21st century health care systems worldwide for innovative-thinking entrepreneurial leaders; and to encourage greater use of field–based studies in teaching these students in the many areas that fall under what is called health care administration. A white paper from the conference was published. She serves on the editorial board of Medical Economics. And is a reviewer for Academic Medicine and wrote the foreword for a new textbook about business for healthcare professionals due out from Oxford University Press. After obtaining an MBA herself to improve her administrative skills, she realized the time was right for a dual degree program at UCI. Many national organizations were publicizing the leadership rolls of physicians and the business skills they require which aren’t offered in traditional medical curriculum. For example, The Association of American Medical Colleges stated (4/97) that future physicians must “acquire leadership skills,” be able to “analyze financial data,” and “negotiate contracts.” According to Hospitals & Health Networks (8/97), even back then, physicians held leadership positions more than 50% of the time in hospitals, managed care settings, and group practices. When she started UCI’s MD/MBA dual degree program in 1997, there were few programs nationally. Now there are over 65 programs at over 133 medical schools. Dr. Chandler teaches business to the MD/MBA students in: Medical Economics and Business & Medicine. She has helped grow this program that is now available to 20% of the entering medical school class and is known as one of the oldest and strongest in the US. UCI MD/MBA students are aspiring to fields in healthcare such as policy, administration, academics, information technology, biotechnology and entrepreneurial ventures.
UCI’s School of Medicine went through rigorous LCME and Academic Senate reviews. The MD/MBA program was considered a “strength” of the school. The findings noted, “Dr. Chandler is nationally recognized for her advocacy and leadership in MD/MBA training…Dr. Chandler’s enthusiasm and leadership for the program are enormous strengths. The students and faculty highlight her contributions as critical to the program…” Dr. Chandler’s larger ambitions lead her to establish the Association of MD/MBA Programs (www.mdmbaprograms.org), a national non-profit organization of MD/MBA program directors and students for which she serves as president and spear headed UCI in hosting the 1st annual conference in 2003. She has co-hosted every conference since that time at Jefferson, Emory, Dartmouth, Baylor, Washington D.C., Wright State, Boston and Texas Technical University. This group has initiated many projects such as tracking the residency choices and career paths of MD/MBA graduates nationally. The past surgeon general Regina Benjamin MD, MBA supports the Association voicing her opinion that MD/MBA programs “provide a vital perspective that help today’s physicians become leaders as well as healers in the rapidly-changing world of healthcare.” Dr. Chandler has also co- authored an article with Yale colleagues entitled, MD/MBA Programs in the United States: Evidence of a Change in Health Care Leadership (ACADEMIC MEDICINE 2003). Dr. Chandler was invited to the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden to launch the first European MD/MBA program and serves on the advisory board. She worked on a paper with USC colleagues on the attitudes of residency directors toward MD/MBA applicants and has exciting results after surveying over 600 residency directors. In addition, Dr. Chandler serves as the Chief Medical Officer of The Children’s Clinic, a multi- site non-profit Federally Qualified Community Health Center based at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach where she continues to teach residents and medical students. She has served as a leader while continuing to see patients at the Clinic for over 20 years. In 2008 she served an integral part in implementing Epic electronic medical record and she has lead the Clinic to a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition level 3 and lead her physicians through Meaningful Use stage 2. She has served as the site PI for many NIH, NIMH and PCORI research projects. Dr. Chandler has spent her life in Orange County, California. She received her MBA degree from Pepperdine University. She earned her B.S. and M.D. degrees as well as completed her pediatric residency training at the University of California, Irvine. She is board certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She holds appointments as Associate Clinical Professor at the School of Medicine in Pediatrics, at the Paul Merage School of Business, and more recently in the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care in order to assist them in offering an MBA opportunity to their residents.
Rohan Jotwani is a MD/MBA 4th year student at Tufts School of Medicine. He graduated from Columbia University in 2012 and spent time working prior to med school working as a producer with TheDoctorsChannel.com. His current research interests include the convergence of academic medicine and management. Specifically, he has published on crisis management during the Boston Marathon Bombings, conflict of interest with industry, and new partnership models with clinical training sites. He has also was a lead organizer of MedStart, an annual hackathon held at the Tufts Med, leading partnerships with the White House Innovation group, Boston Scientific, and Hacking Medicine at MIT. He currently serves as an advisor to the Medstro team and is a member of the Tufts School of Medicine admissions committee. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue a residency in anesthesia and critical care and eventually a fellowship in critical care. In his free time, Rohan enjoys exploring Japanese martial arts, running, public speaking, contemporary art, and fusion cooking. He is an active member of the Shinkendo dojo of Chintatown, Boston, where he is currently ranked at the level of Ichimonji (roughly translates to “straight-line”).
Eric Schwaber is a 4th year MD/MBA student at Tufts University School of Medicine/Brandeis University. He co-founded Tufts MedStart, a student run organization dedicated to promoting healthcare entrepreneurship and innovation. Tufts MedStart drew hundreds of participants from around the world and featured healthcare expert speakers and mentors at its annual hackathon events. Eric was also a partner at the Journal of Medical Insight (JoMI), a startup that publishes surgical video-articles to educate and disseminate cutting edge surgical techniques. He is now applying for residency in ophthalmology and looking forward to a future career in medicine and healthcare entrepreneurship.
Dr. Joe Jabre is a Board Certified Neurologist who is passionate about disruptive healthcare technologies and expert system design. He is the founder and chief executive officer of TeleEMG, LLC, a life sciences company that specializes in the research, development and marketing of software and hardware designed for the evaluation of peripheral nerve and muscle diseases and the diagnosis and treatment of neuropathies and chronic pain. Dr. Jabre currently serves as a Voluntary Clinical Professor of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His previous affiliations include: Tufts University, as Director of the MD/MBA and MBS/MBA programs; Boston University, as Professor of Neurology; Harvard Medical School, as Lecturer in Neurology; and the Boston VA Medical Center where he served as Chief of the combined Harvard-BU Neurology Service. Tufts University’s MD/MBA program is one of the oldest and largest MD/MBA Program in the US, one that delivers an MD degree from Tufts and an MBA degree from Brandeis. During his tenure at Tufts, Dr. Jabre enrolled 57 MD/MBA and 25 MBS/MBA students in the combined degree program. In 2013, Dr. Jabre served as Judge in the Life Sciences Business Plans at the MIT 100k Business Plan competition. Dr. Jabre’ s research interests in Neurology include neuromuscular disorders, motor control and medical devices for the evaluation of nerve and muscle pathology. He has been invited to over one hundred and twenty five guest lectureships in over thirty countries and is the author of two books, twenty-three Book Chapters, and thirty-six peer review articles. In 1998, Dr. Jabre was considered by the Clinton Administration for the position of Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. His candidacy was endorsed by, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the American Academy of Neurology, and St Jude’s Children Research Hospital, as well as numerous House and Senate members and industry leaders.
Dr. Paul Weygandt combines medical, legal and business perspectives in his approach to healthcare in the United States. Dr. Weygandt began his career as an orthopedic surgeon subsequently adding degrees in law and public health. After moving into health plan and hospital administration, Dr. Weygandt also earned an MBA. Over the course of his administrative career Dr. Weygandt led a collaborative physician-hospital organization, advanced inpatient clinical quality initiatives and performed in-house legal counsel functions. Subsequent to his hospital leadership, Dr. Weygandt entered into the consulting world, providing national leadership in areas of clinical documentation improvement, compliance and ICD-10 education.