Before starting his MBA, Adam Brown was working as an associate medical director of an emergency department in Illinois. He was determined to improve his operational business skills in order to take on larger roles that would allow him to affect more patients’ lives. Now, Adam holds multiple administrative and clinical positions with major health care organizations throughout the mid-Atlantic that directly serve more than 250,000 patients annually. This is his MBA@UNC story.
Bringing the Business of Health Care to the Classroom
Because MBA@UNC brings students from a wide variety of industries together to share their unique perspectives, Adam was able to help his classmates understand the common links between the business of health care and other industries. In doing so, he quickly realized that the perspectives they shared from their unique fields could provide him with valuable insights to improve his day-to-day effectiveness.
Balancing Clinical Commitments and an MBA
As a physician and health care executive, Adam’s career tasked him with a significant amount of travel as well as often unpredictable hours. His search for an MBA program with both the prestige he desired and the flexibility he needed to fit into his hectic schedule led him to MBA@UNC.
Maintaining the Relationships that Matter Most
During his time in the program, Adam moved from Chicago to Washington, D.C., bought a house, changed jobs, got a dog, maintained a great marriage and got promoted twice. While from afar those accomplishments may seem nearly impossible, Adam was able to keep his life and relationships intact by learning to prioritize—and at times learning to let go.
Translating Classroom Learning to Real Patient Outcomes
The skills Adam learned throughout his time in the MBA@UNC program have had a significant impact not only on his own career, but also on the well-being of the patients he oversees. He has been promoted twice since beginning the program, each time being tasked with turning around struggling departments, and each time being able to implement strategic and organizational policies that greatly improved the quality and efficiency of care.
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