Management 101 for MDs

Professors call for medical professionals to receive basic management education.

MODERN HEALTHCARE DEMANDS that everyone, from community physicians to hospital CEOs, possess strong management skills. By and large, however, they don’t. That’s why two professors from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, are calling for all medical schools to embed “Management 101” courses into their curricula.

While many medical professionals receive some management training, the quality varies widely. “What’s needed are more methodical efforts at the outset of medical education,” says Christopher Myers, assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. “Med schools could partner with business school faculty and other management scholars to bring MBA-style training to the healthcare context.”

Myers and co-author Peter Pronovost, professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, note that many U.S. universities have introduced joint MD/ MBA programs, though enrollments have lagged expectations. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, only 0.7 percent of 2016 medical school graduates completed an MD/ MBA program.

“We are not naive enough to believe that instituting ‘Management 101’ in medical education will completely resolve the leadership challenges facing physicians,” they conclude. But it is a necessary first step, they believe, to deliver “high-quality, safe care in the modern medical enterprise.”

Learn more by reading “Making Management Skills a Core Component of Medical Education.”

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