More US students are studying combined medicine and business
- By: Ahmed Magdy
An increasing number of US medical schools are offering combined medicine and business administration degree programmes, a recent study has found (Medical Education Online 2004;9:14). Medical and business schools have developed the programmes through cooperative agreements: medical students can get business and clinical training concurrently. Now 41 medical schools offer these programmes compared with just eight in 1998. Windsor Sherrill surveyed and interviewed 87 dual degree students and 80 medical students studying for a straight medicine to assess the students' motivation, career interests, and decisions about dual degree programmes.
Assistant Professor Sherrill said, “The horizon of health care is rapidly changing. Historically, physicians acquired management roles because they had inherent business skills; physician executives often received business training on an ad hoc basis. Increasingly, the system requires physicians with advanced skills in business, finance, and organisation management. Dual degree programs in medicine and business have emerged to fill the training