Two professors at Johns Hopkins wrote an article for Academic Medicine advocating for formal business training to be incorporated into the medical school curriculum. Professors Christopher Myers and Peter Pronovost cite how doctors are often promoted to managerial positions on the basis of their research and how, as a result, the health care system suffers a “double loss,” i.e. the loss of a talented researcher and the addition of an unqualified manager.
Less than 1% of medical school graduates currently complete the MD/MBA degree, so there clearly appears to be some need for additional management training. Do you believe it should occur in medical school? If so, how many credit hours do you believe can be re-allocated to this training? And, of course, do you even feel academia is the best place for these skills to be taught?