The Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and the Widener University School of Business Administration offer a joint program designed to grant the MD/MBA-HCM degrees within five years. As the health care system has become more complex, the need for physicians who can lead effectively and manage agile health care organizations has grown. The dual program is designed to prepare physician managers who will operate in the interface between clinical practice and management. The physician-leader will be trained to make decisions that consider the balance among quality, access, cost effectiveness, and efficiency.
The curriculum in Widener’s MBA-HCM program recognizes the paradigm shift the health care industry is undergoing. The locus of care is moving from in-patient hospital settings to managed care organizations, ambulatory care, home care, and long-term care, and the ability to manage population risks and actions is becoming critical. There is an increased imperative to balance quality, access, and expenditures. In addition to developing management skills, the programs emphasize an understanding of the issues confronting the various sub-sectors of the health care industry.
Two admission processes are used. The student must first follow the admission application guidelines established by Sidney Kimmel Medical College. Second, students accepted by Sidney Kimmel Medical College must apply to the MBA-HCM program. The applicant will be reviewed by the MBA program director at Widener University upon receipt of application. Scores from the Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT) may be substituted for the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT). The applicant must possess a BA or BS degree from an accredited institution.
The Sidney Kimmel Medical College is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education. The Widener MBA-HCM program is accredited by the Commission on Accredita-tion for Healthcare Management Education and by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.