V IS FOR VIEWPOINT!
Many medical students and professionals attribute their success to expertise, years of intense practice, extensive knowledge and tried-and-true hard work. For medical student Ben Randel, another factor has helped shape his career: a change in viewpoint.
When Ben was an undergraduate student, he majored in chemistry at Anderson University, but took many business courses as he pursued a management minor. During this time, Ben realized how valuable an MBA can be to a medical professional.
“I had spoken to several people in medicine and a recurring theme began to appear: most of them wished they had more of a business background to go along with their medical training,” said Ben. “As time progressed, the opportunity presented itself for me to complete the one-year, Residential MBA Program at AU before matriculating into medical school at IU.”
During Ben’s time in the MBA Program, he co-oped at the hospital currently known as IU Health. Since his supervisor realized his final goals were to serve as a physician, his duties were tailored to include projects where he would work near people who were key players not only at IU Health, but also IU Medical School. “Networking, networking, networking,” said Ben. “Second only to location, location, location, you can never have a network big enough.”
In addition to furthering his professional life, Ben felt that the RMBA Program helped him grow in relationship with others. “It’s difficult to pinpoint the best memory of the MBA program,” said Ben. “I spent hours with some of the most interesting people I know sitting in each other’s apartments just talking. Of course, we developed our own indoor putt-putt course and had some of the most intense races on N64 Mario Kart, but the relationship-building was incredible.”
Today, Ben is looking forward at the current healthcare system, which he believes is fragmented and needs people with diverse viewpoints. “There will be a continuous need for people who understand the fundamentals of change management, organizational behavior, economic forces and even accounting,” said Ben. “In healthcare there are doctors, there are administrators and then there are MD/MBAs…the translators.”
Ultimately, this aspect of healthcare was Ben’s deciding factor to earn his MBA. “The MBA program itself is not designed for any one industry,” explained Ben. “This program adds another lens to your perspective—through which I am able to adjust and focus my medical decision-making. The MBA/MD frame of reference alone changes how a physician fundamentally manages the care of patients.”