W. P. Carey School, Mayo Clinic team up to offer dual degree

July 31, 2013

Mayo Clinic is known as a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education. Now, a select number of students from the Mayo Medical School are participating in a cutting-edge program that allows them to get both their M.D. degree from Mayo Medical School, and an MBA from the highly-ranked W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

“This program is helping to educate some of the brightest medical minds of our future in such a way that they will be more aware of the business side of medicine, the patient experience and the costs for us, the taxpayers,” says Amy Hillman, W. P. Carey School dean. student kneeling beside a child Download Full Image

Michele Halyard, vice dean of the Mayo Medical School – Arizona Campus, says, “The collaboration between Mayo Medical School and the W. P. Carey School of Business brings valuable synergies to the education of both future physicians and business leaders. The dual-degree program provides Mayo Clinic physicians in training with complementary competencies in business management, payer systems and accounting practices. This, along with a superb clinical education at Mayo Medical School, will prepare them to be leaders in the complex world of medicine in the 21st century.”

ASU began a strong collaborative relationship with Mayo Clinic in 2002. This particular joint degree program was launched in 2009 and has turned into a highly desirable choice for just a handful of select students from the Mayo Medical School.

Yingying Kumar was one of the first to graduate from the joint M.D./MBA program. She was looking for a way to supplement her strong medical education with a business background to help her stand out in the job market.

“I realized that the business and leadership skills I would learn in the MBA program could help me advance to a higher position in a clinic, or even run my own practice in the future,” says Kumar. “I got a better understanding of roles and how hospitals run. I also got the perspective of non-medical students from my business classmates. I think the MBA will help me keep the patients’ voice in consideration at all times.”

Students who take the dual-degree program spend two years at the Mayo Medical School. Then they spend one or two years in the W. P. Carey School’s MBA program, currently ranked top 30 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. They return to medical school afterward to finish up their studies. The whole experience is facilitated by both schools to be virtually seamless for the Mayo students who qualify.

“I first began considering this program after volunteering in Honduras on a medical service trip and learning that the villagers we helped had little or no access to health care,” says Mayo M.D./W. P. Carey MBA student Jack Jeng. “We visited an empty rural medical clinic abandoned by its staff because it did not have a sustainable business model. That helped me realize that a successful health care organization needs more than a great medical facility, dedicated professionals and good intentions. Proper planning and smart business principles are also required to ensure patients continue to benefit from high-quality care, something I personally experienced at the Mayo Clinic.”

Jeng, who has already completed the MBA portion of the joint program, adds, “I was blown away by the opportunities and support at the W. P. Carey School of Business. They offered me valuable knowledge and experience I hope to use throughout my career. As a future physician with business understanding, I aspire not only to help people directly, but also to make meaningful contributions to improve the lives of countless patients who aren’t actually sitting in front of me.”

Arizona Behavioral Health Awards recognizes Gov. Brewer for advocacy

July 31, 2013

Arizona State University’s Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy presented Gov. Jan Brewer with its annual Behavioral Health Advocacy Award for her support on Medicaid expansion and mental health issues.

Brewer, along with several other health advocates, was recognized on July 18, at the Behavioral Health Gala Awards in Sedona, Ariz. at the Summer Institute – a statewide conference that showcases the latest and best information on evidence supported approaches in the treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders. Download Full Image

“Governor Brewer’s political will and messaging resulted in victory for hundreds of thousands of Arizona citizens whose lives will be drastically improved by access to critical behavioral health care,” said Charles “Chick” Arnold, who presented the award to the Governor and is chair of the Community Advisory Board for the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy. “The awards were created to honor exemplary vision and dedication in the provision of mental health services in Arizona, and she was this year’s clear choice.”

On June 13, the Arizona state legislature passed a budget for fiscal year 2014 and approved Brewer’s plan for Medicaid expansion, which will insure more than 300,000 more low-income Arizonans under the Affordable Health Care Act.

In her acceptance speech, Brewer acknowledged her personal and professional dedication to issues of behavioral health care access and recognized the work of the Arizona behavioral health community. “Without the actions we took, about 2,000 Arizonans with serious mental illness would have lost AHCCCS coverage at the end of this year. The legislation I signed into law this spring will deliver critical services for Arizonans needing care for substance abuse, serious mental illness and other behavioral health issues. I know that we absolutely could not have gotten this legislation passed without the support of all of you in this room, and I thank you very much for that.”

In addition to Brewer, 2013 award recipients include:

• Robert Bohanske, chief of clinical services/clinical training with Southwest Behavioral Health Services, who received the award for Leadership in Services

• Eddie Sessions, who was honored for her legacy of work in community health and behavioral health policy

• Nazcare, Inc., recognized for the organization’s innovative and culturally grounded programs for Native Americans experiencing mental health and substance use disorders

In 2005 the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy established an award to recognize concerned citizens, clinical leaders, policymakers and individuals who have dedicated a lifetime of service to behavioral health services in Arizona communities.

Reporter , ASU Now