What They Won't Teach You in Health Administration Schools

What They Won't Teach You in Health Administration Schools

I think "health administration" is an anachronism, since we have a sick care system masquerading as a health care system and the last thing we need is more administrators, rather than leaderpreneurs.

Consequently, those offering programs to students interested in being health systems administrators, offer courses and measure competencies designed to fight a phony war.

Instead, they should be requiring graduates to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies:

  1. How to hire physician intrapreneurs and what to do with them once you have.

  2. Understand AI and machine learning and what to do with the results of algorithms.

  3. How to overcome the barriers to US and international biomedical innovation and entrepreneurship.

  4. How to lead innovators.

  5. Success factors for successful organizational innovation.

  6. How to address the social determinants of adverse health outcomes.

  7. How to recruit, train, promote and retain a diverse talent pipeline.

  8. How to win the the 4th industrial revolution.

  9. How to improve the health professional, health care team, patient family and friends care team experience.

  10. How to change doctor and patient behavior and transform sick care to health care.

Whether you get an MD/MBA/MHA/JD/MPH or some other concoction of credentials, it is likely that you will have blind spots and that they won't be filled in your formal training. Try not to let school get in the way of your education.

Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is the President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs.

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  • Eddie Ward

    They also won't teach you how to become a great leader.....

  • Melissa Burns

    Most of these facts are so accurate !!!!!

  • Demi Smith

    There is a huge difference between schooling and education.

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Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA

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Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is a professor emeritus of otolaryngology, dentistry, and engineering at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health and President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs at www.sopenet.org. He has created several medical device and digital health companies. His primary research centers around biomedical and health innovation and entrepreneurship and life science technology commercialization. He consults for and speaks to companies, governments, colleges and universities around the world who need his expertise and contacts in the areas of bio entrepreneurship, bioscience, healthcare, healthcare IT, medical tourism -- nationally and internationally, new product development, product design, and financing new ventures. He is a former Harvard-Macy fellow and In 2010, he completed a Fulbright at Kings Business, the commercialization office of technology transfer at Kings College in London. He recently published "Building the Case for Biotechnology." "Optical Detection of Cancer", and " The Life Science Innovation Roadmap". He is also an associate editor of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship and Editor-in-Chief of Medscape. In addition, He is a faculty member at the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School where he teaches Biomedical Entrepreneurship and is an iCorps participant, trainer and industry mentor. He is the Chief Medical Officer at www.bridgehealth.com and www.cliexa.com and Chairman of the Board at GlobalMindED at www.globalminded.org, a non-profit at risk student success network. He is honored to be named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives of 2011 and nominated in 2012 and Best Doctors 2013.

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