Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My business school experience so far

This summer, I only took one business school course. One of the best features of my current program is the flexibility it offers busy executives. I have the option to take a few courses or a heavy load of courses each year. At my current pace, I will probably complete the MBA in 3 years. Each year, I will be giving up approximately 8 weekends to be in class. To me, that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make. Traditional executive MBA programs have classes on every other weekend and that was simply too much time away from my family. Choosing an MBA program is a very personal decision and I made mine based around family and career priorities. I'm currently 1/4 of the way through the program and I've had the opportunity to meet some very interesting students working in the healthcare or pharmaceutical industry. It's been great to hear their stories and their career ambitions. Some of my classmates are nurses, pharmacists, scientists, or physicians. Others are business professionals who do not have a clinical background. I find it rewarding to have a dialogue with a diverse group of students who can appreciate the issues we face within the health care industry.

I've enjoyed the coursework and the ability to complete the "foundation" courses in the curriculum.  Those foundation courses focused on:

  1. Economics
  2. Finance
  3. Accounting
  4. Marketing
  5. Organizational Development

This fall, I hope to dive into courses like business ethics, pharmacoeconomics, pricing, research & development, and global corporate strategy. I don't think I'll get to all of these courses this fall, but we'll see what my schedule will bear.

I am currently a business school student in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Executive MBA program at Saint Joseph's University Erivan K. Haub School of Business in Philadelphia, PA. The Nationally-ranked and AACSB-accredited Haub School of Business, centrally located in the mid-Atlantic pharmaceutical and healthcare corridor, is able to bring together industry experts and a world-class faculty for a unique industry-focused, immersive executive program.

You can read about my business school experience by reading all the blog posts tagged "Business School Blog."

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