Monday, December 3, 2012

McKinsey: opportunity to get first-hand exposure for MDs and PhDs

Author: Riley Alexander, MD, MBA

I recently sat in on one of McKinsey's MD/PhD recruiting webinars (featured previously by Dr. Kim here) to get a better idea of how MDs work in the firm explore what top-level management consulting firms like McKinsey are looking for when recruiting MDs. It appears that they plan to increase their hiring of MDs in the coming years and as such, are increasing opportunities for interested candidates to become acquainted with the field and the firm. This new opportunity is simply called "MD Rotation" and is a 4-week/1 month internship at a McKinsey office that allows you to shadow a team involved on a project. I'm not sure how involved you would be (if at all), but it provides a great opportunity for those interested to see what the field entails and if it might be for them--not to mention, network with current consultants.

This was exciting to hear because doing the classic summer internship is not really possible for residents, fellows and most med students. McKinsey does also offer the one weekend Insight event in Philly every year for those with advanced healthcare backgrounds, but the MD Rotation sounds more flexible and may provide more opportunities than a one-time event. The only real caveat is that the MD Rotation is limited to McKinsey offices within the greater Midwest area and may be hard for those not in/near those cities to attend.

More info and application information for McKinsey advanced placement degree programs, including the MD Rotation and Insight, can be found here.

About the author:

Dr. Riley Alexander is a pathology resident at Indiana University School of Medicine, blog "addict" and avid follower of technology. His primary interests revolve around how technology, especially mobile, will create increased efficiency, enhanced physician education and better delivery of care in the medical field. Dr. Alexander is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine with a combined MD/MBA, in partnership with IU's Kelley School of Business. Due to this, he is also very interested in management, healthcare policy and non-clinical aspects of the medical field and enjoys exploring non-clinical opportunities for medical students, residents and physicians. He completed his undergraduate education at IU-Bloomington.

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