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Health Professionals, This MBA Scholarship Is Your Compass
Navigating to your next career stage requires the right tools

“It is the journey not the destination.”

This is a common mantra when transitioning through life stages. Yet no journey is without direction and no direction is without a true north for guidance. We all need a purpose to guide us and to provide checks and balances as we advance in our careers.

AN MBA IN BUSINESS AND HEALTH

Six years ago, I was at a crossroads with my professional life and asked Tom Nesbitt for guidance. He’s the associate vice chancellor for Strategic Technologies and Alliances at UC Davis Health, as well as the intellectual architect and spiritual force behind the UC Davis Center for Health and Technology.

In the healthcare sector, the landscape is quickly shifting.

Tom listened patiently to my scattered concerns about the future and responded with the measured reassurance of a Sherpa guide urging climbers to summon their greatest potential. He spoke from years of experience in exploring his own frontiers.

He then encouraged me to apply to the UC Davis MBA program. He had arranged with the Graduate School of Management to provide UC Davis Health employees with financial assistance through the Health Professionals MBA Scholarship Program. The scholarship was a commitment between the School and UC Davis Health to align resources for investing in staff. 

Without proper preparation, perspective and tools, it is easy to lose your direction in your quest for professional fulfillment.

This alliance places UC Davis at the forefront of the emerging intersection between business and healthcare. In 2013, Google allocated nine percent of its $300 million in venture investments to health and life sciences and the following year it invested 36 percent of $425 million. Recently, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase discussed jointly entering the healthcare market by forming a healthcare company specifically to cover their employees.

THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE

As I navigate to the next stage of my professional career, the scholarship and my MBA experience have provided me a compass for finding my true north. I now share the story of my path with colleagues at UC Davis Health, encouraging them to apply for the Health Professionals MBA Scholarship as well.  

In the healthcare sector, the landscape is quickly shifting. Without proper preparation, perspective and tools, it is easy to lose your direction in your quest for professional fulfillment.