Kristy Bird MaKieve MBA 15
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Leadership at the Intersection of Business and Healthcare

UC Davis MBA students have many opportunities to be leaders, not just learn about leadership theory and best practices. Our curriculum is designed for experiential, hands-on learning.

Recently, I spoke at UC Davis Health about MBA scholarships available for faculty and staff there. The UC Davis Sacramento campus is the home of our part-time MBA program, which is a win-win for health care professionals. Why not earn your MBA where you work with a scholarship not available anywhere else? I was grateful for the scholarship when I was an employee at the UC Davis School of Medicine. The scholarship helped make the UC Davis MBA possible.

I learned a great deal both inside and outside the classroom, collaborating with students in medicine, nursing, law and engineering as we explored the intersection of quality improvement in healthcare.

Alumnus Dr. Ron Fong, a recent Sacramento MBA graduate who practices family and community medicine at UC Davis, stopped by to talk to prospective students at our event. He shared about how the MBA differentiates you at talent in ways that other masters degrees rarely do. (See Dr. Fong’s recent blog on Big Data Rx for Medicine).

Also joining us to talk to prospective students was UC Davis pediatrician Dr. Ulfat Shaikh, director of healthcare quality at UC Davis Health. She reminded me of when I was the MBA representative on the Student Interest Group in Quality Improvement, which she leads. As a new MBA student, I also created and led a new student club for Business and Healthcare.

I learned a great deal both inside and outside the classroom, collaborating with students in medicine, nursing, law and engineering as we explored the intersection of quality improvement in healthcare. Based on our research, we wrote an article for quality improvement journals in hopes of being published.

After earning my MBA, I was able to parlay my student experience into teaching the Business of Healthcare course at UC Davis.

Dr. Shaikh is now seeking to include business leaders to expand the Quality Improvement Forum she will lead in May 2018, as she continues to cultivate the connection between healthcare and business.

Most recently, two Bay Area MBA students created the Healthcare Council at our San Ramon campus.

Of course, the Graduate School of Management is more than healthcare. We have a strong Women in Leadership group run by students and many other student groups, clubs and chapters. We are in the midst of creating a stronger LGTBQ community, which is being led by students.

As a UC Davis MBA student, you enjoy and benefit from small class sizes, close connections with faculty who nurture your interests and prepare you to be a leader. We also offer a Leadership Fellows Program to further strengthen and cultivate valuable skills for any industry. 

When you’re looking to pursue your MBA, consider what impact you can create as a student—and beyond.