“The business of healthcare is more than seeing patients,” she explained “I understand where physicians are coming from because I am one, and I can take this knowledge and help other physicians realize that administrators aren’t there to make a physician’s life miserable – they want the business to succeed.”
Reflecting on the courses she’s taken throughout the 21-month Physician MBA, Dr. Agbasi says she’s enjoyed her macroeconomics course with Associate Dean Phil Powell, and the leadership and ethics course taught by Professor Christopher O.L.H. Porter, who now serves as the Business of Medicine Physician MBA Program faculty chair.
“Improving leadership skills was a primary reason for getting my MBA. I want to be able to lead people. I want to know how to rally the troops, and I want to know how to engage people’s hearts,” said Dr. Agbasi. “I want to know how to be heard, and I want to know how to empower people so they want to do the things that are good for patients. I also enjoyed my negotiation and conflict resolution course. If you don’t know how to communicate, you can’t get people to buy into what you’re saying, and you can’t make a difference.”
“Every course has been inspiring and eye-opening. As far as the macroeconomics course, it’s truly changed the way I see the world. In learning about conflicts between nations, I’ve come to understand how those same principals affect how we work in our careers. If people prefer conflict over cooperation, nothing gets done. It’s pretty profound. That class changed the way I think.”
Having earned an MBA, Dr. Agbasi hopes to continue to lead by example in her current administrative role. She says she hopes to inspire others to remember there’s no better time than the present to pursue your passions.
“Whatever it is you want to pursue, you can do it. Live your dreams. Don’t ever say you can’t – you can! Look at my situation. I lost my husband when I was 36. I have a special-needs son. And I’m figuring it out. It just goes to show that whatever you want to do, you can. You can thrive if you decide to go ahead and go for it. I want my life to be meaningful and if your life is better because you met me, then it is good that we met.”