The Kelley Business of Medicine Physician MBA Class of 2017 has convened in Washington, DC for a five-day deep dive into how health policy happens. Twenty-six physicians traveled to our nation’s capital to look under the hood of healthcare policy development.
After flying in from all over the country, the group gathered for dinner at The Hamilton (restaurant not rap-full play), followed by a networking gathering at the POV rooftop terrace of the W Hotel. Watching the sun set over the White House and the Washington Monument made it the perfect venue to discuss the week ahead.
After a 10-minute bus ride, the group arrived on Capitol Hill —full of questions and eager to learn about the process that leads to the policies that guide our everyday practice of medicine. After a short walk by the House and the three buildings housing legislators and their staff, we arrived at the Capitol Hill Club.
We conducted a candid discussion with current and former committee staffers from both the House and Senate. This experienced group imparted what the process of healthcare policy is all about. Discussion during and after the meetings demonstrated the process’s true complexity, which was greatly underestimated by most of us. These meetings also underscored the importance of physicians learning about policy development on Capitol Hill.
One of the true highlights of the day was the tour of the U.S. Capitol Building by the Honorable Cliff Stearns, a senior advisor at APCO Worldwide and former U.S. Representative for Florida’s 6th congressional district (1989-2013). He conveyed the enormity of what happens on the House floor, as we sat in the same chairs occupied by the Supreme Court Justices during the State of the Union. Not going to lie, that was cool. After this history-filled tour of the Capitol, we enjoyed a delicious Italian meal served by a Russian immigrant, rounding off the true greatness that is the melting pot of America.
The healthcare policy course is unique to the Business of Medicine Physician MBA Program. It gives physician MBAs a deeper understanding of the regulatory process, as physicians discuss healthcare policy with policy makers and regulators in Washington, DC. Course instructor Julie Manning Magid, professor of business law, in conjunction with program director Susannah Gawor and Mike Lorde of The Washington Campus create an itinerary to help the group better understand healthcare policy.