Two years ago, Saura Fortin Erazo, MD, MBA’18, knew she was making a difference as a family medicine physician. She worked hard, maintaining a busy practice and working full time to support her family. She created value for her patients on an individual level, but she recognized the lost opportunities for better care that result from inefficiencies in our healthcare system. She knew she could do more.
“If I were in a leadership position, I could provide change on a larger scale and affect more lives,” said Dr. Fortin. “As a practicing physician, even a highly productive one, I lack the power to be an effective change agent. It’s difficult to make the overall requisite changes to improve the healthcare system.”
Dr. Fortin wondered: How do you move from being a regular, working physician to a leader who drives change? She recognized she needed leadership skills and a better understanding of the business of medicine. She felt an MBA would provide her with the tools to acquire both, and she began to research programs.