“I felt like I needed to earn more credibility, and I had the time to do it,” he said. “I felt that getting an MBA was going to be important to both my current career and any future job prospects.”
When it came to selecting a school, Dr. Mishkel knew he wanted a quality degree, but he wanted to earn it along like-minded physicians. While an executive MBA would provide him with the rigor and substance he wanted, Dr. Mishkel also recognized the value in completing a program with other physicians, who also rarely use spreadsheets and are starting fresh with traditional business principles.
“In a typical executive MBA, I think I’d spend as much time trying to catch up as I would be learning. In a room full of MDs, I know most of my classmates don’t have prior business experience and are more motivated to share what they know,” he said. “Having a common background—whether it’s learning something as simple as a spreadsheet or understanding a physician’s busy on-call schedule—created a shared experience that was really important.”