Ashley N. Coker '07, September 1st, 2006
Business and medicine may go hand in hand, but it’s not often that they’re dealt to the same person. ForÂ Delip Patel, though, pairing up an M.D. with an MBA is the draw of choice.
After completing his first two years of med school at the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center’s College of Medicine, Patel entered Mays Business School this summer to conquer a new endeavorâ€”an MBA.Â While the rest of his classmates are starting their third-year clinical clerkships at Scott & White in Temple, Texas, Texas A&M’s first M.D./MBA dual degree student has taken a leave of absence from med school to spend the next year in the halls of Wehner.
Although the approach to business and science classes are not completely aligned, Patel developed good study habits in med school. “It’s a totally different mindset,” he said. “My whole foundation was in science, so the transition into med school was easierâ€¦[but] med school taught me how to manage large volumes of information at once, so I’m better suited to study business.”
Since doctors must make decisions regarding their medical practice, and not just help patients, Patel wants a business degree to aid in knowledgeable choices. “When I make a decision,” he said, “I don’t just want to make a decisionâ€”I want to know why I’m making that decision.” Patel, who has no business background, says Mays will be his source for understanding business processes in the medical field.
While Patel’s next few years of academia are laid out for him, his medical field of specialty is not yet set, and thanks to the plethora of possibilities made available through the dual degree program, that’s the beauty of it. “The opportunities are endless,” he said, “that’s the excitement of the future that I look forward to.”