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Electives - Business in Medicine, Innovation and Quality Improvement
Business of Health Care (formerly Health Care Systems)
Elective Number: E90t (3421)
Rotation Supervisor: G. Paul Matherne MD, MBA
Instructors: G. Paul Matherne MD, MBA & Thomas A Massaro MD, PhD
Duration: 2 weeks
Available: Rotation 13a (3/4-3/16) Class of 2019
Time to Report: 8:00am
Place to Report: TBD
Typical Day: 8:00am-5:00pm
Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.
Number of Students Per Rotation: 20 max
Course Description: Have you been stymied with understanding how our health system works? Is health care a business? Should it be? Where does the money come from? Where does it go? What about Pharma? Aren’t they the bad guys? The Health System in the US provides enormous challenges and opportunities for those entering the medical profession today. This course is based on the Darden Full-Time elective entitled Health Care Industry. The goal of this course is to help the future physician appreciate the complexity of the health care system. At the end of the course, students should have a greater understanding of the dynamics of this key industry and a better appreciation for how their future practice fits into this complicated system.
Guest lectures (Spring 2018):
The course is designed to address four primary themes. The first provides an overview of the domestic and international marketplaces. The second theme outlines key management issues in the direct delivery of patient care which should be a basic goal of all health systems. The third examines the supporting industrial infrastructure, especially the medical technology and pharmaceutical industries and the innovations that are being produced. The final theme addresses the fundamental organizational changes that are occurring in the delivery of care and should provide insight into areas where consultants and consulting firms are involved in the transformational processes.