Physician Leadership Development Program

M.D./M.B.A. Degree Program

GraduationOur country needs more highly educated and motivated physician-leaders to address challenges in a variety of settings, from developing public health policies and managing massive hospital networks, to addressing global health concerns and shaping academic medicine. Tomorrow's leaders are likely to need more than one advanced degree to make a major impact in such an environment. The Physician Leadership Development Program provides a dual-degree program for those students who want to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Would you like to become a physician with strong leadership and management skills? If you are interested in management of health care systems, health economics and population-based health care, and possess good leadership, academic and analytic skills, you are an ideal candidate for Wright State University's M.D./M.B.A. program.


The Physician Leadership Development Program (PLDP) offers medical students management and leadership skills, as well as knowledge of health economics and population-based medicine. It is designed to develop future leaders of the health care system, including CEOs of health care organizations, such as hospitals, hospital systems, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and for-profit health care companies. 

While taking courses in the Master of Business Administration program, M.D./M.B.A. students participate in a longitudinal clinical experience during their graduate term that integrates their graduate and medical educations. Additionally, they attend seminars and special programming with M.D./M.P.H. students themed around leadership. The program is completed in five years, culminating with a dual degree — an M.D. and an M.B.A.


Graduates from the Physician Leadership Development Program have pursued careers in dermatology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry and surgery. Our students have gone on to residencies at the following institutions:

  • Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, N.Y. (Internal Medicine, Psychiatry)
  • Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Mass. (Internal Medicine)
  • Clinton Memorial Hospital, Wilmington, Ohio (Family Medicine)
  • David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. (Transitional Year)
  • East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tenn. (General Surgery)
  • Kettering Medical Center, Dayton, Ohio/Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
  • New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center, New York, N.Y. (Family Medicine)
  • Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio (Psychiatry)
  • Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, Penn. (Dermatology)
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, La. (Obstetrics/Gynecology)
  • University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio (General Surgery)
  • University of California-Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, Calif. (Family Medicine)
  • University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, Ill. (Pediatrics)
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, Ill. (Internal Medicine)
  • University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Internal Medicine)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, Va. (Internal Medicine)
  • WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio (Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Psychiatry)

Admissions Criteria

Students will be selected on the basis of superior academic performance, evidence of analytical skills, leadership potential and interest or experience in health systems, the organization of health care and the business of health care. Undergraduate GPA, academic load, community service, extracurricular activities will also be considered.

Potential PLDP students must first be accepted into the Boonshoft School of Medicine. Medical students interested in pursuing a M.D./M.B.A. must apply to the PLDP in their first year of medical school by completing a Supplemental Application and required essays. The Supplemental Application form is available online. In addition to the Supplemental Application and essays, students must submit 2 letters of recommendation that support their ability to participate in a dual-degree program.

Dual-degree candidates must also apply for acceptance into the Wright State University Graduate School, Raj Soin College of Business M.B.A. Program. Graduate school application information is available through the WSU Graduate School. M.B.A. admission requirements are described on the M.B.A. Program web site. These requirements include taking the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

The admissions process for the Physician Leadership Development Program is coordinated through the Center for Global Health. Admission to the PLDP is contingent on the applicant’s acceptance into the Boonshoft School of Medicine and the Raj Soin College of Business M.B.A. Program in the Graduate School. The PLDP Admissions Panel reviews applications in early November, so applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a complete Supplemental Application, including essays and letters of recommendation, by October 1.

If you have questions, would like to schedule a time to visit and speak with the program leadership, or would like to talk with a current PLDP student, contact the PLDP Program Coordinator.

M.D./M.B.A. Application Checklist:

  1. Complete and submit the PLDP Supplemental Application, essays and letters of recommendation during M1.
  2. Apply to the Raj Soin College of Business M.B.A. Program in the WSU Graduate School.
  3. Take the GMAT
  4. Meet with M.B.A. advisor to determine if any foundation courses may be waived

Concentration in Health Care Management

See: Health Care Management Concentration

PLDP Executive Council

The Physician Leadership Development Program (PLDP) is a unique composition of five years of dual-degree students committed to leadership in health care. The PLDP Executive Council was initiated by students to integrate their skills and interests as well as to collaborate to promote their professional, academic and leadership development.



Last edited on 07/01/2015.