Physician Leadership Development Program

PLDP Overview

Welcome

From the Director

Sabrina M. Neeley, Ph.D., M.P.H.Welcome to the Boonshoft School of Medicine Physician Leadership Development Program (PLDP).  At our school, we believe that physician leaders of the future will be required to have a broad perspective on health and health care that is innovative, proactive and integrates knowledge from a variety of disparate fields.  We know that health disparities, inequities, economic sustainability and concerns about quality and patient safety challenge the effective delivery of health care in the United States and abroad. 

The PLDP trains physician leaders of the future by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to face these challenges head-on.  Our five-year program facilitates the completion of either an M.P.H. or M.B.A. degree while completing medical school. We also provide a unique opportunity for students to participate in a longitudinal clinical experience of their choice during their graduate year that integrates medical and graduate experiences and provides opportunities for community-based research and projects.  This dual-degree training has had a significant impact on graduates’ acceptance into residencies of their choice at many prestigious programs around the United States.

Medical students apply and are accepted into the PLDP during the fall of their first year. No previous public health or business experience or education is required.

Regards,

Sabrina M. Neeley, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Director, Physician Leadership Development Program
Director, Boonshoft School of Medicine Population Health Curriculum
Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health

PLDP Mission

To develop advocates for leadership in medicine, health systems and population health through education, communication, collaboration and experience.

PLDP Vision

As students in the Physician Leadership Development Program pursuing integrated degrees in Medicine, Public Health, and Business Administration, we envision an educational community of global citizens devoted to leadership development, community building, advocacy and innovation.

Physician Leaders

Become a Physician Leader

“Having a dual-degree has shaped my career thoroughly. As a family medicine physician M.D./M.P.H., I feel better equipped to approach my patients not only with the individual band aid they may need at the moment, but also to actively work on healing and problem-solving with the community they know and need. My clinical skills and practical research methods allow me to partner with both local and global populations working on critical issues. I am grateful and excited for the work I am invited to participate in and appreciate the variety of professional activities available to me because of my dual degree.”

Kate Conway, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of family medicine and Family Medicine Clerkship director

Who should consider the PLDP?

Are you a person who is interested in the health of populations in addition to individual patients?  Are you interested in understanding how health systems can work better?  Do you want to improve the quality of health care in the United States and abroad?

What is the PLDP?

The Physician Leadership Development Program coordinates the completion of either an M.D./M.B.A. or M.D./M.P.H. dual degree while providing leadership training and experiences.

Why would I need a second degree in addition to the medical degree?

The rapidly changing environment of health care requires individuals who can see the big picture, integrate knowledge from disparate fields, lead others and be proactive.

How is it done?

Students begin graduate (M.B.A. or M.P.H.) coursework during the summer following their first year of medical school.  Master’s degree requirements are completed during a graduate year, which also includes a longitudinal clinical experience that integrates students’ medical and graduate experiences.  The PLDP director and program coordinator are available to support and assist students.

Where do I complete the dual degree?

The M.B.A. degree is offered by the Wright State University Raj Soin College of Business Master of Business Administration Program.  The M.P.H. degree is offered by the Wright State University Master of Public Health Program.  Coursework is completed in either a traditional classroom format or online.  Longitudinal clinical experiences as well as M.P.H. practicums are community-based in clinics, organizational offices or other health facilities.

When do I need to apply?

Each PLDP cohort is selected during the fall of the first year of medical school. 

M.D./M.B.A.

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

Rocky JedickM.D./M.B.A. students learn not only about medicine but about the business of medicine.  This will be essential for future physician leaders interested in health care provision, health care finance and quality improvement in health systems and patient outcomes.

Program Curriculum

The M.B.A. curriculum is 33-48 semester hours.  Medical students without previous business education may need to take one to five foundation courses in addition to core courses.

Application

Students apply to the M.D./M.B.A. degree program during their first year of medical school. M.D./M.B.A. applicants are not required to take the GMAT. Applicants must petition the M.B.A. Admissions Committee to waive the GMAT requirement.

Request Information about the M.D./M.B.A. Degree

Have questions or need more information? Just fill out the form below or call (937) 258-5554. (Items with asterisks are required.)

M.D./M.P.H.

M.D./M.P.H. Degree Program

Jeff JenksM.D./M.P.H. students learn to think about medicine from a broader perspective than just a single patient. They focus on how the health of a population affects the health of individuals, and vice versa. They learn about reducing health disparities and increasing health equity through prevention, education and policy.

Program Curriculum

The M.P.H. curriculum is 42 semester hours of in-class coursework, a practice placement and a culminating experience.

Application

Students apply to the M.D./M.P.H. degree program during their first year of medical school. M.D./M.P.H. applicants are not required to take the GRE.

Request Information about the M.D./M.P.H. Program

Have questions or need more information? Just fill out the form below or call (937) 258-5554. (Items with asterisks are required.)

Admission

Admission to the Physician Leadership Development Program

Students accepted into the Boonshoft School of Medicine are eligible to apply to the PLDP. Medical students apply and are accepted into the PLDP during the fall of their first year. No previous public health or business experience or education is required. Review the PLDP and Graduate School Admissions Checklist (PDF). Then follow these simple steps to apply.

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Submit the following by November 1:

M.D./M.B.A. and M.D./M.P.H. applicants are not required to take a standardized admissions test such as the GRE or GMAT.

M.D./M.P.H. applicants may submit their MCAT scores in lieu of the GRE. M.D./M.B.A. applicants must petition the M.B.A. Committee to waive the GMAT requirement.

Last edited on 07/20/2015.