Practice Management

Here’s What Ophthalmologist-MBAs Are Up To

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Most ophthalmologists with MBAs appear to maintain clinical responsibilities, though a number hold nonclinical positions, according to a cross-sectional study involving 120 ophthalmologists who hold such degrees.

Investigators collected demographic, training, and professional activity data from each ophthalmologist’s online profiles. Among the results:

  • Nearly 3 in every 10 serve in primarily nonclinical roles. 
  • >Half participate in significant nonclinical activity.
  • 3 in every 10 are in hospital administration.
  • 7% serve in pharmaceutical administration. 
  • 5% are consultants. 
  • Older clinicians are more likely to participate in significant nonclinical activity. 
  • 43% are employed by academic medical centers.
  • 30% work for large group practices, and 13% are in private practice. 

Pathpati A, Tsai J.  Leadership in ophthalmology: The role of physician-MBAs. Am J Ophthalmol. 2018;188:70-73. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2018.01.023

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