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From The CriticsReviewer: Anna Maio, MD (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: The editors of this book bring together numerous contributors to review changes in the healthcare industry and physician's strategies to contribute to the process. They also deal with promoting financial stability in the marketplace, leadership, and information technology.
Purpose: The editors state that they want to assist physicians in making a decision about whether or not to get an MBA, to give physicians an overview of what receiving an MBA would involve, and also to help their families understand what a physician would learn.
Audience: The book is written primarily for physicians who are involved in administrative jobs and in the business of medicine and want to become better prepared for the present and the future. The two editors and numerous contributors are all credible authorities on this subject matter and offer their insight into whether or not a physician should get an MBA and what the content of that training should include.
Features: The book is divided into four major sections with approximately four chapters m each section. These sections include: change in the healthcare industry; financial stability and business practice; leadership skills — including business ethics; and information and technology — including continuous quality improvement. The best features of the book are stand alone chapters with well-detailed tables of contents, simple text supplemented with good graphs and charts, a glossary of terms, and a reference section which is up-to-date.
Assessment: Upon reading this book physicians will grasp a sense of whether or not they would be interested in an MBA degree and what the course content would be on some basic level. This book should be recommended to any physician seriously considering obtaining an MBA.