ACR highlights Yales joint degree program

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While joint MD/MBA programs and executive MD/MBA programs have become more common, Yale is the nation's only university to offer an MBA tailored for healthcare executives, according to ACR's Daily News Scan.

Yale’s joint program, which was inaugurated in the 2005-2006 academic year, requires students to compress six years of study in the science of medicine and the science of management into five intensive years.

The standard Yale MD/MBA program averages five to six students each year and the median age of the student is 40, said Howard Foreman, MD, program director and professor of diagnostic radiology and public health.

Foreman also attempted to dismiss the commonly-held belief that these graduates will abandon medical careers for the private sector, by stating that 90 percent of Yale’s graduates of the joint program have gone on to complete residencies.