Your list of the top business graduate schools for physician executives (By the Numbers, April 26) is misleading. Most of the schools listed are not actually business schools and, in my opinion, their value for physicians is questionable.
Business school list is misleading
Among the degree offerings you surveyed, only the Master of Business Administration degree is universally recognized, and it holds the most clout for physician-executives. Among colleges that offer MBA degrees, arguments can be made for and against programs tailored for physicians. And while time, tuition, accreditation and distance-learning options are important factors in selecting a program, it is not necessarily true that colleges offering less costly, shorter-duration, off-campus programs deserve a higher ranking.
Most physician-executives report a high degree of job satisfaction, but the perceived return on investment on a business education is highly subjective and can vary greatly among physicians depending on their goals and objectives. My advice to physicians considering business school is to do it for the knowledge and the possibility of becoming a change agent, either in the practice of medicine or in industry.
Arthur Lazarus, M.D., M.B.A.Chadds Ford, Pa.
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