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Business of Medicine grads endow a lecture series

September 6, 2016

Kelley Business of Medicine graduates have donated $127,000 for a lecture series.

The Kelley Business of Medicine Class of 2016 has donated $127,000 for a lecture series.

The latest graduating class from the Business of Medicine MBA Program at the Kelley School of Business has donated more than $127,000 to endow an annual lecture series for alumni and current students.

The funds will be used to create a lecture series that will bring in high-profile speakers with open access for Physician MBA alumni. The annual series will be incorporated into a new course offered this year in the Business of Medicine MBA Program, Current Issues in Business of Medicine. The course will offer lectures featuring prominent health care thought leaders who will address some of the most pressing issues in health care today.

"This significant gift will allow the Kelley School to bring in more high-caliber national thought leaders, like health system CEOs and policymakers, to enhance the way physicians are thinking and learning in the program," said Phil Powell, associate dean of academic programs at the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis. "This lecture series provides an education and engagement you can’t get in the classroom. It provokes discussion, and if you're an alum, it helps re-engage the thought process you received in the Business of Medicine MBA Program."

"We had 100 percent philanthropic participation in this class gift, and that speaks volumes about the student engagement and support for the future success of this one-of-a-kind physician MBA program," said Dr. Shukri David, chairman of cardiovascular services for the St. John Providence Health System and a 2016 Business of Medicine MBA graduate. David was instrumental in organizing the class gift. "There is a wonderful faculty committed to engaging physician leaders and providing the tools to empower us to be executives as well."

The Business of Medicine MBA Program is a 21-month curriculum designed for practicing physicians to help them navigate through the changing landscape of health care.

"The bonds developed over two years between the students and faculty created an opportunity to support an endowed gift, a way to give back and at the same time rekindle friendships developed during our time at Kelley," said David. "This gift will benefit both current students and past students. Endowing a lectureship from our class will give us an opportunity to return to Indianapolis for updates by national speakers on health care issues for many years to come."

The first speaker in the Class of 2016 Lecture Series will be Dr. David Pryor, chief clinical officer for Ascension. Pryor will speak to both alumni and current students in October.

"Dr. Pryor exemplifies a physician executive in a leadership role, the importance of a place in health care management for physicians," said David. "As physicians, we've been immersed in the sciences for many years. However, 80 percent of health care is driven by physicians, but very few of us are in leadership positions. The Kelley Physician MBA program provides physicians the necessary tools to deliver more efficient, cost-effective health care from an executive leadership position."

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