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New class at the MIT Sloan School of Management includes many health care professionals

More than 400 new students are arriving for the new term at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and many of them are doctors and other health care professionals, the school said Friday.

In a press release, school officials said that the implementation of President Obama’s health care overhaul law, known as Obamacare, may be one reason why an unusually large percentage of this year’s incoming class are in the health care field.

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The school’s release included quotes from several new students.

One student is Dr. Andrew Brown, a radiologist.

“Health care is in desperate need of new ideas and new ways of doing things,” Brown said. “Sloan’s rich entrepreneurial heritage and vast innovation ecosystem makes it an ideal place for a physician looking to shake things up in health care.”

Alan Christophe spent about three years working in the pharmaceutical and health care industries before enrolling in MIT Sloan’s MBA program.

“I strongly believe that the health care field is the next economic ‘boom,’ similar to the dot.com boom in the 90’s and mobile communication over this past decade,” Christophe said. “Health care is the most fragmented industry in the US, and I believe it is fragmented because of management deficiencies in the private and public sector.”

Another Sloan student is Dr. KC Collins, who has completed his third year of residency in general surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

“After graduating from Sloan, I hope to return to the world of academic surgery with an enhanced understanding of business operations, health care economics and biodesign,” Collins said. “My goal is to earn a leadership role that will enable me to catalyze meaningful improvements at the interface of business and medicine.”

In its release, Sloan noted that health care courses it offers include Economics of Healthcare and Introduction to Healthcare Delivery in the US: Market and System Challenges, as well as elective “Action Learning” courses such as Healthcare Lab, GlobalHealth Lab, and Operations Lab. More than 20 MIT Sloan faculty members have a strong interest in health care and health-related research.

While this year’s students include many with health care backgrounds, many new MBAs are also drawn from such traditional fields as consulting, finance, and engineering, Sloan said.

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.
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