Making Business a Priority
Amrit Sraow, Eller MBA ’15
By Liz Warren-Pederson
For the past two years, Amrit Sraow has lived in Granada, where she attended the St. George’s University School of Medicine.
She’s currently transitioning to her clinical rotations in Brooklyn, but neither med school nor location has prevented her from also working on her Eller MBA.
“I chose to do the online program because I am already going to school more than full time, and the online program lets me work at my own pace,” she said. “There are times when my med school burden is a lot, and the Eller Online MBA allows me the flexibility to focus on that when I need to.”
Sraow chose the Eller MBA for multiple reasons. “No matter what my profession is, if I want to have a career and be a success, I must learn about business,” she said. “I have always been a science person and never took a business class in my undergrad at the UA, so I felt that I at least needed some exposure so that I can make more educated decisions when the time comes.”
As a med student, she sees business acumen as key to staying on top of the significant changes underway in the healthcare industry. “In the event that I decide to run a private practice, I will be more knowledgeable about all of the aspects of running a business. Also, let’s say at the age of 50, I decide that I don’t want to practice anymore, I can always go in to hospital administration.”
Sraow said that an MBA will help her bridge the gap between clinicians and businesspeople. “Problems arise when physicians don’t entirely understand how to run a business, and businesspeople don’t know how to meet patient needs,” she said.
She also said that she is pursuing an MBA for personal reasons. “My biggest motivation is the feeling of empowerment,” she said. “I feel that having a business background is something that makes me a stronger and more competent person, and what I learn can be applied to so many other things in life. Not to mention, I won’t have to rely on my father, brother, or future husband to help me make financial decisions.”
Sraow started the program in September. “I absolutely love how flexible it is and that I am able to make the schedules for both of my programs work. It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve managed!”
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