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Vindico Medical Education
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I presently serve as the medical director of a large and growing continuing medical education company and maintain a private practice, specializing in internal and vascular medicine, obesity medicine and clinical lipidology. In my multiple capacities as medical director, I supervise and direct all educational content, interacting with medical thought leaders throughout the world, ensuring that our content is current, relevant, and designed to enhance patient outcomes. I have led several humanitarian medical missions in Peru, Bosnia, and for homeless veterans in the USA. I am currently organizing our fourth mission to Peru in July, and in the process of forming a mobile diagnostic ultrasound company.
Why did you want to get an MBA?
I chose to pursue an MBA degree to become more familiar with the language of business, providing a sound foundation for further learning and growth. The JWMI MBA program was an investment in my future, offering me the opportunity to obtain insight into broader business issues, branch out in new directions, consider new career opportunities, and explore entrepreneurial ventures.
How has the JWMI curriculum helped you in your career?
The educational experience at JWMI has been invaluable in helping me organize and direct our medical education company, identify signs of dysfunctionality, and properly deal with the ongoing challenges of business in the ever-changing medical milieu. The tools acquired have been invaluable in developing the new business venture in diagnostic ultrasound.
What have you learned about yourself during your time at JWMI?
Serving as the medical director of an increasingly growing medical education company, running a busy private practice in Internal Medicine, and spending many hours on the JWMI curriculum presented a significant challenge in time management, persistence, and commitment to excellence. From a professional point of view, this success originated from a combination of attitudes, knowledge, and skills. Most importantly, I learned that leadership is the ability to accomplish positive outcomes through the commitment and cooperation of others. The difficult part is not formulating it but implementing it, by tapping into and deploying the talents of the individual team members. Leaders relentlessly upgrade their team by recruiting and developing superb people, making full use of every opportunity to evaluate, coach and build self-confidence. This can be achieved by establishing a relationship of trust, being candid and transparent, keeping promises, as well as giving full credit to others for their accomplishments.
What’s been your most rewarding experience in the program?
Achieving an MBA required an enormous commitment of time and energy, self-sacrifice, and most of all, indomitable spirit, to reach the finish line. Of all the certifications and honors, I have received throughout the years, achieving an MBA degree was one of the most satisfying. The knowledge achieved and opportunity to interact with a wide variety of energetic, intelligent, and supportive faculty as well as fellow executives was priceless. However, the MBA is just a ticket to the success dance. The key is to utilize and implement these tools and knowledge sets in the workplace for present as well as future endeavors, to grow, prosper, succeed and win. What separates JWMI from other programs is the commitment to the student’s success, rather than a mandate to weed students out.
What strategies did you implement to manage job, family, life and an MBA?
The key to multitasking is time management. Avoid falling behind on weekly tasks. I downloaded all reading assignments, had them read and highlighted by Monday at noon each week, placing them in a large binder devoted to that particular course, with each week’s worked separated for future reference. I also kept a master calendar of all other tasks, travel, meetings, and activities to plan for those times when future assignments could present a time-management challenge.
What advice can you share with new students embarking on the Jack Welch MBA journey?
The value of any endeavor is directly related to the amount of effort that you put into it. Set goals in life and never give up on achieving them. In pursuing your dreams, understand that time is your most precious commodity. You can’t stop the clock. Never be afraid of spending time, but guard against wasting it.
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