The Executive MBA (EMBA) in Healthcare program offered by the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) graduated its second class on December 8, 2019. The 15 students were both clinicians and administrators, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse anesthetists, department chairs, marketing executives, practice managers, and directors.
Students and their families attended the ceremony at the University Club on Pitt’s campus. Prior to the graduation, an induction was held for the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society for Business. Three students—Matthew Harinstein, J. Peter Rubin, and Inderpal Sarkaria—were welcomed into this organization.
Dr. Robert J. Cerfolio—senior vice president, vice dean, and chief of hospital operations at NYU Langone Health—served as the speaker for the ceremony. He commented on the interaction he witnessed among the members of the class and noted that “leadership interactions are the single most driving force that makes you effective…listening and engaging people around you require a different set of skills to get you to the next level.” Cerfolio also reflected on the inefficiency of healthcare and the toll it can take on families, encouraging the graduates to make improvements.
The student response was delivered by Inderpal Sarkaria. Eric J. Dueweke, a 2018 graduate, welcomed the 2019 class to the Business Alumni Association.
Students in the program completed 19 months of classes as a cohort, collaborating and building lifelong relationships. The program required the completion of fundamental business courses with a healthcare focus, electives chosen by the cohort, and a practicum that addressed problems within the students’ own organizations.
Participants in the program included employees of UPMC, Allegheny Health Network, Ortho-tag, the Department of Veterans Affairs, University of Pittsburgh Physicians, and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.
The third cohort in the program began classes in May 2019 and will graduate in December 2020. Recruiting is underway for the cohort that will begin in May 2020. Additional information is available on the EMBA-Healthcare website.