As a Duke MD/MBA student, you begin at the School of Medicine, stay for two years, then take a leave of absence and enter Fuqua for one year. You then return to the medical school for your third year, which lasts for 12 months. In the fall of that year, you resume your studies at Fuqua to complete your elective coursework. MD/MBA students typically apply for the MBA degree program once they have been accepted into and/or begun the medical school program.
"You don't actually need to do much planning to accommodate clinical training into your time at Fuqua. Once you have your business courses set up, you can fit in any medical activities, and if you need to change your schedule at the business school, the registrar really tries to accommodate you." — Noah S. Kalman, MD/MBA '13
- Program Sequencing
Unlike many MD/MBA degree programs, the Duke program does not force you to give up clinical practice in order to complete your business coursework. The emphasis is not on one discipline or the other, but on turning out graduates who are leaders in both schools of thought. The registrar works closely with you to ensure you complete both your coursework and clinical practice.
As in the regular MD program, your first year is devoted to basic medical sciences and the second year to basic clinical disciplines. In the third year, when you enter Fuqua, you take your first year of core courses and Health Sector Management courses. Upon completing the first-year MBA curriculum, you return (typically in May of your third year) to the School of Medicine to begin the first half of a 12-month scholarly experience—a Duke Medical School third-year requirement. You work with the third-year study program director to identify an appropriate mentor and thesis topic. In the fall of that year (the beginning of the fourth year of the combined program), you continue at the School of Medicine, but also return to Fuqua to complete your elective course work. During spring of the fourth year, you complete the second half of the scholarly period with your thesis due at the end. In addition to the quantitative thesis, you must complete all other normal third year requirements.
Fuqua's Health Sector Management (HSM) Program
Foreseeing the need for interdisciplinary education around health care management, Fuqua leveraged Duke's strong tradition in hospital administration and business to create the HSM program in 1999. It now ranks among the top health industry business school concentrations in the world.
You benefit from the teachings of Fuqua's award-winning faculty and practitioners and are exposed to all aspects of the healthcare system—a departure from the typical medical school, where the emphasis is on the provider. When you, as a medical student, spend time at Fuqua, you begin to see how the whole system operates and gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics between policymakers, providers, insurers, device manufacturers, health information systems, and bio-pharmaceutical companies.
The HSM faculty and staff actively cultivate industry-wide collaboration and innovation in the global health care arena. Holding conferences, seminars, and advisory board meetings provides health care executives and policymakers with multiple opportunities to exchange insight, align academic offerings with industry needs, and interact with the next generation of health care leaders.
Industry events, practicums, internships and other learning experiences give you exposure to key health sector issues and industry leaders.
In addition to HSM, you will have the option to complete one additional concentration at Fuqua. More information is available here.
- Course Scheduling
Fuqua courses are usually held on a Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday schedule, while the Medical School's courses are usually held on a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule. Students taking classes at both schools must pay close attention to course meeting times to prevent any scheduling conflicts. It is also important to realize that Medicine and Fuqua are on different academic calendars, as well as different semester schedules (Fuqua semesters are divided into two "terms" each). When scheduling a semester-long Medical School course, you need to look at both of Fuqua's terms so that there will not be a conflict.