Stephanie Vanterpool
“One of the most important opportunities you will have is to collaborate with people with whom you might not have otherwise interacted. Don’t miss out on this.”
Director of Comprehensive Pain Services and Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
University of Tennessee Medical Center

Weekend Executive MBA

Class of 2015
Industry:
Health Care

Prior Education:

Duke University School of Medicine
MD, 2005

Baylor University
Business, 2000
Hometown:
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Nationality:
British Virgin Islands

Reflections

The successful practice of medicine is no longer just about being a good doctor, but also about having a successful practice from a business standpoint. As a physician, I have to understand anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology in order to diagnose problems and prescribe effective treatments. In the same way, as a business leader in my practice, I must understand the fundamentals of effective accounting, operations, management, and strategy—just to name a few—in order to identify problems and propose optimal solutions. Earning my MBA has provided that foundational business knowledge, along with access to the resources and relationships, that are vital in continuing to grow and be successful in my field.

Before Fuqua

Pain management physician at a specialty practice with no formal leadership position within my organization.

After Fuqua

I’m the Medical Director at a major academic medical institution’s busy comprehensive pain center. I manage a team of 10 (and growing) and make management and strategic decisions for the practice. I am also regularly involved in developing departmental and institutional policy and community education.

 

Leadership

I am much more aware of the interplay of the six domains of leadership, particularly the importance of relational and contextual leadership. I pay special attention to providing context and purpose and building trust with my team members. Being cognizant of these leadership components has helped me to “steer the ship” through a very tumultuous change period. It has also been important to recognize that leadership can and should come from any part of the organization—leading up, leading out, and leading down. This knowledge is helping me remain focused on mentoring and cultivating leadership within my team, and learning from examples of leadership around me.

Weekend Executive MBA

Top Areas of Career Focus

IT (16%)
Financial Services (14%)
Health Care/Health Services (10%)
Manufacturing/Operations (9%)
Sales/Business Development (8%)
Consulting (8%)

Typical Class Demographics
Weekend Executive MBA

Age Range

36

Work Experience

11 years

Students with Advanced Degrees

32%

Women

27%

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