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Perceived Value of the Clinical Dual-degree Program to DPM/MHA Alumni

Kyle Pearson DPM, MHA1 and Carla Stebbins PhD, MS2
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  • 1 College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA. Dr. Pearson is now with the Department of Foot and Ankle Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • | 2 College of Health Science, Master of Health Care Administration Program, Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA.
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Background:

This article provides an analysis of the perceived value to doctor of podiatric medicine/master of health-care administration (DPM/MHA) alumni of the clinical dual-degree program at Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa, and a review of the literature on physician leaders.

Methods:

An in-depth review of the current literature and an evaluation of survey results from 21 of 33 alumni of the DPM/MHA dual-degree program at Des Moines University was completed.

Results:

There was an overwhelming positive response from alumni toward the DPM/MHA dual-degree program. It was also found that there is a need for physician leaders who obtain knowledge and understanding of the business aspects of medicine in the current health-care industry.

Conclusions:

These survey results provide justification that the DPM/MHA dual-degree program at Des Moines University is fulfilling its goal of providing an educational background in the administrative and clinical aspects of medicine that prepares students for the complex and ever-changing health-care industry. The dual-degree program is a great opportunity for the podiatric medicine profession and podiatric medical schools to increase their collaboration with MHA programs to offer dual-degree programs to help fill the void and prepare future physician leaders. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 103(1): 56–66, 2013)

Corresponding author: Kyle Pearson, DPM, MHA, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Department of Foot and Ankle Surgery, 1400 Locust St, Bldg B, Room 9520, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. (E-mail: pearsonkt@upmc.edu)