Are Three Extra Letters Worth the Effort?

Dana Corriel, MD builds on an article written by Manpreet Samra, MD, MBA, on whether an extra business degree is "worth it".

Manpreet Samra, MD, MBA drew me in, as a reader of her recent article.

The article is called “To MBA or Not to MBA“, and she discusses whether physicians who have already been through an arduous road obtaining our medical degrees should also get an MBA.

To quote the start of the read, after which I literally laughed out loud:

“The first thing my husband said when I told him about MBA school was “the NBA has a school?” It didn’t help that we first had our conversation about MBA school during the NBA playoffs but really – NBA school? I quickly overcame this start to the conversation by saying “M” as in Michael Jordan – MBA school. He got it from there and every day since.”


I personally decided against obtaining yet another three letters (the M, the B, and the A), following my name.

I decided that it just wasn’t worth my time at this stage of my “game”, even though I had officially entered the entrepreneurship “battlefield”, full-time.

I made this choice for a variety of reasons, but among the main ones was that this way, without following yet another lengthy path, I could get to the “action”, and not only sharpen the skills that interested me, but also veer off in different directions (anytime!!) on the fly.

I’d do this without having to adhere to any regimented curriculum in ‘follow the leader’ fashion.

Doing it this way may not work out well in healthcare, but it works in the business of the real world.


Learning on the go means not having to adhere to any regimented curriculum in 'follow the leader' fashion. It may not work out well in healthcare, but it works in the business of the real world. Click To Tweet


I truly believe innovating comes from trial and error, and from traveling down a new, undiscovered path.

And it’s even better when you grab the shovel and dig..

Remember that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all formula to life. So take my words with a grain of salt. They are merely the product of my own life experiences.

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