SUMMER 2015 COMMUNIQU 3 MSUCOM and MSUs Broad College of Business will begin a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Business Administration joint degree in fall semester 2015. The joint D.O.M.B.A. is a response to the changing landscape of health care and the need for physician leaders. Now is a perfect time for Michigan State University to offer an opportunity for incoming students to obtain the D.O.M.B.A. degree said Donald Sefcik MSUCOM senior associate dean. A primary goal of the program is to produce osteopathic physicians who will help shape the future of health care through designing monitoring and continually improving patient outcomes. The MBA portion of the degree includes a specialization in management strategy and leadership while providing foundational management skills required for organization leaders. The program is designed to be completed in ve years. Sefcik said the two colleges began exploring the opportunity for the dual degree option in 2009. Lucy Maillette director of new academic initiatives with the Broad College of Business has been extremely helpful bringing this program to fruition. Prospective students will apply to each college independently and express their interest in the dual degree with MSUCOMs Admissions Department. Health care leaders with both the M.B.A. and the D.O. degree FEATURES BUSINESS AND MEDICINE dual degree option gives students new opportunities understand what it means to improve health for everybody. While Roubideaux was offering James professional guidance her father-in-law Anthony Dekker D.O. was offering encouragement from personal experience. As a member of the MSUCOM Class of 1978 he urged her to consider pursuing her D.O. on the banks of the Red Cedar. She listened to both advisors and moved outside Arizona for the rst time in her life. She attended MSUCOM with support from the Indian Health Service. In return for that assistance she will spend three years working for the IHS after she completes residency. She will be entering a three-year family medicine residency program at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She sees her future in providing care to American Indians and believes that her work will benet from her background in public health. My intentions were always to improve the quality of and access to health care for American Indians she says. I understand how important it is to have one-on-one time with patients and give them attention but I also believe addressing the health needs of the greater community will truly help decrease health disparities that run rampant in Indian communities. My duty is to make sure patients receive the best quality care they can get. Its about community. My patients are part of the community and I need to serve them. FACING THE FUTURE Both future doctors are also realistic about the challenges facing them. The thing thats concerning me is the navigation of the health care system James says. Its complex and I worry whether patients are capable of getting insurance and coming to see a physician. are particularly well-equipped with an understanding of how to deliver quality patient care while insuring the organizations nancial viability and future said Glenn Omura Broad Colleges acting associate dean of M.B.A. and professional masters programs. Broad M.B.A. students practice idea generation during an in-class breakout session working toward creating new solutions for real-world business problems. Even now I hear patients confused and complaining. Id hate for a patient not having access to health care because they cant navigate a website or dont know where to go for information. Swanton also holds concerns about access to care and physician reimbursement. I get it from preceptors now they arent as involved in decision making as they once were and care is sometimes about what the insurance company will approve. It used to be you went to your primary care physician and they made decisions to diagnose and treat. Now it has to go to insurance companies rst she notes. Its also going to come down to the kind of support were getting in reimbursement. People arent going to be willing to work 80 hours per week if they arent getting paid to do so and I dont think thats wrong of people to ask. But both are anticipating bright futures that incorporate public health and medicine. Im very excited about working with Native people and hold it close to my heart James says. To nally work in the community as a Native physician and take care of Native patients thats exciting because I nally get to combat health disparities in Indian country. I also want to show future generations of American Indian youth that just like me they can become whatever they want to be even a physician as long as they are focused committed and believe in themselves. Swanton is also ready to serve. I want to work with people and help them make changes every day. Im excited to be getting into residency to see patients on my own and make clinical decisions she says. I can take my background in exercise science and incorporate it into the medicine side of things. I think theres a unique platform to be able to spend time with people and work toward better health outcomes.