Udai Sibia is pursuing his MBA at the Carey Business School. He is a physician currently working as a clinical research fellow at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland.
Tell us a little about yourself and what brought you to Johns Hopkins?
I'm from California. My undergrad was at UCLA in Neuroscience, and that was my introduction to the field of medicine. I joined a private-U.S. medical school in the Caribbean and did my basic sciences there, and thereafter continued with clinical rotations in Chicago. I then came to Hopkins to pursue the MBA in Health Care Management.
In Chicago, I was uncertain about the business of medicine, though I had taken microeconomics at an undergraduate level. It was at an MBA fair that I got adequate information on what I could further study and yet be in a position to get a residency position in a timely manner. The Carey Business School was my best option considering the reputation of Johns Hopkins, and my own schedule. This program has the backing of Johns Hopkins Medicine and in my opinion, if I have to do a MBA in Health Care, Hopkins would be the place to go.
What made you decide to add an MBA to your medical degree at this time?
In my opinion, the practice of medicine is integrated within a business model. It became compelling for me to expose myself to the business aspects of health care and pursuing a MBA was the next logical step.
What are some of the things you are working on?
I am working as a clinical research fellow in the Department of Surgery at Anne Arundel Medical Center. This is a one-year fellowship in research. I am interested in pursuing a career as an academic surgeon and am working towards a residency in surgery.
What has surprised you about your Carey experience?
I was gladly surprised to find that at Carey, there is a pleasant environment where peers support and work with each other and faculty members extend a helping hand to each student to achieve their career goals. Equally surprising is the diversity of Carey's student body and its vast network of alumni/affiliates, especially in medicine. The opportunities for professional growth, learning, and development are immense.