Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Management (BBA)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Steven Charlier


Medical students often look into owning their own practice as an option for their career. However, many of them do not acquire the proper training for owning and operating a business, and ultimately end up making costly mistakes. Thus, the purpose of this study is to gauge how medical students perceive the importance of business education and training. Based on survey data from 137 current medical students from across the United States, our study found that the vast majority of medical students believe that business education and training is valuable. However, today’s MD/MBA programs do not appear to meet the current needs of medical students, as a broad MBA degree may not be the best fit for most medical students.