Physician Leadership Development Program

Sabrina Neeley, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director

Student Testimonials

Katherine Wehri TakayasuKatherine Wehri Takayasu
M.D./M.B.A. participant
Beta Cohort, Class of 2009

"As my education in medical school became more clinical, I began to see the commonalities among my two degrees and how integrated the topics in medicine and business really are. The program has definitely exceeded my expectations in terms of helping me to connect two seemingly dissimilar topics.

"What I've realized over the past few years is that I can combine my knowledge in business with medicine in so many other ways. I've found throughout medical school that I enjoy working with under-served populations because of the need to be both a caring clinician and a smart utilizer of valuable resources. There is need in almost every area of medicine for people like us, and what's exciting is that we can truly do anything we want."


Luke RothermelLuke Rothermel
M.D./M.P.H. participant
Gamma Cohort, Class of 2010

"As the master’s classes offer a different time obligation for students than clinical work, I was able to expand my opportunities into various leadership and research roles during these times. Though a year is added to the medical school experience, I feel very fortunate for the added time to accomplish many goals beyond the medical curriculum."


Sherry AdkinsSherry Adkins
M.D./M.P.H. participant
Delta Cohort, Class of 2011

"I really enjoyed my first summer of public health classes, between my first and second years at Wright State. Sharing classes with mid- and upper-level professionals returning for their degrees was so refreshing. It reminded me of the importance of the public health course material to the development and maintenance of a quality health care delivery system in real life.

"I would like to practice family medicine in a small town or rural setting in the Midwest, preferably in Ohio. I want to improve relations between clinical practice and public health departments and maybe someday serve as health commissioner or staff physician for a local health department."


Chad GarvenChad Garven
M.D./M.P.H. participant
Epsilon Cohort, Class of 2012

"Public health needs medicine and vice versa, and there is no better way to show that than in this program. The leadership stressed in this program was also attractive. Having this second degree in the medical field makes you a leader in the community and this is an opportunity to foster those leadership characteristics."


Pooja LahotiPooja Lahoti
M.D./M.B.A. participant
Zeta Cohort, Class of 2012

"I specifically chose Wright State's program for its experience in working with dual-degree students, the high level of collaboration between the M.B.A. program and the medical school, and the complete integration of my degrees. There are only about three other schools in the country that not only give M.D.s the business skills needed, but also teach them how to lead effectively. Joining an M.D./M.B.A. program that does not teach you how to fully integrate and apply your knowledge does not make sense. Also, the program directors had me hooked the minute I met them!

"I plan on going into primary care because I feel that it will put me in the best position to help change our health care system. I would like to see more physician-led hospitals and would like to be a part of that team as one of the physician leaders (think Mayo Clinic). I plan on practicing the rest of my life, but also using my knowledge to help build a system where we can practice effectively."


Meaghan EbetinoMeaghan Ebetino
M.D./M.P.H. participant
Zeta Cohort, Class of 2013

"I am pursuing the dual M.D./M.P.H. because I am interested in learning how health systems affect access to medical care for under-served communities, both internationally and locally. I am especially interested in helping Spanish-speaking immigrants in the United States who may be underinsured and lack access to the primary care/preventative medicine they need to avoid chronic illness such as hypertension and diabetes. Ideally, having a public health background will make me a physician who is more informed about health disparities and other issues that will affect my patients; and being trained in leadership through BPLDP will prepare me to participate in the improvement of health care delivery to communities."


Colleen McCormickColleen McCormick
M.D./M.P.H. participant
Zeta Cohort, Class of 2013

"Being a part of the Physician Leadership Development Program (PLDP) has been an incredible experience. I have gained knowledge to care for populations of people, and confidence to participate in leadership within health care.  The faculty and staff of the PLDP have facilitated my learning and leadership development. They have given me opportunities to lead and supported me in endeavors to promote growth and change within the PLDP.  Our program has been evolving over the years as funding and leadership have changed. I have had the opportunity to be a part of this evolution by helping develop and implement a new curriculum model that aims to educate students not only in the foundations of leadership, but also in its application.  Working to make this program as successful as possible has been a tremendous learning experience.  I feel confident to enter the healthcare field and care for patients as a physician, while making an impact at the system level as a leader."


Kiran FaryarKiran Faryar
M.D./M.P.H. participant
Zeta Cohort, Class of 2013

"As I look back on my last three years of medical school education, I have begun to realize and witness not only how integrated the fields of medicine and public health are, but also the necessity of physician leaders in our society today. The creation of physician leaders remains an integral objective of the Physician Leadership Development Program (PLDP). This program has provided me the unique opportunity to not only study, but, more importantly, practice leadership both within the program and within our community.

"Through a series of PLDP curriculum and structural changes, I have been privileged to interact with faculty in the school of public health and business as well as leading healthcare executives at our community hospitals. Taking part in these program changes and watching our ideas come to fruition has been so exciting and motivating. The PLDP and its faculty continually foster an environment of creativity and leadership that encourages students to take leadership roles. Upon graduation, I look forward to using the public health/economic knowledge and leadership skills that I have developed in this program to tackle our generation’s current healthcare problems."


Lakshmana SwamyLakshman Swamy
M.D./M.B.A. participant
Zeta Cohort, Class of 2013

"The reason this program was created, and the reason I am in it, is to take back control of health care by understanding that health care is a complex field that requires more than medical knowledge to manage. I hope that my training with the M.B.A. will give me exposure to and the tools needed to deal with these unfortunate aspects of modern health care. This doesn't mean I want to be the CEO of a hospital or work for United Health Care by any means. I just think that in whatever way I make use of them, these skills and this knowledge will allow me to be more aware and in charge of my own profession. There is a lot more to being a doctor than medical school teaches you."


Betty CheneyBetty Cheney
M.D./M.P.H. candidate
Theta Cohort, Class of 2015

“The longitudinal clinical clerkship allowed me to interact with the same patients over an entire year and across multiple appointments. No other experience allows for continuity of care and relationship building with patients over an extended time. The public health skills elucidate many subtleties and nuances in the various healthcare settings encountered throughout the rest of medical school. Furthermore, my patient care has improved because of my awareness of available community resources.  I have a better understanding of health literacy and the most appropriate methods to communicate with my patients both individually and as a community.”