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        When the Practice of Medicine Becomes Business

        When the Practice of Medicine Becomes Business Video

        Take a deep dive into the Auburn Physicians Executive MBA program with our prospective student webinar, or continue scrolling for highlights of experiences you can expect to have during this program.

        Continuing Education Credits

        Through the Physician's Executive MBA at the Harbert College of Business, you gain access to membership with the Southern Medical Association (SMA). Learn more below.

        • More About the SMA

          Auburn University is proud to partner with the SMA in a continuing medical education capacity to offer graduate-level, healthcare-focused business education. SMA develops the educational programs for the two off-campus residencies in the Physician Executive MBA program. The Washington, DC residency focuses on Emerging Issues in U.S. Health Care Policy, and the international residency focuses on Comparative Healthcare Systems. Locations for the international residency have included London, Paris, Amsterdam, Sydney, Geneva, Berlin, Prague, Copenhagen and Rome.

          The Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Therefore, physicians may earn approximately 17 credits for the “Emerging Issues in U.S. Health Care Policy” conference, and approximately 20 credits for the “Comparative Healthcare Systems” Conference.  The total number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM awarded is based on the learners’ participation, as well as the final number of hours available for each Conference.

          The SMA mission is to improve quality of patient care through multidisciplinary, interprofessional education. This involves physician-directed educational and leadership activities that include diverse teams of healthcare professionals interacting, collaborating, and learning for the purpose of improving the quality of patient care.

          Auburn PEMBA students receive a 1-year membership to SMA that begins just prior to the International Trip. This allows them to be registered for AirMed travel for the trip. It also provides a subscription to the Southern Medical Journal, free online CME, discounts on Epocrates® software, Dell® computer equipment as well as other member benefits. Membership is also in place for their Washington, DC policy trip.

          Please visit for more information about the Southern Medical Association and to view the CME calendar.

        Travel Experiences

        The PEMBA program includes two study trips built into the curriculum to enrich students’ perspectives on future alternatives for healthcare delivery and practice. Physicians earn at least 15-20 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for each trip at no additional cost.  Lodging and some meals are covered as a part of your tuition.

        • Comparative Healthcare Systems-London Itinerary

          June 15-June19, 2020

          Monday, June 15—Educational sessions will take place in the hotel – Millennium Gloucester

          • 7:00-7:50 am
            Breakfast Service
          • 7:50-8:00 am
            Welcome and Introductory Announcements
          • 8:00-9:00 am
            National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
          • 9:00-10:00 am
            Operational & Strategic Issues Facing the English NHS Part 1
          • 10:00-10:15 am
          • 10:15-11:15 am
            Operational & Strategic Issues Facing the English NHS Part 2
          • 11:15 am-12:15 pm
            A "Day in the Life": The Role of the General Practitioner"
          • 12:15-1:30 pm
            Lunch with the Faculty at the Hotel and Adjourn


          Tuesday, June 16

          • 7:00-7:45 am
            Breakfast Service
          • 7:45 am
            Depart for King's College
          • 9:00-9:30 am
            Arrive and Introductions
          • 9:30 am
            "A Day in the Life": The Role of a Specialist
          • 10:30 am
            Q&A Session: The Role of the Assistant Medical Director
          • 11:15 am
          • 11:15-11:30 am
            Leadership and Transformation in the NHS
          • 11:30-11:45 am
            Managing Operations in an NHS Trust
          • 11:45 am-12:00 pm
            Finance in the NHS
          • 12:00-12:30 pm
            Clinical Governance in the NHS/Q&A
          • 12:30-1:15 pm
          • 1:15-2:30 pm
          • 2:45 pm
            Load Bus and Depart for the Hotel


          Wednesday, June 17

          • 7:00-9:00 am
            Breakfast Service
          • 10:00 am
            Depart London for Surrey
          • 11:30 am
            Arrive in Surrey
          • 11:30 am-12:30 pm
          • 1:00-1:45 pm
            Introductions and Integrated Care--Surrey Heartlands
          • 1:45 2:15 pm
            Primary Care in Surrey Heartlands
          • 2:15-2:25 pm
            Wider Determinants of Health
          • 2:25-2:50 pm
            Quality Improvement: Redesigning Outpatient Care
          • 2:50 pm
          • 3:15-4:15 pm
          • 4:15-4:30 pm
            Final Questions and Closing
          • 4:30 pm
            Load Bus and Depart for London
          • 6:00 pm
            Arrive in London

          Thursday, June 18

          • 7:15-8:00 am
            Breakfast Service
          • 8:00-9:00 am
            Depart for London Imperial College
          • 8:20 am
            Arrive at London Imperial College
          • 8:30-11:00 am
            Presentation and Tour
          • 11:00 am
            Return to the Hotel
          • 11:30am-12:45 pm
            Lunch at the Hotel
          • 12:45 pm
            Load Bus and Depart for the Wellington Hospital
          • 1:30-4:30 pm
            Wellington Hospital: Presentation and Tour
          • 4:30 pm
            Return to the Hotel


          Friday, June 19—(Educational sessions will take place in the hotel – Millennium Gloucester)

          • 7:15-8:00 am
            Breakfast Service
          • 8:00-9:00 am
            Private Insurance
          • 9:00-10:00 am
            British Medical Association
          • 10:00-10:15 am
          • 10:15-11:00 am
            Governmental Perspective on Health Care
          • 11:00 am -12:00 pm
            Wrap Up
          • 12:00-12:45 pm
            Lunch at the Hotel

        Cohort at a Glance

        With a blended program that combines distance-learning and a series of on-campus residencies, you will be able to make connections with a group of peers and create networking opportunities that will go well beyond graduation.

        Get a sense of the people you’ll connect with by exploring the titles, specialties, and locations of our 2022 graduating class!

        • 2022 Cohort





          Mercy Care Staff Physician Atlanta  GA Family Medicine
          Northeast Georgia Health System Vice President Gainesville GA Family Medicine
          UPMC Williamsport Chief, Acute Care Surgery Williamsport PA Acute Care Surgery
          Memorial Healthcare Hospitalist Medical Director Owosso MI Internal Medicine- Hospitalist
          Emergency Medical Specialists of Jacksonville Physician Atlantic Beach FL Emergency Medicine
          University of Utah Professor of Surgery Holladay UT General Surgery (Transplantation)
          Shelby OB/Gyn Physician/President Alabaster AL Urogynecology 
          University of Alabama at Birmingham  Physician Birmingham AL Physician Medicine and Rehab
          OhioHealth System Medical Chief, Epilepsy Columbus OH Neurology/Epilepsy
          Alabama Medical Group Physician Mobile AL Internal Medicine
          Vituity Healthcare Vice Chairman Emeryville CA Emergency Medicine
          Wellstar Medical Group Physician Alpharetta GA Pediatrics
          Anesthesia Management Solutions Chief of Department of Anesthesia-Memorial Satilla Health Waycross GA Anesthesia 
          Columbia Nephrology  President  Columbia SC Nephrology 
          Wellstar Medical Group Lead Pediatric Hospitalist Marietta GA Pediatric Hospital Medicine
          Independent Anesthesia Consultants of Riverside Physician Temecula CA Pediatric Anesthesiology
          Pediatric Associates Pediatrician  Milwaukee WI Pediatrics
          Baylor Scott & White Health Medical Director Georgetown TX Pathology
          Las Cruces Cardiology MD Las Cruces NM Cardiology

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