Ron Jasiewicz is on faculty at Stony Brook Medicine in New York.There was never a doubt: Ron Jasiewicz was going to be a doctor.
“As a child I had a doctor’s kit and stethoscope,” said Jasiewicz. “I pursued the
direction in which I had the passion to go.”
No career interested Brad Bunten more than one in medicine.
“Our next-door neighbor growing up was a radiologist,” said Bunten. “I remember him
telling me that if I wanted to be a doctor, I would need to do well in school. My
neighbor’s advice helped prepare me for the challenges of a medical career by teaching
me that hard work and an interest in lifelong learning are necessary for success as
Like Jasiewicz, Bunten graduated from the Harbert
PEMBA Program after the Spring semester.
Today, Jasiewicz and Bunten are not just anesthesiologists; they are Medical Corps
Officers of the U.S. Navy, and recent graduates of Harbert College’s Physicians Executive MBA program
. They graduated with 31 other doctors on May 2 in an award-winning program that gives
physicians an opportunity to earn a fully accredited MBA.
Harbert’s PEMBA program was the top-ranked physicians-only MBA program for the past
four years, according to Modern Healthcare.
The 21-month program, which blends five on-campus residencies with contemporary use
of software platform discussions and lectures, allows students to explore such topics
as business ethics, organizational leadership and change, financial analysis, advanced
business law and strategic analysis, amongst others while continuing their commitment
to their careers.
“The Auburn PEMBA program fit all of the criteria I was looking for in an MBA program,”
said Bunten, a Philadelphia native who manages the Navy’s Surgical Services Product
Line at the Defense Health Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “I had decided on an executive
MBA in order to combine both an in residence experience with a remote educational
curriculum. No other program offered the PEMBA cohort with the degree of quality offered
at Auburn. The education offered through the PEMBA program has already impacted my
career by opening the door to my present position.”
Jasiewicz, a Navy veteran of 16 years, is on faculty at Stony Brook Medicine in New
York. Having been a member on congenital cardiac surgery teams in developing countries,
training active duty resident physicians, and mentoring student physicians, the anesthesiologist
believes the “focus towards health care, integrated strategy, and leadership” was
an attribute of the program. But the praises didn’t end there.
“It’s a manageable program that gives the dedicated individual the business education
and skill set that’s needed to go forward,” he said. “Between the distance learning
that helps facilitate the program and being able to continue a full-time career, in
addition to having the health care focus amongst all of the other business courses,
it has all of the elements and attributes of an competitive MBA program, which is
appropriate for (physician) leadership.”
Jasiewicz, who spent much of his Naval career in San Diego and received his medical
degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, noted that the class’s camaraderie,
networking and “comparing notes with other physicians from different states” was an
added benefit. “The program has given me the understanding of business analytics
integration that not only pertains to healthcare, but also applies to being effective
and competitive in the global market.”
Studying alongside a fellow military officer had its benefits. “We worked together
in our Competitive Strategy course and then a team business plan that was a collaborative
effort,” said Jasiewicz, who said he envisions leadership opportunities in the health
care sector and potentially beyond. “Brad was the first team member I recruited for
the business plan group project. We have similar backgrounds and strong skill sets.
It worked out well, for two classmates who did not know each other prior.”
Bunten, whose career has been split between emergency medicine and anesthesiology,
has served in hospitals in Afghanistan. He said the program helped “hone my analytical
“Whether it be assessing one of my operating rooms for efficiency, looking through
a prospectus for an investment, or developing process improvement projects, my ability
to assess the salient points of an issue and to effectively articulate my position
has greatly increased,” said Bunten, who earned his MD at George Washington.
“My skills as a physician have been used in more ways than I could have ever imagined.
Travelling to foreign lands to take part in humanitarian missions, deployments to
warzones, and training health care professionals in operational medicine are just
some of the alternative clinical experiences I have enjoyed. I also derive a great
deal of satisfaction from teaching and mentoring high school, college, and medical
Now he has a business degree to complement his medical experience.