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Kenneth Youens, MD
Hometown: Weimar, Texas
Currently Reside: Georgetown, Texas
Southwestern University, BS
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, MD
I am a clinical informaticist and pathologist at Baylor Scott and White Health, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas. I currently serve as medical director of laboratory informatics for my region and maintain an active anatomic and clinical pathology practice.
Why did you choose the Auburn Physicians Executive MBA program?
I chose the Auburn program after considering local executive MBA programs and several other well-regarded online MBA programs. I chose Auburn because of the physician-only cohort class structure, the limited residency requirements, and the flexibility of the curriculum. Those factors, together with Auburn’s good reputation and the program’s competitive price, made Auburn the best choice for my circumstances.
As you conclude your first week of residency, how would you describe the experience? What are your key takeaways?
The first week of residency was excellent. We were forced into an online format by the COVID pandemic, but the program still provided a feeling of cooperation and togetherness through its well-organized virtual structure. The classroom sessions themselves were excellent, and the didactics were well-organized and encouraged active participation. My classmates are a strong group of leaders with diverse backgrounds and skills. I have already learned a lot from them, and it is clear that we will be a great resource for one another for many years to come. The first week of residency validated my decision to choose a program specifically for physicians with both a cohort structure and a residency component.
When we welcome you and your cohort to campus, what are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to meeting my classmates face-to-face, and to getting to tour the Auburn campus.
What do you hope to achieve through the Auburn Physicians Executive MBA program?
I hope to gain a solid foundation of knowledge in business principles that will make me better at my job, better able to lead effective teams, and an asset to my organization.
About the Physicians Executive MBA Program
Any medical organization, hospital or specialization group needs both business and clinical talents to achieve operating success. Too often, these two vital functions exist in separate camps within the same organization. What’s missing? The hybrid healthcare professional who understands both the practice of medicine and the business of medicine.
Auburn’s Physicians Executive MBA program provides physicians a comprehensive understanding of critical business disciplines and practices. The 21-month program blends intensive residencies with distance courses for best of both worlds – face to face instruction that provides interaction with faculty and peers and online learning that offers the flexibility to balance a physician’s busy schedule. The physician-only cohort sees the value of learning the business of medicine in the context of the practice of medicine, learning not only from our top-notch faculty, but also from each other. This delivery model binds students into a tight-knit cohort that later becomes a professional network offering benefits long after graduation.