“Father and former Army trainee surgeon and documentary enthusiast pursuing an MBA at HBS.”
hometown: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Fun fact about yourself: I’ve been the best man three times
Undergraduate school and major:) Warwick Medical School (Medicine), Kingston University (Sports and Exercise Sciences)
Latest Job Title and Employer: British Army, medical officer
What is your first impression of the Harvard Business School MBA students and alumni you have met so far? Tell us about your best Harvard Business School story so far. I was overwhelmed by the way the students and alumni were so friendly and generous with their time and advice. During the application process, there were a lot of alumni who gave time to talk to me about their experience and give their advice on the application. HBS Veterans Network is also very supportive and they have gone above and beyond during the application process.
What makes the case method so attractive as a way to learn and become a better manager? The case method seems very intuitive to me as a doctor. When working and learning as a physician, you encounter a problem and have to work on the problems to come up with a diagnosis and management plan. I feel as if the case method complements this way of thinking and problem solving really well.
I also really look forward to learning from the perspectives of all my colleagues who will have very different backgrounds to me. As someone who has worked in two public sector organizations (National Health Service and Army), I feel as though I have a lot to learn about other industries and this will be accelerated by interaction with my classmates.
Apart from your classmates and issues, What was the main part of MBA programming at Harvard Business School that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? I will be moving with my wife and 1 year old son and this had a huge impact on the courses I looked at. From talking to the people on the course, HBS seemed really family friendly =- friendly. I can honestly say that we have really been amazed by the support network of partners and families since we were accepted.
Another element that was taken into account in my decision making was the Boston Biotechnology Center. There is a lot going on and it would be great to be near such a vibrant biotech scene as well as another great university in the area.
What course, club, or activity excites you the most at Harvard Business School? Of course, the healthcare club catches my eye, but I am also excited about the tech club and all the sports on offer. There is already a soccer group created and I can’t wait to play. I am also very excited about the planned trips around the US and South America. We are really excited to live on this side of the Atlantic and would benefit from our proximity to so many amazing places.
When you think of Harvard Business School, what’s the first word that comes to mind? why? worldwide. HBS is a brand recognized by managers and leaders in any industry and anywhere in the world.
Describe your biggest career achievement to date: Led a telemedicine experience to a British Army military selection program. It was a real privilege to be part of a team that delivered a project that had a positive impact on the care patients received, lowered costs and became a model of what can be achieved in remote areas with a limited number of physicians. Highlights of the project included seeing the infrastructure she helped design and implement being used to remotely manage a critically ill patient, and seeing the patient with a dislocated shoulder in place in the field under remote clinical supervision.
What motivated you to pursue an MBA at this point and what do you hope to do after graduation? I loved my job as a doctor and interacting with patients. However, I recognized that there are many issues preventing widespread improvement in care for all and I wanted to increase the impact it is having by addressing some of these issues. It took me a while to admit that I can still have a positive impact on a patient’s journey without being at the patient’s bedside. Once I realized this, I felt it was only natural to take a break and pursue an MBA in order to prepare for a major career change. I love technology and can see how even simple technologies done in the right way can have a huge impact on healthcare delivery and outcomes. I hope my time at HBS expands my thinking and understanding about the economy and other systems that play a role in the delivery of healthcare around the world as well as exposure to new and exciting industries.
What is the one thing you have read, watched or listened to recently that you would highly recommend to a prospective MBA program? why? I recently read What do they teach you at Harvard Business School (Different from the book What they don’t teach you at Harvard Business School). It was written by British journalist, Philip Delphis Broughton, who left his career to earn an MBA at HBS. If you’re from a non-traditional industry like me, you’ll provide insight into the course from someone with a similar perspective. It’s entertaining, informative, and a bit from an insider’s point of view for the course at HBS.
What other MBA programs have you applied to? London Business School
What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into the Harvard Business School MBA program?Tough question because you never know what adcom to look for. The best advice I received was about the article. I was told to try to guide the admissions team through the defining moments in my life that led me to apply for my MBA. To do this, I think you need to think deeply about why you want to pursue an MBA. Nor would I stress trying to get a completely unique reason for wanting to pursue an MBA. From my discussions, many people have similar reasons for wanting to pursue an MBA, and it is their journey and the conclusions they reach through self-reflection that make them special.
Beyond that, ask as many people as possible to consider your application. Others will read your application through a different lens and may offer a perspective that you may not have considered. It may also remind you of things you forgot to mention. I used to discuss my order with my wife (a lot!) during the whole process and she was reminding me of important things I did in my career that I had completely forgotten about.
Good luck with your applications and feel free to reach me on LinkedIn if you have any questions.