Dentists won’t succeed if they concentrate on clinical work and neglect the business side of their practices. Good management requires know-how, which is why New York University’s College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) and Stern School of Business have created a dual-degree DDS/MBA program. Students can complete both degrees within 5 years in a flexible curriculum that’s designed to balance coursework with clinical practice.
“We are extremely pleased to introduce our new DDS/MBA dual-degree program, which offers an individualized and extremely relevant learning pathway,” said Charles N. Bertolami, DDS, DMedSc, the Herman Robert Fox Dean of NYU Dentistry. “There is an ever-expanding need for practicing dentists to fully understand the business side of healthcare, whether they are in solo practice or corporate-owned offices. A more efficiently run practice can translate into better and potentially more affordable service to the public.”
Students enrolled in the program begin at NYU Dentistry on a full-time basis for the first 2 years. During the third calendar year, students take core MBA courses while continuing to hone their clinical skills 8 hours a week at NYU Dentistry. During the fourth and fifth calendar years, NYU Dentistry remains their home as they take their remaining DDS and MBA courses within a flexible format that allows them to move clinical practice time when needed and take business courses when offered.
“In today’s dynamic healthcare environment, there are increasing pressures to manage the double bottom line of delivering quality care with efficiency,” said Peter Henry, PhD, dean of the Stern School of Business. “Our intent with this new dual-degree program is to equip practicing dentists with a business lens that enables them to excel in this setting.”
“This new dual-degree program is one of only a handful of such programs that exist in US dental schools,” said Andrew I. Spielman, DDS, PhD, MS, NYU Dentistry’s associate dean for academic affairs. “It is one of several steps NYU Dentistry has taken to be at the forefront of transforming dental education in order to best meet the needs of tomorrow’s dentists.”