Working with Rice Business professors, physician trainees collaborate on actual workplace issues to arrive at practical, results-oriented solutions.

Health care, the largest industry in the U.S., faces many challenges such as sky-rocketing costs, increasing demand, inadequate access to care, inefficiency, inconsistent quality of services, and non-uniform processes. With growing recognition that many of these challenges are truly business problems that have not improved since 1910, the industry is slowly realizing the need to change the way physicians get trained and subsequently also how they work:

  1. Faculty at several medical schools/residency programs, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education have recommended that apart from clinical training, physicians need to learn interpersonal and communication skills, effective teamwork, professionalism, and systems-based management practices so they are better prepared to face and address the daunting industry challenges.    
  2. The Affordable Care Act is also inducing the need for coordination of care amongst multiple health care institutions by linking payment to value of the patient and creating Accountable Care Organizations.

The Health Care Initiative at the Rice Business School aims to provide relevant business education to young physicians who can jump start their careers with skill sets that will not only set them apart, but also respond to the critical need for "bending the cost curve" while improving health care outcomes.

REMP is a one month rigorous certificate program on management essentials designed for physician trainees. The program aims to address the need for management education through short term education and allows the business school to serve as a lifelong resource for the advancement of business and management skills among physicians.

Who Should Attend:

Physician Trainees ‚Äď Fellows and Residents¬†(ideally in advanced years of training)

Program Date:

April 2018


To register for the program, please reach out to the appropriate point of contact at your institutions listed below. If your institution is not listed below, please contact Megan Gossett at 

Deadline to Register - December 15, 2017

Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Jennifer Christner
Dean of the School of Medicine
Interim Designated Institutional Official for Graduate Medical Education

MD Anderson Cancer Center
Dr. Diane Bodurka
Vice President for Clinical Education/Professor Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine

Methodist Hospital
Trevor M. Burt, M.S., Ed.D.
Vice President, Education Administration

University of Texas Medical School at Houston 
Dr. Michael Bungo 
Program Director, MD-MBA Dual Degree Program

Program Curriculum will include, but is not limited to:

April 2018

Strategy Formulation and Execution in Organizations Working in Teams: Leading and Collaborating While Delivering Care 
April 2-3*
Prashant Kale

The Language of Accounting
April 5*
Brian Rountree

Financial Decision Making
April 6*
James Weston

Working in Teams: Leading and Collaborating While Delivering Care
April 10-11*
Brent Smith

Process Improvement and Quality Management in Health Care
April 13*
Amit Pazgal

Negotiation and Influence Strategies
April 16*
Jing Zhou

Management and Delivery of Patient-Focused Care
April 18*
Vikas Mittal

Analyzing Cost in Hospitals
April 20*
Shiva Sivaramakrishan

21st Century Perspectives on Health Care
April 23* and April 25*
Binata Mukherjee

Communicating with Impact
David Tobin

  • Communication will be integrated throughout the entire program.¬†Students will have an opportunity to work on actual problems and¬†propose implementable solutions.

Communication Presentation
April 27*

Graduation Reception
May 30*

Attendance at a Rice University Executive Education program requires significant advance preparation. Participants registering as a group through their institutions are not eligible for refund but may only be replaced. Participants registering individually must provide written notice of cancellation and must be received more than 30 days prior to the program start date to be eligible for a full refund less a 6% administrative fee. Notice given by individual registrants after 30 days prior to the program will not be eligible for a refund.

* dates/faculty subject to change

Binata Mukherjee

Director, Health Care Initiative

Prashant Kale

Associate Professor of Strategic Management

D. Brent Smith Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education, Associate Professor of Management and Psychology (Organizational Behavior)

Brian Rountree

Associate Professor of Accounting

James P. Weston

Harmon Whittington Professor of Finance

Jing Zhou

Houston Endowment Professor of Management and Psychology (Organizational Behavior)

Amit Pazgal

Friedkin Chair in Management and Professor of Marketing and Operations Management

Vikas Mittal

J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Management (Marketing)

Shiva Sivaramakrishnan

Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Accounting

David Tobin

Senior Lecturer in Communication

Elizabeth O'Sullivan

Senior Lecturer in Management