Christian Zimmerman, MD, MBA, ‘18
Neurosurgeon (Spine), St. Alphonsus Health System
I practice complex spinal neurosurgery in Boise, Idaho for over 25 years. This surgical practice and its’ duties are completed with the assist of three Nurse Practitioners, two Nurse Evaluators and a highly efficient office staff. My current executive responsibilities include being a Board Member for the Saint Alphonsus Health System and Board Member of the Idaho State Board of Medicine.
Q: Why did you decide to apply and ultimately matriculate into the MHCDS program?
I had decided on further educational aspirations following a lapse in formal schooling and having recently passed my specialty's MOC. The well designed and highly focused curriculum of the MHCDS Program catered to all facets of health care administration, especially those prospective events that will most likely shape this new world of uncertainty. Being subjected to the rigors of to healthcare reform as a surgeon is one thing; being professionall immersed in the process while embedded with the world’s experts as mentors, is another.
Q: What has been the best part of the program for you – so far?
The MHCDS Program initializes every student and delivers the curriculum in an ultra-professional manner from subject matter to the minor details of logistics for each residency. The constant learning through classroom interaction with fellow students and teachers, and wearing the distinctive emblem as a Dartmouth College graduate student.
Q: How have you used the skills and knowledge you have gained so far?
Certainly, the classwork in finance and operations have immediate applicability as unit cost in hospital operations is paramount to quality calculation and disclosure. Recently, the Health Care Operations course has been studying conceptual and real-time procedural processes, both identifying and remedying bottleneck situations. In many ways, healthcare reform is translated as "efficiency redesign" to the ears of a health system/hospital/insurer, demanding prompt and measurable change and the operations course has helped me speak the language of administrators and be able to contribute in a meaningful way that enhances patient care.
Q: What else would you tell a candidate for the MHCDS program about your experience?
The MHCDS Program, under its current leadership, professors and staff, is the premier study opportunity to expand the perspectives and objectivity of physician and administrator alike, inquiring into the future of health care.