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Profile evaluation, Atypical profile(Doctor, Self-Employed)

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Profile evaluation, Atypical profile(Doctor, Self-Employed) [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 09:19
I am a 28 year old Doctor from India. I graduated from the Maulana Azad Medical College(University of Delhi) in New Delhi four years ago and have been self-employed in my own clinic as a general practitioner ever since then. I really think that I am good MBA material. But I want to hear what you guys say about my profile.

Here is some basic information about me:

GMAT Score: 770/99%; 50/92% for Quant and 47/99% for Verbal. I have scored 6.0/91% on the Essay. So the GMAT part is reasonably OK IMHO.
GPA: I am an Indian Medical Graduate and have studied from one of the best Indian Medical schools i.e the Maulana Azad Medical College. During my MBBS, I have scored 57% aggregate. I haven't yet found out how to convert this to GPA. I think 57% is about what the average student at my medical school scores. (Less than 1% students per year cross 75%). It has been 4 years since I graduated and I have not done a post-graduation.
Work experience: This is probably the weaker part of my CV. I have been self-employed since I left medical school i.e I have worked at my my own clinic. That raises the additional problem of not having any good Letter of Recommendation writers.
Leadership experience: Plenty of it when I was at medical school but very little of it since I left medical school. While I was at medical school I was elected the vice-president of the student body and I was also the head of the Literary society. Apart from this I was also the captain of the football team.
Extra-curricular: Again, Plenty of it when I was at medical school but very little of it since I left medical school. I have won various prizes in debates, dramatics, football, chess, hockey etc. etc.


My main concern is that ever since I left medical school, I have been self-employed. Consequently, I have no good letter writers, No leadership experience and no extra-curricular achievements to show. Overall though, I am an all-rounder and a very knowledgeable individual.

My questions specifically are:
What kind of B-schools can I apply to and hope to get into for an MBA?
Should I consider Masters' degrees other than MBA like Masters in Public Policy or Masters in Hospital Administration etc. ?

So what do you think are my chances? I'd be grateful for an honest and thoughtful appraisal. Thanks
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Re: Profile evaluation, Atypical profile(Doctor, Self-Employed) [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2012, 19:04
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Thanks for your profile details. you have an interesting story, which sometimes can actually get the attention of the adcoms. Certainly your GMAT will get you noticed, and being an MD will definitely be viewed as an atypical background. This you should leverage as a good thing, because it gives you a different perspective. The healthcare industry is a very hot topic right now and understanding this industry can be a real asset. B-schools are always looking for ways to diversify their student body and if you have a compelling vision for your post MBA career and why you want the MBA, you could have a shot at a top school. You seem worried about your being "self employed," but this I would say is entrepreneurship at its finest and running your own practice is akin to running your own business. Hopefully your practice has been successful and you can tout the skills you have garnered in building it. As for recos, you can do like other entrepreneurs and use vendors perhaps? Since med school is like a job, one reco could also be from a professor or residency supervisor maybe? Just throwing out ideas. Let us know if we can be more specifically helpful.
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