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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? Can I make it to the top-50 MBA programs? 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
Thanks for your post. I would think that starting and running your own business would give you a lot of examples of leadership skills from setting the vision, to making key business decisions, managing staff, etc. So, I would remind you that leadership comes in a lot of forms, not just rising through the ranks of a business. In terms of extra-curricular activities, you may be able to use some examples from medical school, but you will want to focus on more recent activities. As a doctor, have you done any pro bono work or volunteer at any in-need clinics? From the information you have provided, it seems that you would be appropriate for a top 50 program. My caveat is that you don’t mention where you want to go in your career. That is a critical part of your program (MBA vs MPP) and school selection. You will also want to focus on that in your application so that you can make the case for why you need an MBA/MPP MBA and why now only four years after medical school.