JUNE 20, 2007

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Brad Mons first OSU D.O./M.B.A. recipient

Photo of a male graduate in a cap and gown standing between two OSU dignitaries.
Brad Mons, D.O./M.B.A. (center) with Dr. John Fernandes, OSU-CHS president and dean, and Dr. Marlene Strathe, OSU interim president and system CEO.

A recent OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine graduate has more than the letters D.O. behind his name, thanks a recent degree addition at the college.

Bradley Russell Mons, D.O./M.B.A., is the school’s first graduate who also completed a master’s degree in business administration from the OSU William S. Spears School of Business as part of medical school.

“I knew I wanted to get the skills offered by the degree, and so I talked with Dr. John Fernandes about the new program. It was nice to able to finish it in one year,” Mons said.

Mons took a two-semester accelerated program available to OSU medical students, who are able to earn an M.B.A. between the second and third year of medical school studies. Mons was the first to enroll in and is the first to complete the dual degree program.

After completing the degree, he resumed his medical studies. “I was able to use my business training during my third and fourth years,” he said. “When I was on rotations I was able to help doctors work through medical practice issues such as costs and staff concerns.”

He encourages other students to consider getting their MBA, calling it another tool they can use in managing practice issues such as insurance, staff management, and team building. “I had a lot of good mentors. I worked closely with Dr. Fernandes and the business professors at OSU,” Mons said.

Mons is studying general surgery at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing, Mich. He plans to become a surgeon and eventually an administrator, chief executive officer or a dean.

Contact: Marla Schaefer, OSU-CHS, (918) 561-5811