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Michael Osborne

Michael Osborne

Vanderbilt MBA 2011

Vice President, Practice Management at Jackson Healthcare

Making the Jump

Army Pathfinder Gets Health Care Grounding

After graduating from West Point, classically trained pianist Michael Osborne spent five years as an officer with the Army's 101st Airborne Division. His service included 26 months in Iraq, where he eventually was responsible for all combat operations covering 1,600 square miles in Salah Ad Din Province.

West Point prepared Michael for leadership, but he knew he lacked critical business skills he would need to transition to a civilian career. Even after one year in the Vanderbilt Health Care MBA program, he was amazed by his progress. Coming in, he says, "I knew very little about health care. After the first year, I was able to discuss and present new ideas for pressing issues with health care CEOs who have 30+ years of health care experience. I am confident there isn't another business program in the world that would have better prepared me for a career in health care management."

Michael, whose single-digit handicap helped the first-year MBAs win the annual Owen Cup golf tournament, particularly recalls former Senator Bill Frist's class about health care reform. "Between Congressman Jim Cooper and Senator Frist, we were able to hear real-time perspectives about the health care debate—including their recommendations for business opportunities moving forward. At the end of the mod, Senator Frist invited the class to his home for dinner. That's something you won't find in other programs."