Alumni spotlight: Amy Richardson MD, MBA
What is your current title and position?
I continue to work as clinical associate professor of pediatrics and attending physician in the emergency department at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital while I seek an opportunity that will put both my Weatherhead School education and diverse health care experience to use.
What degree did you receive from the Weatherhead School and in what year?
I received an MBA in the EMBA program in May 2006.
What brought you to the Weatherhead School?
When I first considered a graduate business degree nearly 20 years ago, Case Western Reserve was on my list of top choices. When I came back to that plan five years ago I enrolled in the Physician Executive Institute. That experience confirmed for me the value of management education for physicians and that the Weatherhead School, particularly the EMBA program, was the best place for me to obtain that education.
With regards to your Weatherhead experience, how has it been relevant to your current position?
As one of the few clinical faculty members with a business degree I have been called on to teach business and management concepts to residents and students in formal and informal settings. I recently delivered two lectures to the senior psychiatry residents at University Hospitals/Case Medical Center to help them prepare for entry into the world of practice.
If you could invite any famous person/celebrity (living or dead) to dinner, who would it be and why?
As a female physician, I suppose I ought to say Elizabeth Blackwell (the first woman physician) or some other more modern woman pioneer. But, in fact, the historical person I'd most like to meet is Queen Elizabeth I of England. She was a smart, tough, courageous and resilient person who led her country through an exciting era of exploration, military triumph and artistic flourishing despite nearly constant challenges from within and abroad. In the movie Shakespeare in Love the fictional Elizabeth muses, "But I know something of a woman in a man's profession. Yes, by God, I do know about that." I think we'd have a wonderful conversation.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
My non-clinical pursuits are all fairly tame. I enjoy gardening and cooking as well as needlework, movies and books. I've also caught the travel bug since our international business course experience in South Africa. Finally, in the last year I've taken on the challenge of raising funds to endow the EMBA program leadership award.