Meet Chicago Booth’s MBA Class of 2018

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Curt Ginder

University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Midwestern native, MD/MBA student hoping to improve the delivery of healthcare through new technologies.

Hometown: Carmel, Indiana

Fun Fact About Yourself: I was a guest on CBS’s The Early Show as a high school senior. They cut out every last second of my camera time on the aired version, but I still count the experience as my “15 minutes of fame.”

Undergraduate School and Major:

Indiana University, BS in Finance

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, MD Candidate Class of 2018

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, TimeDoc Health (2015 New Venture Challenge Alumni)

Medical Student

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: The day we received our first revenue at TimeDoc stands out as one of my greatest career accomplishments. Our first dollars signified the moment that an idea derived from my clinical experience had been transformed into an actual business that created measurable value to real customers. Since that time, it has been beyond exciting to see our company grow and help physicians and clinical staff coordinate care for their chronically ill patients.

Looking back on your experience, what advice would you give to future business school applicants? Having taken countless standardized tests, I have come to realize practice questions and repetition are critical to ensuring success on any given test. I would recommend setting aside dedicated blocks of time to take practice questions in a test-like environment (no television, even if Game of Thrones is on!). After going through practice questions, I found it helpful to use a review book to work on the topics I was struggling with.

What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? The Full-Time MBA program at Chicago Booth was the right fit for several reasons. I felt that Booth would provide the structure, resources, and opportunities to pursue new ideas and succeed in creating a business. The opportunity to compete in the New Venture Challenge highlighted that this support extends far beyond the confines of a traditional didactic lecture hall experience. Aside from the entrepreneurship prowess of Booth and the Polsky Center, the academic rigor of the larger University of Chicago campus was also a major selling point. Most of all, I was drawn to the close-knit culture of the Booth community.

Tell us about your dream job or dream employer at this point in your life? I hope to one day work as a Chief Informatics Officer of an academic medical center. Technology serves an increasingly vital role in connecting patients to healthcare. By combining my interests in Health IT and the clinical practice of medicine, I hope to have an impact on the health of thousands of patients cared for within a large healthcare system.

What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program? I hope that they would say that I formed meaningful relationships with all of my classmates and contributed a unique perspective to the class.

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