The Business of Medicine | When a doctor chose an MBA to save the world

“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn. 14 years of work experience in the pharmaceutical industry, 4 awards, 39 scientific publications and 3 books later, Mr. Gopikrishna chose to pursue an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. While his credentials speak volumes about him, Dare2Compete was honoured to have had a chance to sit with him for a short conversation about his how he managed to jump off the ledge to pursue a career in management and his long-term career ambitions.

An avid reader of history, folklore and music, Gopikrishna is passionate about the healthcare industry. His interests lie in the field of healthcare data analytics and in exploring the countless ways in which technology has transformed this industry. To get a better, holistic view of the healthcare domain, he decided to dive into the realm of management. 

Pursuing the PGPx course from IIM Ahmedabad, especially designed for individuals having considerable work experience, Gopikrishna’s transition to the campus life from that of the professional life wasn’t easy. To quote him, the change was drastic. Where you can switch off your work mode and relax while in the industry, the campus life is different, you’re constantly on the go, said he. 

From the intricacies of the GMAT exam to how he managed to score a good 740 in his second attempt and still opted to stay in India to pursue an MBA from the coveted IIM Ahmedabad, Gopikrishna vividly explains the journey of his career progression. 

A part of National Finalist team of Optum Stratethon, Ahmedabad Acers, his team went on to bag the title of the National Runners Up of Optum Stratethon. With numerous credits on his plate, we have Gopikrishna Panicker here, talking about his dream, his goals, his aspirations and how he is living the life many aspirants dream of, everyday. Watch the video above to get a better insight into his story, how he chose an MBA to save the world. 


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