Meet the MBA Class of 2024: Amrit Sandhu, Harvard Business School

Meet the MBA Class of 2024: Amrit Sandhu, Harvard Business School

“Father and former army trainee surgeon and documentary enthusiast pursuing an MBA at HBS.”

Hometown: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Fun fact about yourself: I witnessed three times

Undergraduate School and Major:) Warwick School of Medicine (medicine), Kingston University (sport and exercise science)

Most recent employer and job title: British Army, Medical Officer

What has been your first impression of the Harvard Business School MBA students and alumni you have met so far. Tell us your best Harvard Business School story to date. I was overwhelmed by the availability and generosity of alumni and students with their time and advice. During the application process, there were many former students who gave time to tell me about their experience and give their opinion on the application. The HBS veteran network is also very supportive and they went above and beyond during the application process.

What makes the case method so appealing as a way to learn and become a better manager? The case method seems very intuitive to me as a doctor. When you work and learn as a clinician, you are faced with a problem and must solve the problems to come up with a diagnosis and a management plan. I feel like the case method complements this way of thinking and problem solving very well.

I also look forward to learning from the perspective of all my classmates who will have completely different backgrounds than mine. As someone who has worked in two public sector organizations (the national health service and the military) I feel like I have a lot to learn about other industries and that will be accelerated by the interaction with my classmates.

Apart from your classmates and cases, What was the key element of the Harvard Business School MBA program that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? I am moving with my wife and one year old son and this has had a huge impact on the courses I have taken. Talking to people on the course, HBS seemed to be really family = friendly. I can honestly say that we have already been blown away by the partner and family support network since our acceptance.

Another element that factored into my decision-making was the Boston biotech hub. There is so much going on and it will be great to be close to such a vibrant biotech scene as well as another great university in the area.

What class, club, or activity are you most excited about at Harvard Business School? Naturally the health club catches my eye, but I am also enthusiastic about the technical club and all the sports on offer. There is already a football (soccer) group set up and I can’t wait to play. I am also very excited about the planned trips to the United States and South America. We are so excited to live on this side of the Atlantic and will enjoy being close to so many amazing places.

When you think of Harvard Business School, what’s the first word that comes to mind? Why? Global. HBS is a brand recognized by managers and leaders in all sectors, all over the world.

Describe your biggest achievement in your career so far: I ran a telemedicine trial for a military selection program for the British Army. It was a real privilege to be part of a team that carried out a project that had a positive impact on the care received by patients, reduced costs and became a model of what can be achieved in remote areas with a limited number of clinicians. Highlights of the project were seeing the infrastructure I helped design and implement to remotely manage a critically ill patient, and seeing a patient have their dislocated shoulder restored in the field under clinical supervision from a distance.

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point and what do you hope to do after graduation? I loved my work as a doctor and the contact with patients. However, I recognized that there are many issues that stand in the way of widespread improvement in care for all and I wanted to increase the impact I have by addressing some of these issues. It took me a while to recognize that I can still have a positive impact on a patient’s journey without being at their bedside. Once I had this realization, it seemed natural to branch out and pursue an MBA in order to prepare for a significant career change. I love technology and can see how even simple technologies implemented in the right way can have a significant impact on healthcare delivery and outcomes. I hope my time at HBS will broaden my thinking and understanding of the economy and other systems at play that affect the delivery of healthcare around the world, while being exposed to exciting new industries.

What is one thing you have recently read, watched or listened to that you would highly recommend to future MBAs? Why? I read recently What They Teach You at Harvard Business School (different from the book What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School). It is written by a British journalist, Philip Delves Broughton, who left his career to follow the HBS MBA. If you’re in a non-traditional industry like me, this will give you some insight into the course from someone with a similar perspective. It’s entertaining, informative, and a bit of an insider’s perspective on the course at HBS.

What other MBA programs have you applied to? London Business School

What advice would you give to help potential candidates gain admission to the Harvard Business School MBA program?Tough question because you never know what the adcom is looking for. The best advice I got was about trying. I was told to try to guide the admissions team through the key moments in my life that led me to apply for an MBA. To do this, I think you need to think deeply about why you want to pursue and MBA. I also wouldn’t stress about trying to have a completely unique reason for wanting to pursue an MBA. From my discussions, many people have similar reasons for wanting to pursue and MBA, and it is their journey and the conclusions they come to through self-reflection that make them unique.

Beyond that, get as many people as possible to look at your application. Others will read your application through a different lens and may offer a perspective you may not have considered. They can also remind you of things you forgot to mention. I used to discuss my application (a lot!) with my wife during the whole process and she reminded me of important things I had done in my career that I had completely forgotten.

Good luck with your applications and feel free to contact me via LinkedIn if you have any questions.

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