UTEP MBA Blog
Meet Peter Lin, MBA 2016
October 19, 2016
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your professional work experience before joining the UTEP MBA program.
As an Optometrist, I have the privilege of improving eye health in our community by working at a local hospital. Prior to my current appointment, I served in the military in a variety of administrative, clinical, advisory, and tactical roles both in the states and abroad. Before becoming a proud UTEP Miner, I was a Bruin at the University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in Microbiology for my undergraduate degree and going on to the State University of New York for my professional degree.
What drove you to seek an MBA?
I wanted to be a better asset to my department and develop leadership skills and paradigms. Learning the technical knowledge, critical thinking, and problem solving skills is vital for my continued development as a clinician, employee, and as a person. It was a priority of mine to learn business concepts in order to fully capitalize on my past work and leadership experiences. In addition, I expected the UTEP MBA program to challenge many of my current management practices by being in a diverse class with backgrounds from all sectors of El Paso’s economy.
How has the UTEP MBA helped you in your profession?
The UTEP MBA has given me the technical tools to understand and provide input in more facets of my job. It is easier to see hospital operations from multiple viewpoints and focus on solutions models that address all parties. It was difficult for me as a healthcare provider to understand some of the financial decisions that have to be made and I thank Dr. Wei for demystifying the various financial metrics, requirements, and planning required for a successful department. All the instructors provided valuable elements of business applicable to all sectors. Personally, Mr. Carrillo’s emphasis on logic and ethical tools and Mr. Blazquez’s model of business aspiration and obligation to society sets the foundation for my future enterprises.
Do you anticipate a promotion or career change now that you have completed your MBA?
While the MBA has given me the tools to focus more on the business aspect of healthcare, it is difficult for me to give up direct patient care. I hope to enact change from within from my current position using the skills I obtained from the UTEP MBA program.
What would you tell people considering the UTEP AMBA program?
Regardless of your background, you can succeed at both an academic and, more importantly, personal level. The classes provide more questions than answers, forcing you to work through complex business cases so that you are prepared for dealing with business problems in your workplace. The cohort system forces unique perspectives and solutions to be considered, creating a dynamic learning environment that will challenge you to leave your comfort zone. The UTEP AMBA is a great format because it allows you to apply your new skills immediately in your real world scenarios (in my case 10 hours later!) as well as provide an intense forum for formulating one’s own business philosophy. The instructors provide a proper mix of time tested theory along with current management issues to not merely instruct but encourage you to revisit your core beliefs, create your own frameworks, and prepare you for the ever evolving business world.