Dr. Candice Danielle Carpenter




United States





By Dr. Candice Danielle Carpenter

Get to know Dr Candice Carpenter, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: I was born and raised in the greater region of Los Angeles, California. I’m physician, educator, as well as neurosurgeon-in-training. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and then went on to complete a graduate degree in Mind, Brain, and Education at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

I received my M.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to Oxford, I was treating neurosurgical and neuro-oncological patients in Columbus, Ohio.

Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Healthcare, Neurosurgery

Sector/Industry you are hoping to work in post-MBA: Healthcare/Neurosurgery, Medical Administration, Education, Entrepreneurship

Country of residence before coming to Oxford: USA

College: St. Benet’s Hall

Twitter: @CrpenterDr

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: driven, intellectually insatiable
Manager: confident, emerging leader in academic medicine

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford, and more specifically, the Oxford MBA.
I have been living and working in the United States in healthcare as a resident neurosurgeon, and specifically treating a range of neurosurgical and neuro-oncological patients with incurable brain cancer, ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, spinal cord compression, and disabling functional neurological disorders. I have been intrigued with business since before medical school and found myself with the opportunity to pursue an MBA during an elective year in my neurosurgical residency. I was further propelled to obtain an MBA because I realized that I have a penchant for visualizing healthcare processes and all of their inefficiencies, as well as an excitement for re-engineering systems and processes in healthcare to further streamline them for improved patient care and overall physician experience. I chose Oxford because I wanted to learn cutting edge business techniques from a premier university, as well as meet individuals from around the world who could help contribute to my growing global awareness and global expertise in business, and specifically its application to the healthcare industry.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
Took an accounting course on udemy as a primer

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
To develop further expertise in business acumen, leadership, as well as medical/surgical, educational, and social entrepreneurship.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
Enjoy the Oxford MBA and take advantage of all of the intellectual, cultural, and social opportunities that SBS and the wider community have to offer

Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?
Intermixing and networking with a dynamic, intelligent, and diverse professionals from all over the world; developing expertise in process analysis/business operations, strategy, and marketing; immersing myself in the cultural and intellectual networks of Oxford

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
Balancing a rigorous palette of curricular and extra-curricular activities and deciding on which events to participate in at the expense of missing out on other events

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
I am hoping to help galvanize and lead dynamic and disruptive change within the current systems of healthcare, massively improving and streamlining various processes (e.g. patient care, electronic medical records, operating room set-up/turnover)

Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?
Impact Lab, Social Impact OBN, Healthcare/Biotechnology OBN, Educational Business and Entrepreneurship OBN, Oxford Union

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?

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