The Application Essay That Got Me Into Yale

Yale Application Essay

Below is the application essay that I wrote to get into the Yale School of Management to pursue my MBA.

Topic: What motivates your decision to pursue an MBA?
Business education in medical school is lacking. Fortunately, our school piloted a Business of Medicine (BOM) course to introduce health care business concepts such as Medicare reimbursement. As a BOM Research Associate and President of the Medical Business Association, I’ve realized that I still have a lot to learn. I hope to further my understanding of both health care and management at Yale SOM. I believe Yale’s raw case approach and team-oriented culture is much like medicine in which physicians, nurses, and others collaborate to analyze vast amounts of information to care for patients. Given the rigid format of clinical training, now is the perfect time for me to take a two-year leave of absence to attend SOM.

I also plan to expand beyond my SAT entrepreneurial endeavors at Yale. Having worked with technology in both education via an SAT e-learning platform and health care via a clinical informatics elective, I’m interested in how technology can disrupt current health care delivery models. Whether it’s through securing a YEI summer fellowship, collaborating with MBA Executive Leadership in Health Care Program, or developing solutions for emerging medical systems through an international experience, I plan to make my first leap into health care entrepreneurship at Yale.

Having experienced the challenges of working in a fragmented county health system, I plan to create the world’s premier virtual medical group. By leveraging technologies such as HD videoconferencing, bluetooth stethoscopes, and robotic surgery, I hope to offer higher value care to underserved patients. Raising capital to finance this venture, directing a worldwide team of physicians, and negotiating with government agencies will require leadership and management competencies. After speaking with current students at recent campus visit, I am convinced Yale is the perfect place for me as a future health care leader and entrepreneur.

Shaan Patel

Shaan Patel is the founder of Prep Expert Test Preparation (formerly 2400 Expert), a #1 bestselling SAT prep author, an MD/MBA student at Yale and USC, and winner of an investment deal with billionaire Mark Cuban on ABC's Shark Tank. He raised his own SAT score from average to perfect and teaches students his methods in an online SAT prep class.