From MBA to MD, a change in career was just what this doctor ordered

January 12, 2018 - 6:58 am

The KMBZ Cover Story, "A Night in the ER," concludes Friday with a story about a man who decided in his 30s that he was dissatisfied with his career and embarked on a new path in emergency medicine. 

One of the attending doctors at 1 a.m. in the emergency room at the University of Kansas Hospital is Dr. Bryan Imhoff, 42, a third year resident. When most people would feel trapped in their chosen profession, Imhoff took a chance on something different.

"I actually trained as an engineer, an industrial engineer, which is all about process, and I ended up working in that field over the summer before I graduated -- figured out that's not what I wanted to do," Imhoff said. "I ended up working in corporate America in a consulting job in Chicago."

Imhoff has a BA in Engineering and an MBA to go along with his MD. 

One standard Imhoff must meet is good bedside manner. 

"We tell our residents, when they come into training, nothing will wash you out of here, will get you asked faster to leave the program, than the patients don't like you," said Dr. Dennis Allin, Director of Emergency Medicine. "That's not tolerated here -- I don't care how much you know."

Imhoff looks forward to the challenges that come with being an ER doctor. Even in his old career he was focused on diagnosing and solving problems. Imhoff said he gets a lot of stimulation from the unpredictable nature of the cases he sees, from minor head injuries to patients who are real danger of dying.

"It's that variety that's interesting for me and brings me in every day, for sure," Imhoff said.

Omhoff's bio on the KU Med website says he and his wife have four boys between the ages of 5 and 10. They live in Leawood.


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