Online MBA

Ambition brought Vida Almario Passero to the MBA program but passion inspired her to help others.


Earning an MBA had long been a goal for Vida Almario Passero, MD. But as a full-time doctor and a parent, her schedule was packed. Carlow and the flexibility available through online learning made it possible for her to graduate in two years.

"Carlow offers technology-based education, so I was able to do courses in a hybrid format. I could show up for class or meetings but also could go online for discussions or to meet with professors. It was wonderful," Passero says.

She studied in the evening, often staring class online after her kids were in bed.

"Two years of studying at night led to a time of self-reflection, and because of that time, I feel I am now a better leader at work," she says.

Her coursework with Enrique Mu, a Carlow business professor, attracted attention from industry. She presented a capstone project on the teleworking physician in London last August.

She continues to collaborate with Enrique Mu whom she described as a "wonderful mentor."

"My vision is to develop new innovative ways of creating health care. So we're using technology, but also bringing it back to doctors taking care of patients at the bedside," she says.

Passero envisions telecommunication being deployed to help housebound patients see doctors for consultations at home—not unlike the technology that allowed her to be with family while completing her online MBA.

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