Thomas Alfreda, Jr., DO has a thriving practice as an internist as part of Internal Medicine Specialists along with being the team physician for the Las Vegas Wranglers hockey team and appearing on television shows including as a guest on “Dr. Oz.” As a teenager, Dr. Alfreda liked to watch the television medical drama, “St. Elsewhere” with an affinity for the unorthodox character played by Howie Mandel, especially since the character wore a baseball jersey to the hospital.
According to Dr. Alfreda, the show was one reason why he decided to pursue medicine. He has a degree in osteopathic medicine and post baccalaureate degree in biomedical sciences from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Erie, Penn. and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.
He was first diverted from his path to becoming a doctor. “I was attending college as pre-med and every doctor I met hated being a doctor. All of them recommended I do something other than medicine such as running a hospital or starting my own business.” He applied for business school, obtained his M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix with an emphasis in health care and worked in middle management. Still, he had a strong desire to become a doctor and eventually completed his medical education and training.
Dr. Alfreda explained, “My M.B.A. has helped me tremendously. Most physicians get their medical degrees first and then learn how to run a practice. I had prior knowledge before starting my own practice. I am more cost conscience which benefits the patient. By being cost-effective, whether it is hard copy records versus electronic records, patients’ medications and how to treat a patient, I can keep costs down and I pass that on to the patients.”
According to Dr. Alfreda, obtaining his M.B.A. helped him improve the quality of his thinking processes. He believes that students obtaining a bachelor’s degree will focus more on the major and passing courses. He believes pursuing a higher education helps with critical thinking, handling adversity and understanding effective methods.
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