UH CMC and Rainbow/MacDonald Administrative Fellowship

One-Year Fellowship Offers In-Depth Experience in Health Care Administration

The University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center/UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital/UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital Administrative Fellowship is a one-year, project-based program that targets Master’s candidates and recent Master’s level graduates in health care administration, business administration, public health and nursing administration. The program provides future health care executives with opportunities to gain an in-depth understanding of corporate, hospital and clinical-based health care operations within a complex academic health system. Fellows gain hands-on experience by taking part in an array of projects across the health system and have opportunities to nurture their professional growth by participating in a variety of leadership activities.

There are many advantages to participating in the Administrative Fellowship program, but most importantly, the fellowship provides:

  • A direct reporting relationship to a member of the senior leadership team who will work with the fellow to develop both fellowship and career goals
  • Opportunities to observe executive leadership at the highest level of the organization
  • Opportunities for developing and enhancing leadership and project management skills

Program Components

The Administrative Fellowship at UH Cleveland Medical Center comprises the following:

  • Orientation: During the first month of the program, the fellow participates in informational interviews with members of the senior leadership teams at UH Cleveland Medical Center, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital.
  • Committee Meeting Rotations: The fellow rotates among key committees to gain a broad background and understanding of University Hospitals. By observing leaders, the fellow gains an awareness of various decision-making processes and challenges facing today’s executives.
  • Clinical Rotations: The fellow has the opportunity to rotate through various clinical departments within UH Cleveland Medical Center, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital. The clinical rotations are intended to give fellows exposure to working with physicians, nurses and other clinical staff, as well as an opportunity to observe front-line procedures and patient care.
  • Senior Leadership Meetings: The fellow meets quarterly with the chief operating officer of UH Cleveland Medical Center and president of UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital/UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital to discuss fellowship progress, professional development opportunities and current health care issues. The fellow also attends quarterly System Leadership meetings and regular Senior Leadership Meetings.
  • Lunch and Learns: The fellow organizes and facilitates monthly informational sessions with various members of UH leadership to discuss topics that affect the health care industry.

Project-Based Work

Project-based work comprises a major portion of the Administrative Fellowship program. Potential project focuses may include:

  • Operations improvement
  • Business planning
  • Strategic and program planning
  • Interim management opportunities
  • System-wide strategic initiatives
  • Leadership development

The fellow and his or her preceptor select assignments that are mutually beneficial to the fellow, the specific health care unit and the health system.

Application and Supporting Documentation

To be considered for the Administrative Fellowship program, applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Current resume
  • Official graduate school transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation 1) professional 2) academic
  • Personal statement- prepare a personal statement that addresses the following questions in 1000 words of less:
    1. What stimulated your interest in healthcare?
    2. Given that you have completed a master’s degree and are fully qualified for many positions in the healthcare industry, what do you hope to gain from the UH fellowship that you could not gain from other career opportunities?
    3. What is something about you that makes you unique or that you would otherwise like us to know about yourself?

Important Dates

Applicants should be mindful of the following dates:

  • Application acceptance deadline: Oct. 3, 2016
  • Final selection: November 14, 2016
  • Fellowship start date: June/July 2017 (negotiable)

Applications and all supporting documentation must be submitted by October 3, 2016. Incomplete applications and those received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Please submit all application materials through NAFCAS portal.

After review of all submitted materials, a select number of applicants will be contacted for telephone interviews. Upon completion of telephone interviews, top applicants will be invited onsite to Cleveland for second interviews.

Compensation and Benefits

The compensation University Hospitals provides to the Administrative Fellow is competitive with other fellowship programs both within UH and around the U.S. The benefits package offered to our fellows is the same benefits package that we offer to UH full-time employees, and it includes health benefits, retirement savings contribution, and paid time off (PTO) accumulation. There are also other various benefits that the fellows can choose to enroll in through our benefits department. In conjunction with the salary and benefits, each fellow is allowed to travel (and be reimbursed) to one health care-related conference during their 12-month program. This conference is to be pre-approved with the fellowship preceptor prior to attendance.

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