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 in-depth understanding of corporate, hospital and clinically-based health care operations within a complex academic health system. Fellows gain hands-on experience through participation in an array of relevant projects across the health system and are given opportunities to nurture their professional growth by taking part 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 provide fellows with experience in 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 the President of UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital/UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital to discuss their progress, professional development opportunities and current health care issues. The fellow also attends the regular system leadership meetings, held quarterly.
  • 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 is a major portion of the Administrative Fellowship program. Potential projects may focus on:

  • 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 healthcare 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 (one professional and one academic)
  • A personal statement that addresses the following questions in 1000 words or less:
    1. What stimulates your interest in healthcare today?
    2. What are the top three takeaways you’d like to gain from this fellowship experience?
    3. Describe what makes you unique or something about yourself that you would like us to know.

Important Dates

Applicants should be mindful of the following dates:

  • Application deadline: Oct. 2, 2017
  • Final selection: November 13, 2017
  • Fellowship start date: June/July 2018 (negotiable)

Applications and all supporting documentation must be submitted by October 2, 2017. Incomplete applications and those received after the deadline will not be accepted.

All application materials must be submitted through the NAFCAS portal. Emailed applications will not be accepted.

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 to Cleveland for onsite interviews.

Compensation and Benefits

The benefits package University Hospitals provides to the Administrative Fellow is the same as that offered to full time UH employees and is competitive with other fellowship programs within UH and around the country. It includes health benefits; retirement savings contribution; paid time off (PTO) accumulation; and, various other optional benefits in which fellows may choose to enroll. In addition, each fellow may travel to one health care-related conference during their 12-month program. Fellows will be reimbursed for conference and travel-related expenses but the program must be pre-approved by the fellowship preceptor prior to attendance.

Contact Information

For any questions relating to the fellowship position, please contact Sara Matott at .

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