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Administrative Fellowship Program

As one of the nation's leading academic medical centers, The University of Kansas Health System views teaching as an essential part of its mission and vision. Our administrative fellowship program is designed to provide emerging professionals with the practical skills and experience to prepare for the challenges of leadership in the healthcare industry.

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The 18-month program is designed to provide fellows with learning opportunities that include projects focused on strategic initiatives and the day-to-day operations of a nationally recognized health system. Throughout the program, fellows will serve in rotations in different departments and gain immersive experiences while being mentored by members of our senior leadership team.

Program overview

The University of Kansas Health System's administrative fellowship program is a leadership training program designed to:

  • Develop strong leaders for The University of Kansas Health System
  • Provide, in the form of well-prepared individuals, a contribution to the healthcare field, our health system and the pool of healthcare management talent
  • Expose individuals to the philosophy, mission and vision of the health system
  • Provide an opportunity for executives and managers to develop and apply coaching, learning and mentoring skills
  • Increase the health system's exposure to current management concepts and ideas from major academic institutions

Program structure

During the first 12 months of the program, fellows will rotate through various functional areas and participate in assigned projects based on the health system's needs and the fellows' knowledge, abilities and interests. Fellows will spend about 6 months focused on finance and strategy and 6 months on operations to ensure broad exposure. Fellows will also participate in committee meeting rotations, administrator on-call coverage, clinical rotations, leadership meeting attendance and facilitating lunch-and-learn sessions.

The final 6 months of the program allow for the fellows to be assigned to department- or division-level management and/or project ownership roles.

Throughout the course of the administrative fellowship program, fellows are expected to:

  • Take part in active, hands-on, substantive projects that foster development of verbal, interpersonal and analytical skills and allow for an opportunity to translate academic theory into practice
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the healthcare industry and the components of the organization
  • Communicate information effectively, using the appropriate level of judgment, accuracy and courtesy with internal and external constituents
  • Exhibit accuracy, attention to detail, consistency and ability to meet multiple deadlines in all work efforts
  • Demonstrate the ability to synthesize information and complete components of preliminary and final reports, including spreadsheets and financial analyses, as applicable
  • Exhibit a willingness to take on leadership and nonleadership roles and responsibilities
  • Possess effective management skills
  • Receive assessments like any other health system employee per their scope of practice

Senior executive sponsors

The administrative fellowship program's senior executive sponsors serve as the program's champions. The sponsors provide regular mentoring and ensure the fellows' participation in senior-level meetings and exposure to system-level operations.

The senior executive sponsors are:

System Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Doug Gaston.

Doug Gaston

System Senior Vice President, System Chief Financial Officer

Tammy Peterman, President of Kansas City Operations and System Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer.

Tammy Peterman

President of Kansas City Operations, System Executive Vice President, System Chief Operating Officer, System Chief Nursing Officer


The administrative fellowship program's preceptors serve as the program's directors. Preceptors meet with the fellows on a regular basis and provide feedback and guidance. Preceptors create and manage the program's structure, assign rotations and project work and serve as a liaison between senior leadership and the fellows.

Our preceptors are:

  • Collin Cooper, senior director of strategic finance
  • David Wild, MD, vice president of performance improvement

Salary and benefits

Fellows receive a salary competitive with other national administrative fellowship programs and are eligible for all benefits offered to full-time employees of The University of Kansas Health System, including, but not limited to, paid time off, medical, dental and vision insurance coverage and retirement planning.

Additionally, fellows will have access to funds to allow for the attendance of relevant conferences and meetings.

Application and selection

Master's-prepared individuals who will have completed the degree requirements for MHA/MHSA/MBA or equivalent graduate program(s) prior to July 1, 2020, are invited to apply to the program.

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Interested applicants should submit applications through National Administrative Fellowship Centralized Application Service (NAFCAS). Only completed applications will be considered. The following information is included in the application:

  • Cover letter
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement
  • Official graduate school academic records
  • 3 letters of recommendation

The selection timeline for the 2021-2022 class of fellows will be announced in summer 2020.

Become an administrative fellow

Do you have the desire to become one of the healthcare industry's leaders of tomorrow? Would you like to learn from leaders at one of the nation's best academic medical centers?

If so, apply for the administrative fellowship program at The University of Kansas Health System. Located in the thriving Kansas City metro area, the health system specializes in providing care for patients with the most serious and complex conditions.

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National Council on Administrative Fellowship

This administrative fellowship program is provided in collaboration with the National Council on Administrative Fellowship. NCAF is a not-for-profit organization that works with programs around the country to ensure high-quality healthcare leadership and improved health for all. NCAF members include some of the nation's most respected hospitals and health systems.

Contact us

If you have questions regarding The University of Kansas Health System's administrative fellowship program or the application process, contact one of the program's current or former fellows:

Halle Ponick, MHSA

University of Kansas Medical Center, 2019

Mackenzie Clyburn, MHA

Fellowship year: 2018-2019

Current role: Administrator, psychiatry and behavioral health

Joe Muiller, MHSA

Fellowship year: 2018-2019

Current role: Program manager, health system integration

Aaron Mulgrue, JD, MHA

Fellowship year: 2018-2019

Current role: Business operations manager, pathology and laboratory medicine

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