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Administrative Fellowship Program

As one of the nation's leading academic medical centers, teaching is core to The University of Kansas Health System’s mission and vision. We offer an Administrative Fellowship Program that provides emerging leaders with practical skills and experience to prepare you for the challenges of healthcare leadership.

The 18-month curriculum offers system-level learning with projects focused on the health system's strategic initiatives. Additionally, you will gain understanding in daily operations during rotations and immersive experiences, with mentoring by our senior leaders.

Program overview

The Administrative Fellowship Program is an 18-month leadership training course that:

  • Develops strong leaders for The University of Kansas Health System
  • Prepares individuals to contribute to healthcare overall, our health system and the pool of healthcare management talent
  • Introduces individuals to the philosophy, mission and vision of the health system
  • Provides an opportunity for executives and managers to develop and apply coaching, learning and mentoring skills
  • Increases the health system’s exposure to current management concepts and ideas from other major academic institutions

Program structure

As a first-year fellow, you will rotate through various functional areas of the health system, taking on projects based on organizational needs and your knowledge, abilities and interests. To ensure you receive broad exposure, you’ll spend 6 months concentrating on finance and strategy and 6 months focusing on operations. You will also participate in committee meetings, administrator on-call coverage, clinical rotations, leadership meetings and facilitate lunch-and-learn sessions.

During the program’s final 6 months, we assign you to a department/division level management role and/or project ownership. We offer this transition in anticipation of a permanent position.

Throughout the program, you will be 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 an ability to meet multiple deadlines in all work efforts
  • Show 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 other roles and responsibilities
  • Possess effective management skills
  • Receive assessments like any other employee of the health system per their scope of practice

Senior executive sponsors

Senior executive sponsors champion our program, providing mentoring and ensuring your participation in senior level meetings and exposure to system-level operations.

Our senior executive sponsors are:

System Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Doug Gaston.

Doug Gaston

Senior vice president and 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, Kansas City operations, executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer


Preceptors direct the program, meeting with you regularly and providing feedback and guidance. Preceptors create and manage our program’s structure, assign rotations and project work, and serve as a liaison between fellows and senior leaders.

Our preceptors are:

  • Collin Cooper, MHSA, director, strategic business planning
  • David Wild, MD, vice president, process improvement

Salary and benefits

We offer a salary competitive with other national administrative fellowship programs and you will also be eligible for all health system employee benefits. This includes, but is not limited to, paid time off, medical, dental and vision insurance and retirement.

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National Council on Administrative Fellowship

The 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.

Application and selection

If you have completed the degree requirements for MHA, MHSA, MBA or equivalent graduate program(s) prior to July 1, 2022, you may apply to the program.

Apply Now

You may submit an application through National Administrative Fellowship Centralized Application Service by October 1, 2021. We will only consider completed applications. Applications must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement and essay response
  • Official Graduate School Academic Records
  • 3 letters of recommendation

The timeline for the 2022 class selection includes:

  • Application opens: June 10, 2021
  • Application deadline: October 1, 2021
  • Telephone interviews conducted: Early October 2021
  • On-site interviews conducted: October 18-19, 2021
  • Offers extended: Following NAFCAST timeline
  • Employment begins: Summer 2022

Contact us

To learn more about The University of Kansas Health System’s Administrative Fellowship Program or application process, contact one of our current fellows:

Claire Poague, MHSA, MSN, RN

University of Kansas Medical Center, 2020-2021

Shailee Smith, MHA

Saint Louis University, 2020-2021

Tony Torres, MHA, MBA

Idaho State University, 2020-2021

Program alumni

Mackenzie Clyburn, MHA

Fellowship year: 2018-2019

Ambulatory business administrator, internal medicine

Joe Muiller, MHSA

Fellowship year: 2018-2019

Program manager, enterprise initiatives

Aaron Mulgrue, JD, MHA

Fellowship year: 2018-2019

Business operations manager, pathology and laboratory medicine

Halle Ponick, MHSA

Fellowship year: 2019-2020

Operations manager, strategic healthcare solutions

We are an equal employment opportunity employer without regard to a person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, ancestry, age (40 or older), disability, veteran status or genetic information.

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