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Administrative Fellowship Program

Creating future leaders

Artist's rendering of the future Cambridge North Tower at The University of Kansas Hospital.As one of the nation's leading academic medical centers, teaching is an essential part of The University of Kansas Health System's 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.

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

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, the health system specializes in providing care for patients with the most serious and complex conditions.

Questions?

Our current administrative fellows are available to answer questions you may have about the program.

The University of Kansas Health System's Administrative Fellowship Program is a leadership training program, and is 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 fellow's knowledge, abilities and interests. Fellows will spend roughly 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 allows for the fellows to be assigned to department/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 judgement, 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 fellow's participation in senior level meetings and exposure to system-level operations.

The senior executive sponsors are:

Doug Gaston   Doug Gaston
 System Senior Vice President, System Chief Financial Officer
Tammy Peterman   Tammy Peterman
 President of Kansas City Operations, System Executive Vice President, System Chief Operating Officer, System Chief Nursing Officer

Preceptors

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, Director of Strategic Business Planning
  • Brian Dolan, Senior Director of Supply Chain Management

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, vision insurance coverage and retirement.

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.

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, 2019, are invited to apply to the program.

APPLY NOW

Interested applicants should submit applications through National Administrative Fellowship Centralized Application Service (NAFCAS) by October 1, 2018. 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 2019 class of fellows consists of the following phases:

  • Application deadline: October 1, 2018

  • Telephone interviews conducted: October 8-12, 2018

  • Onsite interviews conducted: October 22-November 2, 2018

  • Offers extended: November 12, 2018

  • Employment begins: July 1, 2019

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 fellows: