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Administrative Fellowship Program

Thank you for your interest in our fellowship program. The next expected fellowship recruitment cycle will begin in 2025 with an anticipated start date of summer 2026. Please check back on our webpage for updates.

As one of the nation's leading health systems, 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 program 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

  • Develops strong leaders in healthcare through a wide variety of experiences and project work
  • Introduces you to the philosophy, mission and vision of the health system
  • Provides an opportunity for executives and managers to apply coaching, learning and mentoring skills
  • Analyzes the decision-making process at different levels of the organization

Program structure

During the first 12 months administrative fellows rotate through various functional areas and participate in projects based on the health system’s needs and the fellow’s knowledge, abilities and interests. To ensure broad exposure, fellows will spend roughly 3 months in each of the following rotations: Strategy and Finance, Hospital Operations, Health Professions, Ambulatory Operations, and Clinical Services. During rotations, fellows participate in committee meetings, clinical rotations, lean training and attend leadership meetings.

During the final 6 months, administrative fellows transition to the senior administrative fellow role, where they specialize in department/division level management that may include interim leadership roles, program development, project ownership and other responsibilities with meaningful accountability.

Throughout the fellowship, you will be expected to:

  • Take part in 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
  • Show the ability to synthesize information and complete components of preliminary and final reports, including spreadsheets and financial analyses
  • Exhibit a willingness to take on leadership roles and responsibilities
  • Demonstrate effective management skills

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:

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

Tammy Peterman

President, Kansas City Division, executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer

Learn more about Tammy
System Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Doug Gaston.

Doug Gaston

Senior vice president and chief financial 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, senior director, strategic finance
  • Jeff Novorr, vice president, hospitality services

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.

Application and selection

If you have completed the degree requirements from accredited schools for MHA, MHSA, MBA or equivalent graduate program(s) before the fellowship's start date, you may apply to the program. Programs that require a residency or fellowship to earn their degree are permissible.

Interested applicants may apply directly with The University of Kansas Health System. 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

Informational webinar dates and times

Webinars will be posted closer to application. Webinars are hosted by current administrative fellows via Microsoft Teams.

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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:

Senior Administrative Fellows

Sabah Alfatal, MHA

Fellowship year: 2023-2025

Saint Louis University

Samantha Arledge, MHA

Fellowship year: 2023-2025

Saint Louis University

Adriana Velarde, MHA

Fellowship year: 2023-2025

University of Illinois Chicago

Alumni Administrative Fellows

Megan Berst, MHA

Fellowship year: 2022-2023

The University of Iowa

Continuous improvement leader – University Health KC

Justin Harley, MBA

Fellowship year: 2022-2023

Emporia State University

Consignment analyst, Spend Management – The University of Kansas Health System

Zachary S. Hilbig, MHSA

Fellowship year: 2022-2023

University of Kansas Medical Center

Ambulatory operations technical project manager – The University of Kansas Health System

Sohil Swaminathan, MHA

Fellowship year: 2022-2023

Saint Louis University

Consultant, Strategic Integration - Ascension

Jamie Kendrick, MBA

Fellowship year: 2021-2022

Baker University

Business development manager, Infusion Services – The University of Kansas Health System

Kelsey O’Sullivan, MHSA, MBA

Fellowship year: 2021-2022

Xavier University

Value analyst, Spend Management – The University of Kansas Health System

Mackenzie Parker, MHA, MBA

Fellowship year: 2021-2022

University of Missouri

Associate consultant – Kaufman Hall

Claire Poague, MHSA, MSN, RN

Fellowship year: 2020-2021

University of Kansas Medical Center

Safety/risk manager – University Health KC

Shailee Smith, MHA

Fellowship year: 2020-2021

Saint Louis University

Senior Consultant – Plante Moran

Tony Torres, MHA, MBA

Fellowship year: 2020-2021

Idaho State University

Market assistant chief executive officer – Community Health Systems

Halle Ponick, MHSA

Fellowship year: 2019-2020

University of Kansas Medical Center

Director of Joint Venture Operations – Baylor Scott & White Health

Mackenzie Clyburn, MHA

Fellowship year: 2018-2019

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Vice president, Hospital Operations – Baptist Health

Joe Muiller, MHSA

Fellowship year: 2018-2019

University of Kansas Medical Center

Program manager, Enterprise Initiatives – The University of Kansas Health System

Aaron Mulgrue, JD, MHA

Fellowship year: 2018-2019

Saint Louis University

Senior administrator, Emergency Physicians – The University of Kansas Health System

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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