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Administrative Fellowship Program

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 and 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:

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 Division, executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer

Learn more about Tammy


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 business planning
  • 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) prior to July 1, 2024, you may apply to the program. Programs that require a residency or fellowship to earn their degree are permissible.

Apply Now

Interested applicants may apply directly with The University of Kansas Health System or submit an application through National Administrative Fellowship Centralized Application Service (NAFCAS) by September 29, 2023. 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 hosted by current administrative fellows via Microsoft Teams on the dates indicated below. Please sign up using the following link and you will receive an invite to the event.


  • Friday July 28, 2023, noon CDT
  • Friday August 18, 2023, noon CDT
  • Friday September 1, 2023, noon CDT

Timeline for the 2023 class selection includes:

  • Application opens: June 8, 2023
  • Application deadline: September 29, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Telephone interviews: October 3-6, 2023
  • On-site interviews: October 18-19, 2023
  • Offers extended: Following NAFCAS timeline
  • Employment begins: Summer 2024
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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.

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:

Administrative Fellows

Sabah Alfatal, MHA

Saint Louis University

Samantha Arledge, MHA

Saint Louis University

Yonathan Hailé, MHSA

Xavier University

Beck Thomas, MHA

University of Memphis

Adriana Velarde, MHA

University of Illinois Chicago

Senior Administrative Fellows

Megan Berst, MHA

Fellowship year: 2022-2023

The University of Iowa

Justin Harley, MBA

Fellowship year: 2022-2023

Emporia State University

Zachary S. Hilbig, MHSA

Fellowship year: 2022-2023

University of Kansas Medical Center

Sohil Swaminathan, MHA

Fellowship year: 2022-2023

Saint Louis University

Alumni Administrative Fellows

Jamie Kendrick, MBA

Fellowship year: 2021-2022

Baker University

Business Development manager, Infusion Services

Kelsey O’Sullivan, MHSA, MBA

Fellowship year: 2021-2022

Xavier University

Supply Chain Business Operations project manager

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

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

Associate 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

Assistant director, Business Operations – The University of Kansas Health System

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