Administrative Fellowship Program

The EHC Administrative Fellowship Program is a two-year, full-time paid position that provides future healthcare executives with opportunities to gain an in-depth understanding of hospital and clinic based healthcare operations in an academic medical center environment. Fellows take part in hands-on, operationally and financially focused projects and participate in various leadership activities that nurture professional growth. Furthermore, fellows are exposed to high-level strategic planning and other health system functions, including marketing, human resources, and information technology.

The advantages of participating in the Administrative Fellowship Program include, but are not limited to:
  • Direct reporting relationship to a Chief Executive Officer, a Chief Financial Officer or a member of the senior leadership team who, in collaboration with the fellow, will develop plans for the duration of the fellowship, as well as for their career
  • Opportunities to observe system-level executives at meetings and retreats throughout the fellowship
  • Opportunities for developing and enhancing leadership skills in personnel and project management
  • Opportunities to develop technical skills through working with clinical or financial databases and systems

"As an academic health system, it is our responsibility to help train, educate and groom our health care leaders of the future. The Emory Healthcare Administrative Fellowship Program is beneficial to both the participants and the individuals within our organization. It provides a remarkable opportunity for students graduating from prestigious graduate programs to gain real-life exposure to and experience in hospital administration. And we benefit from the fresh, unique perspectives the fellows bring to the work they do. Our past participants have continued to grow and achieve great success in their careers and have, most certainly, left a positive impression on the people and programs at Emory Healthcare. "—Dane Peterson, Emory Healthcare Hospital Group President

Informational Program Links

Fellowship Structure

EHC Operations and Strategy Track

Individuals that have an interest in multiple areas within health care are encouraged to complete the Administrative Fellowship’s operations and strategy track. The operations and strategy track provides candidates with the opportunity to develop their ideal experience within operational and/or corporate areas.

During the first year of the Fellowship Program, each operations and strategy track fellow is assigned a senior level executive who serves as his or her preceptor. This assignment is based on the fellows’ interests and the availability of the preceptors. In the second year of the Program, the operations and strategy track fellow is involved in selecting the senior-level executive who serves as his or her preceptor. This selection is based on the relationships the fellows develop during their first year, the fellows’ interests and needs, and the interest and availability of the executives.

Preceptors are chosen for the Program based on their demonstrated commitment to the Fellowship and mutual interests of the fellows and senior-level executives. The preceptor serves as the fellow’s direct supervisor and provides professional guidance, mentorship and support during the 12-month rotation.

EHC Financial Management Track

Individuals interested in healthcare finance are encouraged to complete the financial management concentration of the Administrative Fellowship. The ideal candidate for this two-year track either has a master's degree in business administration or has an undergraduate degree in business with a concentration in finance or accounting in addition to a master’s degree in health care administration or business administration. The Financial Management Track allows the fellow to participate in structured rotations within The Emory Clinic and Emory Hospitals.

The Fellow's first year preceptors are in The Emory Clinic and consist of six months with the Director of Revenue Management in Patient Financial Services and six months in the office of the Chief Financial Officer. The second year is spent with the Chief Financial Officer of Emory Hospitals or Director of Revenue Cycle for the System.

Training and projects completed during the two years contribute to a strong understanding of registration, scheduling, billing, accounts receivable management, revenue cycle operations, budgeting and financial analysis in physician practice and hospital settings. Upon completion of the Program, the fellow will have the knowledge and experience necessary to perform at a high level in a key financial role within EHC.

Preceptor Relationships

Preceptors are chosen for the Fellowship Program based on their demonstrated commitment to the Fellowship. Fellows are able to select preceptors based on their areas of interest and preferred work environment. Preceptors can either be entity-based or system-level executives. The preceptor serves as the fellow’s mentor and offers professional guidance and support during each rotation.

Program Components

Orientation – During the first month of the Program, fellows participate in informational interviews with members of EHC’s senior leadership team.

Committee Meeting Rotations – Fellows rotate among key committees to gain a broad background and understanding of Emory Healthcare and the Woodruff Health Sciences Center. By observing leaders, fellows gain awareness of variosu decision-making processes and challenges facing today's executives.

Administrator On-call – Fellows are added to the Administrator On-Call schedule where they are paired with an EHC Administrator who provides guidance while the fellow serves as the primary, 24-hour administrative contact for Emory Hospitals during their scheduled rotation. Rotations last for a week at a time, every 8-12 weeks.

Clinical Rotations – Fellows have the opportunity to rotate through various clinical departments within the hospitals and clinics at EHC. The clinical rotations are intended to give fellows exposure to working with physicians, nurses and other clinical staff, as well as an opportunity to observe frontline procedures and patient care. These are shceduled at the fellows' discretion.

Senior Leadership Meetings – Fellows meet quarterly, as a group, with EHC’s President & Chief Executive Officer to discuss fellowship progress, professional development opportunities, and current healthcare issues. In addition, fellows meet quarterly as a group with EHC’s Chief Human Resources Officer to discuss program design and post-fellowship opportunities.

Projects – The fellow and his/her preceptor select assignments that are mutually beneficial to the fellow, the specific healthcare entity and the health system. Past projects include leading a major human resources and payroll systems conversion, creating a business plan for a service-line expansion and participating in developing a departmental strategic plan. Fellows also have participated in designing new clinical operations models, and in coordinating EHC's American Heart Association fundraising initiative - The Metro Atlanta Heart Walk. Examples of other projects include management of initiatives such as contract negotiations, impact analysis of a physician order entry system on operations and referral analyses. Fellows also assume interim supervisory roles as needed.

Evaluation – Fellows will be officially evaluated by their preceptors in January and June of each year using Performance Advantage. Performance Advantage is a system-wide process used for planning, developing, coaching, providing feedback and evaluating contributions and performance.

Application Process

Class of 2018-2020 Application Process

To be considered for the Emory Healthcare Administrative Fellowship Program, applicants must be master's-level graduates in healthcare administration, business administration, public health, nursing administration or an equivalent degree program.

Important Dates
  • September 18: Application Deadline
  • October 24: Finance On-site Interviews
  • October 25: Ops & Strategy On-site Interviews
  • October 27: Extend Offers
  • Program Start Date: June 2018 (Class of 2018 – 2020)
Application Process

To be considered, you must complete the following steps:

Step One: Complete a candidate profile and submit your resume through our website, using Job Requisition ID: 73406BR. Please note: Within the online application’s “Education” section, candidates are asked to complete the “Date Earned” portion with the date of their graduation. Candidates enrolled in graduate programs requiring a fellowship for graduation should list the completion date of didactic coursework.

Step Two: Email the Required Application Materials outlined below and listed in the 2018–2020 Administrative Fellowship Application Form to careers@emoryhealthcare.org.

Both steps must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 18, 2017 to be considered.

Required Application Materials

The Administrative Fellowship application materials listed will only be accepted as PDFs by 11:59 p.m. on September 18, 2017.

  • 2018–2020 Administrative Fellowship Application Form
  • Current Resume
  • One-page Personal Statement (Address the following in a one-page or less, single spaced personal statement)
    • What stimulated your interest in healthcare as a career?
    • Why are you interested in completing an administrative fellowship at Emory Healthcare?
    • What are your post-fellowship career goals and how will an Emory Healthcare Administrative Fellowship help you achieve these goals?
  • Three Signed Letters of Recommendation (Scanned copy if electronic version is unavailable. Please address to the Administrative Fellowship Selection Committee.)
  • Official Graduate School Transcript (Scanned copy of official transcript.)
  • Undergraduate Transcript (Scanned copy of official or unofficial transcript.)

In accordance with EEOC guidelines, Emory Healthcare is committed to equal opportunity in employment and education. Discrimination against any individual for reasons of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or service in the uniformed services is specifically prohibited.

Current & Past Fellows

Please see the below list of past fellows with their fellowship years, name, graduate school, current position and organization.

2004-2006
Kelli Gress; Ohio State University; Administrator, Clinical Operations at Emory Healthcare Radiation Oncology; Emory Healthcare

Danny Lee; University of Michigan; Principal Consultant; Gallup Consulting - Healthcare Practice

Sonal Owings; University of Michigan; Director of Hospital Implementations; Athenahealth

2005-2007
Laura Espy; University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Emergency Medicine Resident, Ohio State University Medical Center

Joseph John; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; VP Operations, The Emory Clinic & Assistant Dean Administration, Woodruff Health Sciences Center

Louis Simmons; Ohio State University; Senior Clinical Business Manager & Lead Administrator, Grady Operations; Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University

2006-2008
Nonyelum Agu; University of Michigan; Associate Administrator; Alta Hospitals System

Rich Horlacher; University of Colorado; Financial Services Professional; MassMutual Intermountain West 

Nicholl Lewis; Emory University; Regional Practice Administrator; Meridian Health

2007-2009
Raven Carter; Tulane University; Managing Director; Planned Parenthood Federation of America 

Josh Hesley; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Manager; Deloitte Consulting LLP

Sheryl Bluestein; Georgia State University; Associate Administrator; EUHM 

2008-2010
Lauren Brummett; Washington University in St. Louis; Director of Finance and Administration Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Duriel Garner; University of South Carolina; Regional Operation Director; DaVita Kidney Care

Shannon Kowall; Georgia State University; Senior Manager, Business Development; Emory Healthcare

2009-2011
Craig Jaffe; Rush University; Consultant; Slalom Consulting

Rebecca Migliaccio; University of Florida; Executive Director of Practice Operations; RMA at Jefferson and RMA of Central Pennsylvania at PinnacleHealth

Cortie Thompson; Medical University of South Carolina; Senior Manager, Solution Design; Athenahealth 

2010-2012
Lauren Ford; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Operations Manager, Patient Flow Center; Emory University Hospital

Caroline Williams; Medical University of South Carolina; Consulting Manager; Elliot Davis

Adam Tribbett; Saint Louis University; Director, Corporate Director of Medical Staff Services; Emory Healthcare 

2011-2013
Gavin McBrearity; Medical University of South Carolina; Consultant; Subsidium Healthcare

Caitlin Motley Derr; Pennsylvania State University; Administrative Director, EUH Patient Care Services; Emory University Hospital

Shelley Rosmarin; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Senior Consultant; ECG Management Consultants 

2012-2014
Shannon Lauer; University of North Florida; Business Analyst, Project Management Office; Emory Healthcare

Emily Pugh; University of Colorado; Senior Consultant; Subsidium Healthcare

Jessica Tribbett; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; CEO; Cornerstone Medical Center 

2013-2015
Sara Feistritzer; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Administrator, Clinic Operations; Emory Healthcare

Hannah Henry; Georgia College and State University; Vice President of Operations; Emory Johns Creek Hospital

Harry Kuo; Medical University of South Carolina; Business Manager, Department of Emergency Medicine, Beaumont Medical Group; Beaumont Health System

Natalie McWhorter; The University of Alabama at Birmingham; Manager, Financial Analysis & Planning; Emory Healthcare 

2014-2016
Jennifer Goodman; Georgia State University; Senior Manager of Business Operations; Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

Connie Lee; University of Iowa; Manager of Business Operations, Cardiology; Emory Healthcare

Tari Owi; Harvard School of Public Health; Coordinator of Operations and Planning, Brain Health Initiative; Emory Healthcare

2015-2017
Troy Cotton; University of Kentucky; Senior Business Manager, Radiology; Emory University Hospital Midtown

Caroline Herion; University of Michigan; Woodruff Fellow; Emory University School of Law

Ameenay Khan; Emory University; Senior Application Analyst; Emory Healthcare

Hannah Norton; The University of Alabama at Birmingham; Senior Business Manager, Nursing Administration; Emory University Hospital Midtown

2016-2018
Joseph Abdallah; Emory University; Second Year Fellow - Operations & Strategy Track; Emory Healthcare

Libby Bollier; The University of Alabama at Birmingham; Second Year Fellow - Operations & Strategy Track; Emory Healthcare

Sara Thompson; University of Georgia; Second Year Fellow - Financial Management Track; Emory Healthcare

2017-2018
Alex Cardoso; University of Florida; First Year Fellow – Financial Management Track; Emory Healthcare

Tristan Moorman; University of Kentucky; First Year Fellow- Operations & Strategy Track; Emory Healthcare

Greg Schultz; The University of Alabama at Birmingham; First Year Fellow - Operations & Strategy Track; Emory Healthcare 

Testimonials

Mary Beth Allen, Chief Human Resources Officer, Emory Healthcare
"Administrative fellows at Emory Healthcare experience personal involvement in every level of an exceptional academic medical center. Opportunities range from daily clinical operations to senior-level strategic planning, all of which help Emory fellows establish an incredible foundation on which to build their skills as future healthcare leaders."

Bob Bachman, Executive Director for Expansion/Renovation, Emory University Hospital
“One of the most appealing advantages is fellows are in a comprehensive system that offers a full array of services from primary care to quaternary care, inpatient to outpatient services, pediatric to geriatric services and much more.”

William A. Bornstein, MD, PhD, Chief Quality and Medical Officer, Emory Healthcare
"The Emory Healthcare Administrative Fellowship Program provides an incomparable opportunity for fellows to get hands on leadership experience in a complex, integrated delivery system and top tier academic medical center. A major part of the learning is achieved through doing projects, which contribute immensely to the professional development of the fellow and to the quality of care we deliver."

Donald Brunn, Senior Vice President, Network Development, Emory Healthcare
“The experience helps each fellow make a better career choice for the all-important "first job" decision.”

Patrick Hammond, Chief Executive Officer, Emory Healthcare Network and Chief Market Services Officer, Emory Healthcare
"As a 14-year employee of Emory Healthcare, I have personally experienced the value of Emory Healthcare's Administrative Fellowship Program both as a young graduate with little to no work experience and as a hiring executive director. I started my health care career as an administrative resident at Emory Crawford Long Hospital. That experience continues to be a tremendous asset to me today because it provided broad exposure to all aspects of the health care delivery system that only an integrated delivery system like Emory Healthcare can provide."

Dan Owens, Chief Executive Officer, Emory University Hospital Midtown
“The Emory Healthcare Fellowship Program is a very unique opportunity for someone interested in experiencing health care from every aspect. Because Emory Healthcare is a large academic health system, each fellow is afforded the opportunity to rotate and experience health care in a dynamic and intimate way with a dedicated mentor. If you are truly interested in growing a career in health care, the Emory Healthcare Fellowship Program should be at the top of your list."

Contact Us 

Caitlin Motley Derr
Program Manager, EHC Administrative Fellowship Program

For further inquiry about the Emory Healthcare Administrative Fellowship Program, please email us at admin.fellowship@emoryhealthcare.org.