Fellowship Structure

EHC Operations and Strategy Track

EHC Financial Management Track

Preceptor Relationships

Program Components

Projects

Evaluation

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 seniorlevel 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 health care 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. 

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.

Financial Management Track One-Pager

Preceptor Relationships

Preceptors are chosen for the EHC Operations and Strategy Track based on demonstrated commitment to the fellowship and mutual interests of the fellow and the senior-level executive. During the first year of the Operations and Strategy Track, each fellow is assigned to a senior level executive who serves as his/her preceptor. In the second year of the program, the fellow is more involved in selecting the senior level executive who serves as his/her preceptor. The preceptor serves as the fellow's direct supervisor and provides professional guidance, mentorship and support during the 12-month rotation period.

Preceptors are more structured for the EHC Financial Management Track. The fellow’s first year is spent at The Emory Clinic. The first year is comprised 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 of the Financial Management Track is spent with the Chief Financial Officer of Emory Hospitals.

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 EHC and WHSC. By observing leaders, fellows gain an awareness of various 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.

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.

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 health care issues. In addition, fellows meet quarterly as a group with EHC’s Chief Human Resources Officer to discuss program design and post-fellowship opportunities.

Lunch ‘n’ Learns:

Fellows organize and facilitate monthly informational sessions with various members of WHSC and EHC leadership to discuss topics that affect the health care industry.

Projects

The fellow and his/her preceptor select assignments that are mutually beneficial to the fellow, the specific health care unit 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 in an outpatient physician practice setting, and in coordinating EHC's American Heart Association fundraising initiative. Examples of other projects include management of initiatives such as contract negotiations with outsourcing companies, 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.