Administrative Fellowship Program

The Emory Healthcare (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.

Program Advantages

  • 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 by 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

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Fellowship Structure 

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 three weeks of the Program, fellows participate in informational interviews with each entity CEO, CFO, CMO, CQO, COO, and CNO, along with members of Emory Healthcare'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 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. 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 scheduled at the fellows' discretion.

Senior Leadership Meetings - Fellows meet quarterly with Emory Healthcare senior executives to discuss fellowship progress, professional development opportunities, and current healthcare issues.

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, participating in developing a departmental strategic plan, and integration of a new hospital system. 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.

Class of 2021-2023 Application Information

Applicants should have a Master's degree in Business Administration, Healthcare Administration, Public Health, Public Administration, Nursing Administration, or an equivalent degree program. Applicants must have earned their degree prior to starting the program, with the exception of programs that require a residency or fellowship. Prior work experience in healthcare, including internships, and demonstration of leadership through community involvement or professional associations is preferred.

Important Dates

Application Information

To be considered, qualified applicants must complete ALL the following steps:

Step 1 – Complete Candidate Profile

Complete a candidate profile and submit your resume through our website: https://non-clinical-emory.icims.com/jobs/55834/administrative-fellow/job, using Job Requisition ID: 55834

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 2 – Email Required Application Materials

Email ALL Required Application Materials outlined below to admin.fellowship@emoryhealthcare.org with subject line,
Last Name, First Name_2021 Administrative Fellowship Application”.

Materials should be sent in one email, with two separate PDF files:

1. Personal Statement PDF:

  • Personal Statement (One page or less limit, single-spaced) addressing the following:
    • What stimulated your interest in healthcare as a career?
    • Why are you interested in completed 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?

2. Required Materials PDF to include the following:

  1. 2021-2023 Administrative Fellowship Application Form
  2. Current Resume/CV
  3. Three Signed Letters of Recommendation
    • At least one should be from a current or former employer and one should be from a graduate school professor
    • Scanned copy if an electronic version is unavailable
    • Please address all letters to the Administrative Fellowship Selection Committee
  4. Graduate School Transcript
    • Scanned copy of official or unofficial transcript
  5. Undergraduate Transcript
    • Scanned copy of official or unofficial transcript

All Administrative Fellowship application materials listed will only be accepted as PDFs by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, September 27, 2020.

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, sec, sexual orientation, age, disability or service in the uniformed services is specifically prohibited.

Contact Us

Whitney Robinson
Program Manager, EHC Administrative Fellowship Program

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

Fellowship Information

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


2004-2006

Kelli Gress; The Ohio State University; Senior Administrator; Radiation Oncology; Johns Hopkins Medicine

Danny Lee; University of Michigan; Senior Learning & Development Consultant; Gallup Consulting 

Sonal Owings; University of Michigan; Vice President Customer Experience; Patientco


2005-2007

Laura Espy-Bell; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; System Medical Director, Clinical Guidance Councils; OhioHealth

Joseph John; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Vice President and Executive Administrator for Surgical Services; Emory Healthcare

Louis Simmons; The Ohio State University; Director of Practice Operations; Morehouse Healthcare


2006-2008

Nonyelum Nwuwa; University of Michigan; Assistant Administrator for Support Services; Kaiser Permanente Associate Administrator

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; Assistant Vice President Operations; Montefiore Health System

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

Sheryl Bluestein; Georgia State University; Vice President of Operations; Emory University Hospital Midtown


2008-2010

Lauren Collins; 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; Director of Market Operations; Iora Health

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


2009-2011

Craig Jaffe; Rush University; Senior Program Leader, Outcomes Delivery; GE Healthcare

Rebecca Migliaccio; University of Florida; Business Manager, Cardiac Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Cortie Thompson; Medical University of South Carolina; Director, Enterprise Business Strategy; AthenaHealth


2010-2012

Lauren Ford; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Director of Finance and Administration, Department of Otolaryngology; University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Caroline Williams; Medical University of South Carolina; Consulting Manager, Medical Consulting Group; Elliott Davis

Adam Tribbett; Saint Louis University; 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; Senior Customer Success Manager; AthenaHealth

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


2012-2014

Shannon Lauer; University of North Florida; Project Management Consultant; Emory Healthcare

Min Lee; Georgia State University; Vice President of Operations; Reading Hospital

Emily Middour; University of Colorado; Senior Vice President, Growth and Development; SCP Health

Jessica Tribbett; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Leader, Home Care; Well Care Health


2013-2015

Sara Sobczyk; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Senior Associate, Healthcare Executive Recruitment; Korn Ferry

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

Harry Kuo; Medical University of South Carolina; Director of Operations, Radiology; Beaumont Health

Natalie McWhorter; The University of Alabama at Birmingham; Administrator, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health; Emory University School of Medicine


2014-2016

Jennifer Goodman; Georgia State University; Director of Management Solutions; Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital

Connie Lee; University of Iowa; Associate, Medical Group; Huron Consulting Group

Tari Owi; Harvard University; Administrator, Department of Urology; Emory University School of Medicine


2015-2017

Troy Cotton; University of Kentucky; Manager of Community Relations; Emory University Hospital Midtown

Caroline Herion; University of Michigan; Associate; Faegre Drinker

Ameenay Khan; Emory University; Clinical Informatics Project Manager; Emory Healthcare

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


2016-2018

Joseph Abdallah; Emory University; Senior Business Manager of Perioperative Services; Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital

Libby Bollier; The University of Alabama at Birmingham; Inpatient Medical Services Manager; UAB Medicine

Sara Thompson; University of Georgia; Manager, Financial and Clinical Operations; Family Care Partners


2017-2019

Alex Cardoso; University of Florida; Business Manager, Finance; Emory Decatur Hospital

Tristan Moorman; University of Kentucky; Senior Manager, Business Operations, Access and Transfer Service; Emory Healthcare

Greg Schultz; The University of Alabama at Birmingham; Manager, Financial Operations; Surgical Care Affiliates


2018-2020

Natalie Boruk; University of Florida; Business Manager; Emory Employer Health Solutions

Bailey Brock; University of Alabama; Business Manager; Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital

Carson Cleveland; The University of Alabama at Birmingham; Nashville, Tennessee

Andrew David; The University of Alabama at Birmingham; Financial Analyst, TEC Orthopedics; Emory Healthcare


2019-2021

Kevin Heckle; The Ohio State University; Second Year Fellow; Emory Healthcare

Edward Lai; Boston University; Second Year Fellow; Emory Healthcare

Anna Raspino; The University of Alabama at Birmingham; Second Year Fellow; Emory Healthcare

Emily Town; University of Illinois at Chicago; Second Year Fellow; Emory Healthcare


2020-2022

Brock Jarnagin; Rush University; First Year Fellow; Emory Healthcare

Emily Twa; Emory University; First Year Fellow; Emory Healthcare

Aileen Zhao; University of Michigan; First Year Fellow; Emory Healthcare

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."


William A. Bornstein, MD, Ph.D., 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."