Program Objective

Attract, position, develop, and advance talent for management and leadership roles.

Program Description

Emory Healthcare’s Management Development Program seeks to attract, retain and grow talent for potential management and leadership positions. Within three to five years, depending on the individual’s ability to demonstrate the mastery of core competencies, participants will progress through the three phases, resulting in the opportunity to fill a permanent leadership position upon completion of the program. Participants have the opportunity to join an emerging leader network group, learn from mentors & executive leaders, and participate in continuing professional development.

Within three to five years, depending on the individual’s ability to demonstrate the mastery of core competencies, each candidate will progress through the three phases below, resulting in the opportunity to fulfill a permanent leadership position.

Placement Process

Participants are placed in full-time roles according to their interests and organizational need. The Office of Development Programs works closely with MDP participants and leaders to ensure mutually agreeable and beneficial matches.


Relationship Management
Analytical Ability
Industry Knowledge
Reporting/Data Management
Technical Knowledge


Participants work toward mastering a set of core competencies divided into 3 phases, with 2 levels in each phase. Advancement to the next level is based on Rater Reliability Sessions where MDP leaders, sponsors, management, and Emory Clinic executives discuss each participant's performance and provide feedback. Participants must demonstrate mastery of competencies in each level to advance.

Program Components

Emerging Leader Network Group: Future and current leaders from within Emory or outside the organization discuss issues relevant to the healthcare industry an relevant to your growth as a leader

Executive Leadership Meetings: Rotate among key executive and leadership meetings to gain awareness of decision making processes, challenges, and positively impact the effectiveness of the meetings

Improvement Projects: On a rotating six month schedule, participants are assigned to a project to gain experience outside their daily responsibilities

Sponsorship: Sponsors for MDP are members of executive leadership at Emory who will work with participants and their leader on personal and professional development


  • Master's degree in business administration, health care administration, or public health is preferred, but other master's degrees are also considered.
  • Previous healthcare experience in system, inpatient, or practice setting.
  • Excellent project management, organizational, communication, prioritization, financial and business management skills.
  • Ability to establish working relationships, influence decisions, and think creatively and strategically.

Download a summary of the program

Application Deadline Dates:

The next MDP recruitment cycle is TBD. Please check back periodically for updates. 

How to Apply

1. The application for the Management Development Program must be completed online. Click here to be redirected to the Employment Opportunities section of the Emory Healthcare Career Center Web site. Please note that first-time visitors must begin by creating a new account.

2. Go to Search Openings and type Job Requisition ID: 79267BR.

3. Click on the Job Requisition ID to open the position. Select "Apply to Job."

4. Complete all required fields and attach the following documents to your candidate profile:

• Current resume
• Two letters of recommendation (one professional & one academic is preferred)
• Unofficial graduate school transcript

Candidates are asked to address the following questions in written form:

The success of the Management Development Program can be attributed to the fact that it is a mutually beneficial relationship. What are you most looking forward to gaining from this experience, and what are you most excited to contribute to the organization? (maximum 500 words)

• What stimulated your individual interest in academic medicine? (maximum 250 words)

5. Please choose and compose a written response to ONE of the following questions:

• What is your most significant accomplishment, and why? (maximum 250 words)
• Please describe a time when you found the courage to step outside of your comfort zone to do something unexpected and completely unlike you. Why did you take the risk? What did you learn from the experience? (maximum 250 words)
• Describe a setback or failure you have experienced. What role did you play, and what did you learn about yourself? (maximum 250 words)
• Whether it is “sharing is caring” or “haste makes waste,” we all have lessons that will never leave us. What lesson are you most grateful to have learned? (maximum 250 words)

For your application to be considered, both the online application and the requested documents must be submitted online through the candidate profile by the application deadline. Please note that only complete applications will be considered.

Office of Development Programs Address:

Emory Clinic - Building A Suite AT700
1365 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322

FAQs for Management Development Program

No, candidates do not have to be a current student or recent graduate in order to be eligible for the Management Development Program. We will accept applications from candidates who have completed their master's degree or are on schedule to complete their master's degree before the program start date.

No, candidates without the aforementioned degrees are not automatically disqualified. They must, however, be master's-prepared and demonstrate interest and experience in health care or other operations-focused roles.

Yes, this program is applicable to individuals with work experience. The Management Development Program is relevant for individuals seeking the "next step" in their careers. The program will provide mentorship, exposure, hands-on project experience, management and leadership opportunities, and a strong professional network.

The Management Development Program aims to train future health care administrators and leaders. If you currently work in the clinical or research setting, are looking to make a career change to operations and management, and meet the minimum qualifications for the program, you may be considered.

Yes, we will consider past applicants. However, due to the highly competitive applicant pool, it is strongly recommended that past applicants carefully review their applications and clearly demonstrate areas of improvement. If you experience technical issues when submitting new materials, please contact us here.

The number varies with each application cycle as it depends on both the organizational need and the individual candidate's qualifications, interests, and organizational fit.

Please address letters of recommendation to the "Management Development Program Selection Committee."

All supporting materials (i.e. current resume, letters of recommendation, essays, etc.) must be uploaded as attachments to your online application. Only complete applications will be considered. If you have trouble uploading attachments, please contact us here.

Applications are reviewed for nearly a month once the application period closes. During this review process, your candidate status may change to "on hold."

Yes, participants are expected to complete their extracurricular assignments, including improvement projects, in addition to their full-time roles.

Participants will be assigned a permanent leader based on their full-time role and an executive sponsor on a rotation-basis. Both leaders and sponsors are members of Emory Clinic Leadership.

Yes, Management Development Program participants are considered full-time employees and are eligible for employee benefits, including health insurance coverage. Participants will receive a competitive salary.

Graduates of the Management Development Program can be found in leadership positions across the organization.

Yes, successful graduates of the Management Development Program will transition into a leadership role within Emory Clinic.