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Administrative Fellowship Program

Northwell Health administrative fellowship overview

The administrative fellowship program is designed for recent graduates from an accredited graduate program with a focus in healthcare administration (MBA/MHA/MHSA/MPA/MPH).

The administrative fellowship program provides preparation in executive development for future healthcare leaders through a combination of departmental rotations, problem-solving projects and participation in managerial functions throughout various organizational and operational settings within Northwell Health. This gives the fellows a valuable opportunity to gain practical operational experience and knowledge of the various aspects of health care, along with contact and interaction with all levels of leadership throughout the health network under executive-level mentorship.

The fellowship is a 12-month program that consists of facility and departmental rotations, project management, one-on-one mentoring, and attendance at various health system meetings and events. Each administrative fellow is assigned a member of the senior leadership team as a mentor/advisor for the duration of the fellowship program.

Participants will be assigned rotations based on their interests and discussion with their assigned mentor/advisor. The rotations will expose the fellows to many areas within the health system and health care. Fellows are assigned several projects in their rotations. These projects enable the fellows to fully immerse themselves in the departments and facilities to which they are assigned.

Mentorship

Each fellow is assigned a member of the senior leadership team to serve as a mentor during their fellowship year. Former fellows of the program serve as junior mentors. A site preceptor will be assigned to the fellows for each rotation to oversee the day-to-day function of the fellow.

Program curriculum

Participants will be assigned rotations based on their interests and discussions with program leadership at the Center for Learning and Innovation. The rotations will expose the fellows to many areas within the health system and healthcare. Several projects are assigned within their rotations that enable the fellows to fully immerse themselves in the departments and facilities to which they are assigned. The facility and departmental leaders are aware of the educational objectives of the fellowship program and work to ensure that each rotation meets these goals. There are four 12-week rotations throughout the fellowship. Each fellow rotates through areas such as: a tertiary or community hospital, an ambulatory setting, a corporate entity and an elective area.

External events

The fellows will attend two external events. The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago, IL offers opportunities to collaborate with other administrative fellows and healthcare leaders to understand and prepare for the unwavering challenges within a transformative healthcare environment. Fellows select ACHE courses and presentations based on healthcare interests and passions.

“It is empowering and encouraging to work for an organization that supports your growth, development, and the pursuit of personal passions and interests” 

“The annual ACHE Congress brings together bright and innovative leaders in health care for knowledge sharing across geographies, cultures, and generations. Brainstorming with other healthcare organizations about our shared challenges, visions, and aspirations was truly inspirational and formative for me during this early stage of my career”

The trip to Washington, DC gives the fellows access to some of healthcare’s most influential politicians, lawmakers, senators and media. The discussions allow the fellows to connect the policy implications to their work in the healthcare setting.

“The fellowship provided the excitement and challenge of a steep learning curve and a solid foundation for future roles within the health system”.

Important information

Candidates must hold and maintain U.S. legal residency throughout the fellowship year. Work visas are not sponsored by Northwell Health.

Application requirements

We are a member of the National Council of Administrative Fellowships (NCAF) and adhere to the NCAF application timeline and process. Applications for the 2019-2020 Program will be released on June 12th.  Click here to apply now.

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  3. Official Graduate School Transcript (Visit the "Academic History" quadrant to submit colleges attended and to download the Transcript Request Form for your registrar's office. Transcripts should be sent directly from your registrar's office to NAFCAS)
  4. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (to be requested in the  "Supporting Information" quadrant): (1) ACADEMIC, (1) PROFESSIONAL, and (1) OTHER (academic, professional, or letter from your  program director)
  5. One Essay addressing the following questions:   
    • Why have you chosen to pursue a post graduate fellowship?  
    • What motivated your interest in Health Services Management?

Frequently asked questions

How long is the program? 
The program runs for one year.

How many fellows are accepted into the program? 
Three candidates are accepted.

At which site will I be working? 
The program is rotation-based. Each fellow will be assigned to work at multiple sites (tertiary, community hospital and corporate) throughout the system.

How long is each rotation? 
Each rotation lasts for 12 weeks.

How will rotations be assigned? 
The first three rotations will either be assigned or based on the fellow's specific areas of interest. The final rotation is an elective.

What guidance or mentorship will I have during my fellowship? 
Each fellow is assigned a member of the senior leadership team to serve as a mentor during their fellowship year. A site preceptor will be assigned to the fellows for each rotation. The administrative manager of the fellowship program will provide you with guidance throughout the year.

What can I expect in terms of compensation? 
Fellows receive a competitive salary and full benefits.

Kathleen Gallo, RN, PhD

Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer
Northwell Health

Dean and Professor
Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies