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Administrative Fellowship Program

The UVA Medical Center R. Edward Howell Administrative Fellowship Program provides individuals with a post-graduate experience in an academic medical center to better prepare them as a healthcare leader. The program is named in recognition of R. Edward Howell, who served as vice President and CEO of the UVA Medical Center for 12 years (2002-2014). 

Fellows benefit from interaction with Medical Center senior leadership and are involved in a range of strategic, clinical and operational projects. They also receive first-hand experience of public policy on a local, regional and national level.

Fellows report directly to the chief executive officer of the Medical Center, Pamela Sutton-Wallace.

What To Expect of Your Fellowship Experience

  • Rotations through all service lines, operational areas and corporate support services in year one
  • Focused area of concentration in year two
  • Access to the CEO, senior executive leadership and Medical Center staff
  • Participation in senior leadership meetings, where Medical Center strategic planning, direction and policy are addressed
  • Strategic and operational projects in several corporate/centralized departments (e.g. finance, clinical and general operations)
  • Participation in and completion of special projects/programs central to the Medical Center (e.g. Joint Commission preparation, budget development, clinical program analysis and legislative efforts)
  • Ongoing exposure to and involvement in activities of the Health System Board
  • Involvement in external healthcare-related activities (e.g. government relations and community efforts)
  • Developed skills in critical analysis of healthcare topics and professional writing

Why Choose UVA’s Fellowship Program?

During your fellowship, you can expect:

  • A focus on your knowledge
  • Development of attitude and philosophy toward the field and further refinement of a management style
  • An environment that encourages constructive criticism
  • A broad range of post-fellowship employment opportunities
  • An experience that aligns with the Jeffersonian vision for public leadership

How Long is the Fellowship?

The UVA Administrative Fellowship is a two-year commitment. 

How Many Fellows Does UVA Have at Once?

Traditionally, we've had one fellow every two years. We plan to expand the program to include one first-year fellow and one second-year fellow. We will recruit one fellow in the fall of 2016 and an additional fellow in the fall of 2017.

Application Process

Who is a Candidate?

Candidates include U.S. citizens and permanent residents with a graduate degree (MBA, MHA, MHSA, MPH, MPA) from accredited programs.

What Do I need to Apply?

Applicants must submit the following items by October 3, 2016:

  • Resume
  • Statement of interest with career goals and objectives specific to the area(s) of interest during your fellowship tenure (one page limit)
  • Official transcripts of graduate and undergraduate education
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from a previous employer is preferred)

Applications should be emailed to: adminfellow@virginia.edu.

Final offers will be extended in November, and fellowships begin on or around July 1 of the following year.

Contact Information

Questions should be directed to administrative fellow Chip Murray.

Phone: 434.243.5851 (office) Fax: 434.243.9328

Past Fellow Project Examples

Hospital Expansion Project

  • Provided strategic operational analysis for $400 million hospital expansion
  • Submitted project proposal with financial projections, volume assumptions, sensitivity analysis, strategic context and plan designs
  • Co-led interdisciplinary work groups to evaluate analysis and assumptions for project proposal
  • Submitted recommendations for senior leadership presentation to Health System board
  • Contributed to Certificate of Public Need application 

Cardiac Surgery Value Stream

  • Employed lean methodology with an interdisciplinary care team to identify improvement opportunities for cardiac surgery patients
  • Identified and implemented improvement projects along the care continuum, including: 
    • Effective interdisciplinary discharge planning rounds
    • Systematic pre-operative requirements for cardiac surgery patients
    • Simplified and standardized patient education and discharge materials
    • Standardized handoff of care from operating room to intensive care unit

Culpeper Regional Hospital

  • Directed integration teams for UVA Health System’s acquisition of Culpeper Regional Hospital
  • Worked to convert an outpatient oncology clinic to provider-based status, resulting in significant financial savings
  • Defined critical path for information technology integration of the two entities

Additional Project Examples

  • Served as members of the Ward Buchanan Committee, which analyzes business proposals to allocate funding for the implementation of new clinical programs
  • Analyzed and staffed redesign project for the medical specialties ambulatory clinic to staff and improve workflow

Current and Former Fellows 

current fellows
Fellows Thomas Saul (2007-2009),
Katie Golob (2013-2015),
Chip Murray (2015-2017)

Chip Murray (2015) Current Fellow

Graduate School: The Ohio State University, MBA, MPA

Current Fellow

Katie Golob (2013)

Graduate School: Virginia Commonwealth University, MHA

First Post-Fellowship Job: Manager, Neurosciences and Psychiatry Clinics, UVA Medical Center

Kanwar Singh (2011)

Graduate School: University of Alabama at Birmingham, MBA 

First Post-Fellowship Job: Management-Systems Engineer, UVA Medical Center

Current Job: Director, UC Davis Cancer Center

Joshua Billig (2009)

Graduate School: Medical University of South Carolina, MHA

First Post-Fellowship Job: Senior Associate, Strategic Planning, Emory Healthcare

Current Job: Senior Manager, Client Account Executive, athenahealth

Thomas Saul (2007)

Graduate School: University of Iowa, MHA

First Post-Fellowship Job: Program Manager, Business Development & Finance, UVA Medical Center

Current Job: Administrator, Medical Subspecialties & Primary Care, UVA Medical Center

Elizabeth Delledera (2005)

Graduate School: University of Houston at Clear Lake, MBA, MHA

First Post-Fellowship Job: Manager, Ambulatory Care Services, UVA Medical Center

Current Job: Director, Neuroscience Service Line, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital

Sharice Smith (2003)

Graduate School: University of North Carolina, MHA

First Post-Fellowship Job: Administrative Officer, National Institutes of Health

Current Job: Financial Manager, Veterans Health Administration

Traci d'Auguste (2002)

Graduate School: University of Alabama at Birmingham, MBA, MSHA

First Post-Fellowship Job: Director, Medical Staff Office, Department of Medical Affairs, New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Current Job: Associate Vice President, Rush University Medical Group

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