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.
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:
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final offers will be extended in November, and fellowships begin on or around July 1 of the following year.
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
Chip Murray (2015) Current Fellow
Graduate School: The Ohio State University, MBA, MPA
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