Gina Cronin, Program Director, and Nehemiah Smith, Assistant Program Director, with the 2015-2016 Administrative Fellows
Cleveland Clinic’s Administrative Fellowship Program is a 12-month post-graduate training program. The fellowship is project –oriented and gives the fellows numerous opportunities to participate in projects throughout the Foundation. The program is geared to the self-starter who has some practical experience in the health care environment.
Under the mentorship and guidance of the program director and other executive leaders, the Administrative Fellow will have the opportunity, as well as the responsibility, to explore areas of personal interest. Qualified applicants will have a Master’s degree (MHA, MBA, MHSA) completed from a U.S. based university, preferably from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME); however, applicants from non-CAHME programs will be accepted for review.
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The Cleveland Clinic Administrative Fellowship Program is a year-long, project - based fellowship that allows the Fellow to work on a wide variety of projects throughout the enterprise. Each Fellow will serve as project manager or provide project support on approximately 8-10 projects at any given time. At the end of the fellowship, the Fellow will have completed roughly 25 projects across Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, community hospitals across Northeast Ohio, family health centers and Cleveland Clinic Florida.
During the first 3-4 weeks, fellows will meet with 70- 100 administrators, directors, physicians and executive leaders throughout the enterprise. These meetings provide perspective of the Cleveland Clinic’s system-wide operations and its unique organizational structure. The purpose of onboarding is to provide a foundation for fellows to gain experiences and knowledge as well as to begin building a professional network. During this time, the Fellows are encouraged to identify areas of interest, potential project work and mentor opportunities.
Each Fellow is assigned an executive mentor to meet with on a bi-weekly to monthly basis throughout the fellowship year. The executive mentor – mentee relationship affords the Fellow the opportunity to gain further insight and guidance around professional growth and leadership development from a senior leader within the enterprise.
In addition to project work, Fellows meet with an executive coach regularly as a group and individually. Throughout the year, Fellows participate in structured leadership development using a variety of tools including thinking rounds, deep –dives, case studies, strength based assessments and individualized leadership development plans.
Administrative Fellow Competency Model
The Program is centered on an established competency model geared toward setting Fellows up for success and meaningful contribution to the Cleveland Clinic’s mission and vision. Through various focus groups, in-depth interviews with key Cleveland Clinic leaders and benchmarking peer institutions, a behavioral competency framework was created. This equips Fellows with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to face the complex challenges of today’s healthcare environment.
Compensation & Benefits
The Administrative Fellows will receive a stipend competitive with similarly structured programs. Benefits include the following:
- 28 days of paid time off (including holidays, vacation, and sick time)
- Medical coverage through the Cleveland Clinic Employee Health Plan at the employee rate
- Employee health plan includes free onsite gym membership as well as other health and wellness classes
- Payment of travel, lodging, and dining expenses to attend one healthcare related professional meeting or seminar
- Opportunities to take educational and leadership development classes offered by Cleveland Clinic and its affiliates
- Automatic enrollment in the Cleveland Clinic Pension Plan as well as the Savings and Investment 403(b) Plan