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Administrative Fellowship Program: Program Description

Gina Cronin, Program Director, with the 2013-2014 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 had some practical experience in the health care environment.

Under the mentorship and guidance of the program director and other executive leaders, the fellows gain excellent career experiences in leading edge areas of management. Qualified applicants will have a Master of Health Administration (MHA) or equivalent course work completed from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). With the support of the preceptor and Chief Operations Officer, during the 12-month fellowship, the Administrative Fellow will have the opportunity, as well as responsibility, to explore areas of personal interest.

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During the first three weeks, the Administrative Fellows meet with 70-100 key administrators, physicians, directors, and leaders throughout the organization. These meetings provide perspective of the Cleveland Clinic’s system-wide operations as well as its unique organizational structure. The success of a physician-administrator model is a unique dynamic to the Clinic. The purpose of this orientation stage is to help the Fellows lay a foundation from which to build their fellowship experiences, including an avenue to build networking contacts and operational resources. During this time, the Fellows are encouraged to identify areas of interest, potential project work, and mentor opportunities.

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Cleveland Clinic is rooted in its long-standing and strong commitment to education. This core value continues to be demonstrated today through the dedication and support the leadership team shows to the Administrative Fellows. The Administrative Fellowship Program, based at Main Campus, has sustained an esteemed reputation throughout the organization since its inception in 1977.

Cleveland Clinic is an integrated healthcare organization with an innovative institute structure and advanced physician-employment model. Administrative Fellows have the opportunity to experience and improve a model of efficient high quality healthcare that the remainder of the country strives for. Structured as a group practice, the staff physicians at the main campus are salaried employees and are not in private practice. While the employed staff is the foundation of Cleveland Clinic’s physician model the community hospitals also feature private practitioners that are affiliated with the organization through particular quality and operational standards. Further, the fellows will operate in clinical institutes, centered around organ systems, which are the first of its kind. These institutes foster an environment that: maximizes coordination, improves patient access to multiple disciplines, allows experts to act as a dynamic team, and results in optimal treatment for patients.

Why a Cleveland Clinic Administrative Fellowship?

The Fellowship Program is sponsored by Executive Administration and jointly directed by the Department of Operations and Clinical Institute leadership. Cleveland Clinic offers outstanding projects for fellows in a variety of operational, clinical, strategic growth and international arenas. Under the mentorship and guidance of the program directors and other executive and senior leaders, the fellows gain excellent career experiences in leading-edge areas of management.

Develop and Enhance Your Skills

The Administrative Fellowship Program allows early careerists to begin building a solid platform of leadership and project management skills. A successful healthcare administrator must not only possess the knowledge of utilizing innovative management tools, but must also develop interpersonal and behavioral skills. These skills, such as the ability to manage teams and to endure complexity and ambiguity, are developed extensively throughout the program, as Fellows are encouraged to test the theories and principles learned in the classroom through dynamic team-oriented projects.

Exposure to High Profile Projects

Project locations range from main campus, family health centers and community hospitals, to international locations. The fellows routinely participate in high-level discussions and committees regarding the myriad of strategic and operational issues affecting the system. Cleveland Clinic leaders are committed to the growth and development of healthcare's future leaders and are consistently willing to engage Administrative Fellows in even the most confidential meetings.

Other distinguishing characteristics of the Administrative Fellowship include experience in a large integrated health system, the physician-administrator partnership (an invaluable dynamic), and the opportunity for the Fellows to complete a competency model that identifies key characteristics for success.

Who Should Apply

The year-long, project-based Administrative Fellowship is geared toward highly motivated individuals with practical experience in the healthcare environment. Qualified applicants will have a Master of Health Administration or equivalent course work completed from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). Cleveland Clinic will select up to six fellows. International applicants are welcome to apply.

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
  • Fellows will be provided work space and adequate resources to support them during the Fellowship

Additional Benefits

Other benefits of the Administrative Fellowship Program include:

  • A project-based fellowship with multiple options tailored to the interests of the Fellow
  • Opportunity to manage substantive project initiatives, and teams
  • Consistent exposure to executive and institute-level leadership
  • Experience with an integrated healthcare system featuring the main campus, family health centers, and community hospitals
  • National and international project opportunities
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