OverviewAfter forty years of existence, we’re confident that Mass General's Administrative Fellowship Program is one of the best ways to enter the health care field. Fellows hit the ground running and gain a unique vantage point in addition to real life work experience in a dynamic organization dedicated to its community and its larger mission.
With one of the world's leading academic medical centers as your campus, you will see this world from all corners under the tutelage of a superb management team who support the growth of future hospital administrators. Fellows gain experience in key departments at the hospital through a variety of rotations ranging from five weeks to six months in duration. All rotations emphasize project deliverables, acquired competencies and technical skills.
Why should you consider applying to the Administrative Fellowship Program?
- Mass General consistently ranks among the top prestigious medical institutions in the United States. Read about our awards and recognitions
- Mass General is the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of Partners HealthCare
- The MGH fellowship program has had forty years of success in providing top-notch training to future healthcare leaders. Read about the Administrative Fellowship's 40th anniversary event held on September 21st, 2013 to learn more.
- Fellows have a unique opportunity to learn about the structure, culture and values of a leading academic medical center in an environment that supports and encourages lifelong learning
- Fellows rotate through key Mass General departments including patient care services, finance, patient advocacy, human resources, corporate/public affairs and hospital and ambulatory care operations
- Fellows participate in senior operations teams and shadow key leaders to understand day-to-day challenges and decision-making processes and identify projects that further hospital goals
- Fellows have access to resources through seminars, training courses and conferences through the Mass General Leadership Academy
- Fellows attend one regional and one national conference during the program
Of course we also promise hard work and expect great things from our fellows but we hope that will just be the right challenge for you and you will continue on with an application if the academic medical provider is your goal. As directors of the Administrative Fellowship Program, we offer ongoing support to each of our fellows as they progress through the various rotations and preceptor relationships. Our goal is to offer continuity as well as a wide variety of management exposures and relationships.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Co-Director, Administrative Fellowship Program
Sally Mason Boemer
Senior Vice President, Finance
Co-Director, Administrative Fellowship Program
Mass General seeks diverse candidates from strong masters-level-accredited programs. Qualified candidates for the Administrative Fellowship Program are Masters-prepared individuals who have completed the degree requirements in one or more of the following fields of study or related degree programs:
- Public health
- Business Administration
- Health services administration
- Hospital administration
Candidates may have working experience through areas such as:
Candidates are typically self-starters, knowledgeable of past and current health industry perspectives, team players and excellent communicators. Find answers to frequently asked questions.
Ultimately, the fellowship continues to evolve to meet the needs of the hospital, the desires of the fellow and Mass General's role in the Partners HealthCare System.
Curriculum Fellowship Goals
The Administrative Fellowship Program has been designed to provide:
- A knowledge of organizational dynamics, gained from working with managers at various levels of the health care organization
- An opportunity for the inexperienced manager to obtain an applied foundation in financial management, practice management, process engineering, human resources administration, and facility and strategic planning
- An appreciation for the common values shared by all health care professionals at Mass General and Partners HealthCare
- A progressive experience directed towards preparing fellows for administrative leadership positions in academic medical centers.
The fellowship is a structured two-year program comprised of seven core rotations ranging in length from one to six months. Typically, the program starts in July each year. During the two years, the fellow becomes exposed to various aspects of hospital administration. Core rotations include:
- Patient Care Services (6 months)
- Finance (6 months)
- Hospital and Ambulatory Care Operations (3 months)
- Human Resources (3 months)
- Patient Advocacy (1 month)
- Public Affairs/President (2 months)
- Network Development and Practice Management, MGPO (3 months)
Each rotation is collaboratively developed by senior vice presidents, executive preceptors and the administrative fellow. During each rotation, the fellow participates in fundamental projects that support ongoing department initiatives and aid the fellow in developing core competencies. The responsibilities and assignments are primarily project oriented.
The fellow is also exposed to senior-level decision-making processes and participates in team decision making to learn about the interdependent nature of hospital departments.
With guidance from fellowship directors, fellows are also encouraged to seek exposure to activities outside of their core rotations. A broad network of individuals also provide continuous support to the fellow. During each rotation, he or she is assigned a senior level preceptor who provides feedback and direction for working projects. In addition, the fellowship directors are readily available to assist in the fellow’s professional development at any time during the program.
Mass General also offers a strong network of former fellows who meet regularly to discuss current issues in health care such as journal clubs, networking events, fellows night. Fellows' experiences also confirm the level of support from the hospital administration and the friendly, collegial working environment.
In addition to completing core rotations, examples of activities and committees fellows actively engage in include but are not limited to:
- Association of Multicultural Members of Partners (AMMP)
- Joint Commission Operations Committee
- Building of the Third Century Committee
- Patient Care Services Diversity Committee
- Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Committee
- Mass General Ethics Task Force
- Chief Dashboard
- United Way Campaign
- Ether Day
- Community Health Fairs
Past Project Assignments
- Codeveloped a new hospital budget process with budget director
- Develop data to support operating expenses of Ambulatory Care Center and negotiate approved operating expenses with State Rate Setting Commission
- Participated in development of financial information for public bond offering
- Blue Cross accounting for contractual allowances
- Developed staffing benchmark model for physician practices
- Recommended methodology for reorganizing non-nursing services
- Coordinated and assisted in the development of a hospital wide ethics program and seminar series
- Developed data processing application to create maintenance manpower information system
- Wrote and managed submission of a Determination of Need to the state approval agency
- Developed rationale for changes in nurse staffing and participated in development of acuity system
- Assisted in the operating budget and researched reimbursement analysis for $30 million research expansion project
- Established method for collecting employee diversity data
- Developed and improved hospital-wide charge collection system
- Completed feasibility study of Burn Unit upgrading and development of specifications for implementation
- Recommended and implemented improvement in technicians' working conditions and integration in patient care team IBM Demonstration Project
- Researched and recommended issues regarding hospital wide discharges
- Project Manager for the construction of Ambulatory Care Building.
- Standardizing parking rates for offsite clinical offices
- Identified best practices among out-of-state lab licensing
- Collaborated with senior leadership to develop a Vascular Center Revenue Enhancement
- Updated Professional Services Agreement between Mass General and other facilities
MGH is a member of the National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF), follows NCAF’s voluntary Code of Good Practice, and participates in the NCAF Centralized Application System (CAS). To read more about the National Council on Administrative Fellowships, click here: http://nchl.org/static.asp?path=2851,6549.
To apply to the Massachusetts General Hospital Administrative Fellowship Program, submit the required materials via the National Administrative Fellowship Centralized Application System (NAFCAS) at:
If interested in hearing from current fellows about the fellowship experience, we welcome you to join us for one of our Webinar sessions on August 23rd at 4PM EST and September 9th at 12PM EST. For reservations and Webinar access information, please email our current fellow, Bethany Vollmer Marullo at email@example.com.
Interested applicants should submit the following information by October 3, 2016:
- Current resume
- Written statement of interest outlining career objectives
- Official Transcript of Completed Graduate Courses
- A letter of recommendation from each of the following*:
- Graduate Program Director
- Faculty Member
- Internship/Fellowship Preceptor
Applicants will be notified in October if they have been selected to come to Boston for an interview in November. The new class of fellows will begin work on or around July 1st. Find answers to frequently asked questions
* In all cases, an applicant must submit three professional letters of reference. In the event that the applicant did not have an internship/fellowship experience during their graduate school program, a letter from a recent or current employer in the healthcare setting may serve as a substitute for the preceptor letter. In the event that the Graduate School Program Director serves also as a faculty member, the Graduate School Program Director should write a letter of reference in that capacity, and a separate letter of reference should be obtained from a different professor or faculty member to fulfill the Faculty Member reference letter requirement.
Please note: we do not accept fellowship applications sent by email.
MGH Administrative Fellowship Program
For specific questions about the MGH Administrative Fellowship program or structure, please contact:
Former Fellow and Executive Director, Teaching and Education, MGH
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