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University of Utah Hospital Administrative Fellowship

2024-2025 Administrative Fellowship: Hospitals & Clinics

University of Utah Health is offering a one-year administrative fellowship that will begin in early summer 2024. This fellowship is designed to cultivate leaders in the field of academic health care by fostering close working relationships between the fellow and senior executives while exposing you to a diverse array of operational activities.

The program’s preceptor is Dan Lundergan, CEO of U of U Health. With Dan’s guidance, the administrative fellow will participate in a wide array of projects and rotations during their fellowship. The projects and rotations are at the fellow's preference and the preceptor’s discretion.

Areas of Opportunity 

The fellowship at the U of U Health is tailored to the interests of the candidate selected. Areas of opportunity for project work include, but are not limited to:

  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Strategic planning
  • New business development
  • Ambulatory services
  • Quality improvement
  • Academic and community physician management
  • Financial and performance analysis
  • Organizational development
  • Telehealth strategies
  • Health insurance operations
  • Employee relations

U of U Health is also offering a Medical Group Fellowship for the 2024–25 year.


Application Process

Candidate Qualities

Candidates should be currently enrolled in or have recently completed a MHA/MBA/MHSA/MPH/MPA accredited graduate program and should exhibit the following qualities:

  • Ability to manage multiple successful projects and meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess self-motivation, teamwork skills, and emotional intelligence
  • Interest in management and operations of academic medical centers

Required Application Materials

Applicants should prepare the following application materials. Materials should be submitted to the online application portal through NAFCAS.

  • Resume and cover letter
  • Personal statement of interest in pursuing an administrative fellowship at U of U Health (one page limit)
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one from a current or past employer)
  • Official graduate school transcript from an accredited program

If you have any questions about the fellowship and/or the application process please contact our current fellow, Timothy Clawson, at

Application Submission Dates

The NAFCAS application deadline is September 29, 2023.



Applications due September 29
Phone Interviews: early/mid-October 2023
On-site Interviews: mid/late-October 2023


June/July: start of administrative fellowship

Selection Process

Informational Webinars

Current fellows Timothy Clawson, MHA, and Rachael Abney, MHA, will present on the fellowships offered by U of U Health, followed by a Q&A session.

  • August 21, 2023 at 4–5pm MDT
  • September 7, 2023 at 11am–noon MDT

Office Hours

Timothy and Rachael are available to answer prospective applicants’ questions anytime. Please reach out via email.

Timothy Clawson, MHA (Hospital and Clinics Administrative Fellow):
Rachael Abney, MHA ( Medical Group Administrative Fellow):


Please contact

Program Benefits

The program provides the fellow an opportunity to complete project work and rotations throughout the year to enhance and develop communications, project management, organizational, and leadership skills.

Pay & Benefits

Administrative fellows receive a salary competitive with leading administrative fellowship programs across the nation along with a competitive benefits package. The administrative fellow also receives financial support to attend two conferences of their choice over the course of the fellowship year.

Selected Projects

Selected Projects Completed by Previous University of Utah Health Administrative Fellows

  • U of U Health Patient Flow Analysis and Implementation
  • U of U Health Operational Strategy Planning Taskforce
  • Operational Budget Oversight for U of U Health Executive Offices
  • Project Lead for Annual Be Well Utah Community Event
  • Physician Orientation and Leadership Development Institute Curriculum
  • Business Plan for Community Clinics Birthing Suite
  • Utah Medicaid Expansion Advocacy
  • Development of U of U Health Tele-Medicine Department
  • DNV GL Corrective Action Taskforce
  • U of U Health Price Transparency Analysis
  • Social Media Residency
  • Comprehensive Diabetes Market Analysis
  • Operational Plan for New Community Clinic Site
  • Financial Modeling for Expansion of Specialty Programs
Janelle Robinson
One of the most valuable experiences I gained during my fellowship was the opportunity to be mentored by U of U health executives who were actively engaged mentors over the course of the year. I was integrated into the senior leadership team and given opportunities to work on current projects valuable to the organization.
Janeele Robinson, MBA/MHA Senior Director, Clinical Operations, UNI, University of Utah Health

Current & Previous Fellows

Admin Fellowship
Admin Fellowship 2

Current University of Utah Health Administrative Fellow

Timothy (TJ) Clawson Jr.

Timothy (TJ) Clawson Jr.


University of Utah graduate