2018–2019 Administrative Fellowship

2018–2019 Administrative Fellowship

University of Utah Health is offering a one year administrative fellowship that will begin in June/July 2018. 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 her/him to a diverse array of operational activities.

The program’s preceptor is Dan Lundergan, interim COO of University of Utah 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 University of Utah 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
  • Tele-health strategies
  • Health insurance operations
  • Employee relations

Application Process

Candidate Qualities

Candidates should be currently enrolled in or have recently completed a MHA/MBA/MHSA 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 skill, 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 University of Utah 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, Phillip Waite, at phillip.waite@hsc.utah.edu.

Application Submission Dates

The NAFCAS application deadline is Monday, October 2nd, 2017.



July–October: Applications accepted (deadline October 2nd, 2017)

October–November: Phone interviews/ on-site interviews

November 13: Offer date


June/July: Start of administrative fellowship

Selection Process

A selection committee representing health care leaders from across U of U Health reviews all fellowship applications. Once applications are reviewed, the selection committee selects a number of applicants for phone interviews. Of those candidates, the most qualified will be invited for on-site interviews to meet with U of U Health's executive leadership team.

The final selection and offer will be extended after the on-site interview, Monday, November 13, 2017. One individual is selected as the 2018–2019 U of U Health administrative fellow.

Program Benefits

The program provides the fellow an opportunity to complete project work 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 his/her 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

"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.”

Janelle Robinson, MBA/MHA
Director of UNI Outpatient Clinics
University of Utah Health
2009-2010 Administrative Fellow

Current & Previous Fellows


Current University of Utah Health Administrative Fellow

Phillip Waite, MBA, MHA
University of Utah Graduate

Previous U of U Health Administrative Fellows & Current Professional Positions


Melanie Sottile, MPH
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health Graduate


Marta Bahriy, MS-HSM
Rush University Graduate
Outpatient Services Manager, Men's Health


Joe Vance, MHA
University of Minnesota Graduate
Business Operations Manager, Urgent Care Services


Juliana Briscoe, RD, MHA/MPH 
University of Utah Graduate 
Business Operations Manager, UNI


Nathan Gladwell, RN, MHA
University of Minnesota Graduate
Director of TeleHealth, University of Utah Health


Anna Rogers, MHA
University of North Carolina Graduate
Director of Business Operations, University of Utah Health


Michael Bennett, MBA/MHA
University of Washington Graduate
Director of Revenue Cycle, Asanta Health System


Janelle Robinson, MBA/MHA
University of Utah Graduate
Director of Outpatient Clinics, UNI

Josh Dean, MBA/MHA
Baylor University Graduate
Senior Group Practice Manager, Hill Air Force Base

Jared Amerson, MHA
University of Florida Graduate
Chief Operating Officer, Temecula Valley Hospital, California