Frequently Asked Questions
What criteria are used to select Administrative Fellows?
- Applicants are evaluated on their academic achievement, professional and personal experiences, personal statement and letters of recommendation. Applicants are also evaluated on the general knowledge of Michigan Medicine, initiative, professionalism, leadership potential and overall fit with Michigan Medicine. This is determined through the online application materials, phone interview and on-site interviews.
What are the educational requirements for the fellowship?
- A Master’s degree or equivalent course work in health care administration, nursing, business, public health, health service or a related degree from an accredited program.
Does Michigan Medicine administrative fellowship program sponsor international students for H1-B visas or green cards?
- No, at this time we do not sponsor international students for our administration fellowship program.
Do you have to have health care experience to qualify for the fellowship?
- While candidates with previous professional work experience are encouraged to apply, previous work experience is not a prerequisite for the fellowship.
When can I apply for the fellowship?
- Applications are typically accepted annually June - September.
What is the application process? Paper/Online?
- Michigan Medicine has an online application process and you can find details on our application process here.
What are the program requirements?
- Qualified fellowship applicants will have a master’s degree or equivalent course work in health care administration, nursing, business, public health, health service or a related degree from an accredited program. While candidates with previous work experience are encouraged to apply, previous work experience is not a prerequisite for the fellowship.
What are the application requirements?
- Each application must have the following: one page statement of career goals and objectives, current resume, transcripts from undergraduate and graduate degree programs and three (3) letters of recommendation (at least one professional and one academic) *For a complete list of application requirements, please visit our website here.
I am not a recent graduate, but I do have work experience. Can I still apply?
- We welcome applicants with a variety of experience, including those with work experience as well as recent graduates.
Will I be notified when my application has been received?
- We will notify applicants when applications are received. If you would like to know any information related to your application or our process, you can email our current fellows at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do you accept school transcripts? Are the “issued to student” transcripts appropriate?
- Official transcripts issued to the students can be submitted as part of the application materials. The transcripts must all be scanned and uploaded as one of the attachments to your application. Transcripts that are marked as 'void' when uploaded into a PDF will still be accepted, so long as they are official university transcripts on official letterhead.
I have an electronic copy of my transcripts. Will this be ok, or do I need to request an official copy directly?
- We will accept electronic copies of your official transcripts; however, all transcripts must be uploaded as one attachment to your application.
Do you accept Letters of Recommendation via email?
- Applicants may submit their Letters of Recommendation as part of their pdf application packet. Should their recommenders prefer to submit Letters of Recommendation directly to the program, they can be emailed to: email@example.com
I do not have a professional Letter of Recommendation (as I have little/no work experience). How can I provide the necessary letters or can I submit without them?
- Applicants are encouraged to provide a letter that reflects relevant work experience. Recommendations based on internship, volunteer, or non-healthcare related work experience would be accepted.
Who reads the application materials and makes the final decision?
- The fellowship applications are read by a committee of leaders from across the health system. We have a diverse group, including our Senior Leadership Team and mentors, directors, department administrators, managers and past fellows. Members of the Michigan Medicine Administrative Fellowship Senior Leadership Team make the final decision.
I graduated from a school that is not accredited. Will that be an issue?
- We accept applications from graduates of accredited programs in health care administration, nursing, business, public health or other related programs.
How do members of the Senior Leadership Team engage with the Administrative Fellows?
- Members of the Michigan Medicine Administrative Fellowship Senior Leadership team help fellows understand how academic health center leaders meet the challenges of balancing priorities among our patient care, research and educational missions as one health system. They are also responsible for mentoring and supporting the career and personal development of administrative fellow(s) throughout the two year fellowship, evaluating fellows’ performance and assisting them with relationship building with other mentors at Michigan Medicine.
What types of projects do fellows partake in?
- The Fellowship includes core responsibilities and projects based on the fellow's interests and the institution's priorities. The fellow will pursue a variety of leadership development opportunities in a framework of continuous learning. Examples of project areas include Inpatient Operations, Ambulatory Care Operations, Finance and Human Resources.
What is the process for determining the projects that fellows work on?
- We have an online project repository where unit representatives fill out a project form and send it to the fellowship coordinator. The projects are reviewed by the fellows and they decide what projects meet their interests for experience, growth and development. Those projects are then discussed with members of the Senior Leadership Team who guide fellows to select projects that support their specific career development goals.
What sort of training or career development opportunities are available?
- Fellows are encouraged to start the Fellowship by outlining their goals and objectives for both their long-term careers and the Fellowship. Through continuous discussions with preceptors and other mentors, Fellows are encouraged to continually seek out experiences which would assist them in achieving these goals and objectives.
Is there a process for helping the fellows identify post-fellowship job opportunities?
- Fellows are encouraged to begin discussions regarding career transition with the program preceptors as early as the beginning of the 2nd year. Fellows typically begin looking for jobs within the last 6 months of the fellowship.
What is the evaluation process for the fellows? How often does evaluation occur?
- Fellows are evaluated by their department/project leaders. This feedback is captured in a performance survey. The results are discussed with members of the Senior Leaderhip Team. Evaluations occur biannually. Discussions with the Senior Leadership Team members are scheduled during 1:1 meetings.
Do you support national conferences?
- The fellow(s) receive support to attend two conferences of his/her choice over the course of the fellowship and the Association for Academic Medical Center's Fellow's Conference during the first year. Fellows also have the opportunity to attend several classes that are offered within Michigan Medicine.
How will the fellowship benefit me?
- The structure of the fellowship program exposes participants to a wide array of areas within healthcare management. During the program, fellows also work on various strategic initiatives while receiving support and mentorship from senior leaders. Through these experiences, fellows develop their analytical, communication, project management and organizational and leadership skills.