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Administrative Fellowships


Penn Medicine's Administrative Fellowship provides extraordinary training, helping to identify the best emerging management and leadership talent for the health care industry. This two-year experience exposes future health care leaders to the entire health care continuum under the mentorship and guidance of senior leaders. Administrative Fellows lead special projects and system-wide initiatives, as well as focus on day-to-day operational management within our hospitals and clinical practice environments. All Fellows have the option of pursuing an interim management role. At Penn Medicine, no two Administrative Fellowships are the same. All Fellows customize their own experience to best meet their goals, and receive ample support to make it all possible.


  • Program Structure




    The Administrative Fellowship is a two-year fellowship, allowing Fellows time to get involved in a mixture of short-term and longer-term projects, participate in a 3-6 month interim management role, and work with a variety of leaders across the system. Under the guidance of the fellowship program preceptor, the Senior Executive Advisor, Fellows select projects that are both meaningful to Penn Medicine goals, as well as align with their specific career needs. Each project has a specific preceptor to give Fellows the ability to facilitate, lead and manage cross-functional, complex work streams. Additionally, the Penn Medicine Fellow is considered a part of the leadership team, attending and participating in sessions at the system level and across the entities.

    At the end of the program, Fellows should have gained an understanding of clinical operations in the hospital and ambulatory environment, as well as had the opportunity to work in areas such as finance, business/network development, performance improvement, human resources, patient safety/ quality, physician relations and marketing/communications.

  • Application Process and Qualifications

    The application process for the 2023 Administrative Fellowship has closed. Information about applying for the 2024 Administrative Fellowship will be posted in Spring 2023.

    Penn Medicine Fellows are entrepreneurial in spirit, innate problem solvers, and leaders who thrive in a challenging yet collaborative culture. The Penn Medicine Administrative Fellowship is looking for recent MBA, MHA, MPH, MSN, and other accredited master’s degree graduates with a focus on health care management. The preferred candidate will have the following:

    • Accredited program degree by June 30, 2023, prior to entry into the program. (i.e. For program beginning on July 1 of any year, graduate degree must be attained no later than June 30 of that same year.)

    • Two year's full-time work experience, preferably in health care; can include special project work and internships undertaken while in your graduate program

    • Demonstrated initiative along with analytical and problem-solving skills Specific questions about the application process may be emailed to [email protected].

  • Mentorship in the Administrative Fellowship


  • Current and Former Fellows



  • Example Projects and Sponsors

    Ethan Kannel, MBA

    Project: Social Needs Assessment

    I worked on a project with Rosemary Thomas, the Director of Operations for the Penn Medicine Center for Health Equity Advancement, and the Associate Director for the Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health. Our goal was to pilot a way to screen newly-admitted patients for social needs and connect them to social work for a consult. We added a three question social needs assessment survey to our electronic medical record system. If the patient screened “positive” for having a social need, a consult was automatically placed to the social work team, the patient was contacted, and the patient was then referred to the appropriate resources. This process has since been deployed across the whole hospital.

    Philip Cooper, MHSA

    Project: Interim Senior Practice Manager

    I worked with Amanda Buckley, Associate Executive Director of Penn Medicine Cherry Hill, and stepped into an interim Senior Practice Manager role for a Multispecialty Practice. I oversaw twenty clinical and non-clinical staff members for thirteen different specialties in partnership with a clinical lead. I had the opportunity to develop, propose, and implement practice structure change with a focus on maintaining provider engagement, supplies, and budget separation to improve access, practice growth, and improving staff communication.

    Ayodele Adegbola, PT, DPT, PRPC, CSCS

    Project: Strategic Plan for Population Health

    I worked closely with the Vice President of Population Health Management, Jacqueline Kavouras, at Penn Medicine Princeton Health, to establish a comprehensive population health strategy and program that supports the organization’s strategy, vision, values, and goals. I had the opportunity to collaborate with stakeholders at the local and health system-wide level to determine clinical strategies within the Penn Medicine Princeton community, inpatient setting, and attributed patients. The end goal will be producing a three-and-five-year strategic plan for Population Health.

    Felicia Morrison MSN, MBA, RN-BC

    Project: Community Health Inventory Tracking

    I worked with Ajeenah Amir, Civic Engagement Director, and Kristen Molly, Corp Director in the Office of Government and Community Relations. I was the inaugural administrative fellow for this department. I developed a Community Health Inventory tracking and reporting tool (CHI) to align with the workflow of the federally-mandated Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan (CHNA/IP). The tool will be used to store statistical data on the parts of the community we serve, communicate the effectiveness of programs/initiatives within the Health System and School of Medicine, understand the capacity of programs/initiatives, ensure accountability, and advocate with elected officials as part of our community benefit reporting.

    Mariel Harden, MHA

    Project: Penn Medicine Pathways

    I worked closely with Dwaine Duckett, UPHS Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, on the creation of a new system-wide talent pipeline program. I was integral in providing project management support for the core working group, which involved collecting data on which roles in the healthcare system we were going to include in this program, initiating connections with external partners and consultants, leading meetings and presentations, designing a curriculum, and working closely with the Talent Acquisition team leaders at UPHS. In the wake of COVID-19, this will be a system-wide staffing solution that also allows Penn Medicine to assist the young adults in Philadelphia with career preparation and job readiness skills.

    Evan Roman, MHA

    Project: Interim Associate Director

    I partnered with Scott Schlegel, Vice President for Penn Medicine Medical Group, and Jennifer Hoffman, Physician Alignment Executive, to lead a team towards the integration of Primary and Specialty Care practices into the long-term operating structure of Penn Medicine. This included the integration and transition of the electronic medical record, ancillary systems, operations, supplies management, staffing, space, marketing, compliance, credentialing/enrollment, training, legal, etc.

    Mary Harnish, MSN, RN

    Project: Proton Therapy at Lancaster General Health

    I had the opportunity to work directly with Susanna Wiborg, Director of Executive Projects, Toni Donovan, Vice President of Marketing, and Dr. Randall Oyer, Medical Director Oncology. I became involved with this work specifically to develop education for local providers to understand proton therapy and which patients would be appropriate candidates. I worked closely with the team of radiation oncologists, as well as the marketing team, to develop educational programs for our providers. These programs are still being used today and the goal is that this will increase the number of referrals coming into the Proton Therapy Center.

    Nida Al-Ramahi, MHA, CSSGB

    Project: Interim Director of Operations, Covid Testing and Vaccinations

    I was responsible for the inception and implementation of Covid Response for Testing Sites and Vaccination Clinics for the Health System. I partnered with PJ Brennan, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, as well as Pat Sullivan, Chief Quality Officer. I oversaw the inception, strategic direction, and deployment of the hospital-based Covid vaccination program for the health system, administering over 343,112 doses in the region, administering 80% more than the next largest health system in the region. Of all African American immunizations given by hospitals, 42% were administered by Penn Medicine.


  • Connect with Us

    For more information about the Penn Medicine Administrative Fellowship or details about the application process, please email [email protected].

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