Administrative Fellowship Program at Stanford Health Care
Stanford Health Care invites you to develop your leadership abilities in this rewarding, project and immersion-based program. With extensive mentorship from senior leaders and opportunities for continued learning within the academic medicine model, you will receive significant and ongoing support as you build expertise and experience working in a health system.
Administrative Fellows enjoy projects in areas that range from strategic planning, clinical operations, ambulatory care, and digital solutions, to network development, facilities planning, performance improvement, and patient experience. Additionally, your program sponsors and mentors will work closely with you to align the projects and opportunities for immersion with your areas of interest.
With an anticipated start of Summer 2019, Fellows will take part in the 12-month program, participating in a formal performance and goal setting process with mentors and receiving written feedback twice during the fellowship. You will also receive informal feedback, coaching sessions, and many opportunities for training and development throughout the fellowship program.
I am so pleased to support the Administrative Fellowship Program at Stanford Health Care. Having benefited from a similar opportunity in my own career, I wholeheartedly encourage others to do the same. At Stanford Health Care, we try to make the administrative fellowship experience substantive, challenging, and exciting to provide an array of learning experiences over the course of the year. In addition, my colleagues and I take pride in providing mentorship and guidance to our fellows. Stanford Health Care is an exciting place to work, and we are fortunate to have the Administrative Fellows contribute to many of the important initiatives and projects that lead us to success as an organization.
I look forward to seeing the growth of Administrative Fellows into great leaders, and I invite those who are interested in benefiting from this experience to explore the Stanford Health Care administrative fellowship program.
David Entwistle, President & CEO
It has been a pleasure to be a mentor for Administrative Fellows since the inception of the program at Stanford Health Care. I have seen talented individuals with immense potential use their skills and experience to grow into leaders within the organization and beyond. As a former fellow myself, I enjoy providing guidance to the fellows to equip them with the knowledge and resources they need to take full advantage of their administrative fellowship experience.
In the early days of the fellowship, Administrative Fellows are exposed to projects within my department of Patient Experience, giving them both a system-wide and a patient-centric perspective when contributing to projects in various other areas of the organization. Our Stanford Health Care Administrative Fellows have the unique experience of contributing to high-priority projects within the organization, gaining thorough exposure to the academic medical center model, and learning the breadth and depth of a health system.
This is a truly great program for young health care leaders who aspire to learn and grow.
Alpa Vyas, VP of Patient Experience
Nicole Altamirano earned her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University where she double majored in Political Science and Medicine, Health, and Society and minored in Corporate Strategy. Through her classes, intern and research positions, and volunteer experiences in the greater Nashville community, Nicole discovered her passion for healthcare management. To expand her knowledge of the field and prepare herself to make the greatest impact, she moved to New York to pursue her Master of Healthcare Administration at Columbia University.
As a graduate student in the Health Policy and Management department, Nicole sought opportunities to expand her knowledge of healthcare delivery, completing her Administrative Residency at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she focused on process improvement and program development in the Patient Financial Services Department. Her work with Mt. Sinai’s DSRIP group furthered her exposure to hospital operations while peaking her interest in other areas of hospital management, including quality and strategy.
Nicole’s desire to continue building her experience and understanding of the hospital operations along the continuum of care in a leading Academic Medical Center drew her to the fellowship program at Stanford Health Care. She is excited to embrace lean methodology and work to improve the patient experience while starting her career at the intersection of medicine and management.
Stanford Health Care
(SHC’s First Administrative Fellow, 2012-2013)
A health care professional for nearly 15 years, Bryanna graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Health Services Administration from the University of San Francisco. After completing the fellowship program in 2013 as SHC’s first Administrative Fellow, she joined the management team, overseeing patient experience programs. Her role includes the strategic development and deployment of patient satisfaction data collection and performance improvement initiatives related to that experience data, from complaint and grievance management to recognitions and celebrations. She also oversees the Volunteer Resources and Patient & Family Partners team, engaging about 1000 volunteers in meaningful opportunities across the organization.
In addition to her work at Stanford Health Care, she remains active in many local and national healthcare organizations. She served as a Board Chair for the Communication and Higher Education Network Committees for the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL), and was awarded the 2016 CAHL Volunteer of the Year Award and 2017 American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Early Careerist Regent Award. She is currently the active Past-President of the Women Health Care Executives (WHCE), one of seven ACHE Women Health Executive Networks. Bryanna recently joined The Beryl Institute Advisory Board and is among the earliest cohort of leaders to achieve the credential of Certified Patient Experience Professional (CPXP) from the Patient Experience Institute.
MountainView Regional Medical Center
(Administrative Fellow, 2013-2014)
Isiah Zirkle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Brigham Young University and a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota. As Assistant Chief Executive Officer of MountainView Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, he leads a number of departments and is responsible for key growth initiatives, including the expansion of the emergency department and OR suites.
Isaiah completed his Administrative Fellowship with Stanford Hospital & Clinics in 2014, gaining insight into nearly every aspect of the organization, from operational issues to the highest level strategic planning. As part of the Performance Excellence team, he was trained in principles of lean thinking and process improvement, and was able to apply those skills throughout the organization, particularly within the oncology service line.
Stanford Health Care
(Administrative Fellow, 2014-2015)
Katherine graduated with a B.A. in Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan where she also completed her Master of Health Services Administration. She joined Stanford as an Administrative Fellow in 2014, completing rotations and projects in the areas of Finance, Human Resources, Operations, and Strategy with University HealthCare Alliance (UHA), the medical foundation of Stanford Health Care and Stanford Medicine.
Katherine currently serves as the Director of Business Operations, supporting a medical group affiliated with UHA. She is responsible for physician compensation, benefits, and performance management as well as oversees general corporate finance, human resources, and communications.
Emergency Medicine Residency
(Administrative Fellow, 2015-2016)
Dr. Rachel Rizal graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a B.A. in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and received her M.D. from Stanford School of Medicine. Prior to joining Stanford Hospital, Rachel launched a Philippines national HIV awareness campaign, worked with the World Health Organization to improve newborn vaccination rates, and created a resource center and health screening program for patients in Stanford Health Care’s emergency department.
During her administrative fellowship, Rachel focused on hospital operations, scalability, patient experience, and design. One of her main projects was applying lean operations to improve processes such as supply chain and patient flow in recently acquired primary care clinics, gaining insights in operational aspects from IT systems to clinic construction. These insights will help her improve health care delivery, coordination, and education.
Stanford Health Care
(Administrative Fellow, 2015-2016)
Currently working as Manager of the Pulmonary Service Line, Jared is responsible for creating shared goals, driving strategic initiatives, and promoting operational effectiveness among the various pulmonary programs within the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, including inpatient and outpatient settings.
Jared joined Stanford Health Care in 2015 as an Administrative Fellow. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Jared received his Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management. During his time at BYU, Jared worked for Intermountain Healthcare as an Emergency Department Registrar. In April of 2015, Jared graduated with his Master’s in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.
Fairview Health Services
(Administrative Fellow, 2016-2017)
Patrick is the Director of Project Management & Integrations with Fairview Health Services, an 11-hospital system based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In his current role, Patrick reports to Fairview’s corporate CEO and supports integration efforts across Fairview Health Services.
As a 2016-2017 Stanford Health Care Administrative Fellow and 2015 Graduate Student Intern, Patrick supported a variety of strategic and operational projects across Stanford, including a number of projects focused on lean improvement and patient experience transformation. He completed his Master's degree in Health Services Administration at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and earned a Bachelor of Science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
(Administrative Fellow, 2016-2017)
Priya Joshi is the Associate Director of Strategy at CityMD, a private equity-backed startup based in New York that provides high quality, easily accessible, and convenient care through 100+ urgent care sites in New York, New Jersey, and Washington. In her current role, she works on various enterprise growth initiatives as well as manages value-based care programs with payers and providers.
Priya joined Stanford Health Care as an Administrative Fellow in 2016, where she gained exposure to the depth and breadth of an academic health system as well as contributed to various strategy and operations projects across the organization. Post-fellowship, she worked on the Strategy and Market Development team at Stanford, helping to develop strategic insights and assess the business impact of new market opportunities and current initiatives. Prior to Stanford, Priya worked in various capacities at several healthcare organizations, including the New York State Health Foundation, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Primary Care Development Corporation. Priya earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan and Master of Health Administration (MHA) from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Stanford Health Care
(Administrative Fellow, 2017-2018)
Sinthu Sinnadurai currently serves as Director of Business Operations and Strategic Initiatives for Clinical Operations at Stanford Health Care. In this role, he is responsible for the financial operations, new program development and business operations for pharmacy, radiology, clinical & anatomical labs and the Stanford Blood Center. Additionally, Sinthu oversees the strategic growth of Stanford’s first outpatient specialty pharmacy.
Sinthu joined Stanford Health Care from Cornell University, where he completed his Master of Health Administration. He brings over 5 years of experience in performance improvement, physician integration, and clinical effectiveness. Prior to joining SHC, Sinthu worked with several healthcare institutions including Centura Health, Cayuga Medical Center, Gannett Health Services, and the Royal Ottawa Hospital. Sinthu holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa and Black Belt Certificate in Six Sigma from Cornell University.
Stanford Health Care
(Administrative Fellow, 2017-2018)
Eric Pace currently serves as Manager of Operations at University HealthCare Alliance, the medical foundation of Stanford Health Care. In this role he oversees the onboarding of new medical practices and the deployment of key operational initiatives across the network.
Eric joined Stanford Health Care from the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business where he obtained his Master's in Business Administration. He also holds degrees in Biological Sciences and Spanish Language. As a 2017-2018 Administrative Fellow, Eric supported key projects in areas including strategic planning, business development, and ancillary services.
Stanford Health Care is part of the National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF) and follows the NCAF application timeline. Applications are due on October 1st, 2018 (11:59pm EST) and decisions will be made on November 12, 2018. On-site interviews will occur the week of November 5th, 2018.
- Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and must be actively pursuing a master's degree from an accredited college or university in one or more of the following fields of study or related degree programs: Hospital Administration / Health Services Administration, Business Administration, Public Health.
- Work visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
- Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Personal Statement (1-2 pages) that outlines career objectives and interest in pursuing a fellowship position at Stanford Health Care
- Official Graduate School Transcript
- Three (3) Letters of Recommendation: (1) academic, (1) professional, and (1) other (academic, professional, or a letter from your program director)
Applicants can submit their applications by:
- Apply via the Stanford Health Care Careers website (search Administrative Fellow).
- Apply via the National Council on Administrative Fellowships’ centralized application system (NAFCAS). The application portal will open Summer 2018 and application materials will be due no later than October 1st, 2018 (11:59pm EST). Visit nafcas.liaisoncas.com to learn more about NCAF and the centralized application system.
Applications due: October 1st, 2018 (11:59pm EST)
Phone Interviews: October 15-16th, 2018 (tentative)
On-site Interviews: Week of November 5th, 2018
Final Decision: November 12th, 2018
Start Date: June 2019 (Negotiable)
Stanford Health Care is part of the National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF) and follows the NCAF application timeline.
- Please contact SHCAdministrativeFellowship@stanfordhealthcare.org.
Who oversees the Stanford Health Care Administrative Fellowship?
David Entwistle, President & CEO of Stanford Health Care, and Alpa Vyas, Vice President of Patient Experience, are the executive sponsors of the administrative fellowship program. The fellowship programmatically sits under the Patient Experience department. In addition to both David and Alpa’s oversight and guidance, the fellow will receive mentorship from Bryanna Gallaway, former Administrative Fellow and Director of Service Excellence, as well as various project preceptors.
Can the fellowship be used for residency placement in order to complete my Master’s degree?
Yes, incoming fellows may use the Stanford Health Care administrative fellowship as a residency requirement.
Is the Administrative Fellowship a paid position?
Yes, Administrative Fellows are considered full-time employees and are offered a competitive salary and employee benefits for the duration of one year.
How many fellows are accepted each year?
This year, Stanford Health Care will be selecting one Administrative Fellow.
When can I expect to hear about progress regarding my application?
Stanford Health Care is part of the National Council of Administrative Fellowships (NCAF), and follows the timeline used with the National Administrative Fellowship Application System (NAFCAS) process. Therefore, completed application materials are due on October 1st, 2018 (11:59pm EST) and final decisions will be made on November 12th, 2018.
Am I guaranteed a position at Stanford Health Care upon completion of the fellowship?
While it is the hope and intent that the Administrative Fellows will continue working for Stanford Health Care, there is no formal obligation from either party to either offer or accept a position post-fellowship.
What other employment opportunities are currently available at Stanford Health Care for recent graduates with an MHA, MBA or MPH?
Current job postings are found on the Stanford Health Care's job postings pages and are updated on a regular basis and can be found with the following link: Talent Community.
Are other training programs or internships available at Stanford Health Care?
Training, internships and employment opportunities are generally posted and updated regularly on the Stanford Health Care website on the job postings pages. In addition, you can visit Stanford's internship web page or Stanford training programs’ web page for listings of available opportunities. These can be found with the following link: Talent Community.
Who can I contact if I have further questions or would like to learn more about the fellowship program?
Please contact SHCAdministrativeFellowship@stanfordhealthcare.org with any inquiries.
To learn more about the Stanford Health Care Administrative Fellowship program from current and past Fellows, please join of the following informational webinars.