Administrative Fellowship

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.

David Entwistle

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

ALPA VYAS VP of Patient Experience

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

Current Administrative Fellow

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.

Recruitment Process

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.

Application Components

  • 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)

Application Process

Applicants can submit their applications by:

  1. Apply via the Stanford Health Care Careers website (search Administrative Fellow).
  2. 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 to learn more about NCAF and the centralized application system.

Selection Process:

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.



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 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.