Administrative Fellowship

The Rochester Regional Health Administrative Fellowship Program is a 12 to 24 month, post-graduate program designed to grow and develop the next generation of healthcare leaders.  The Fellowship is a project-based opportunity with hands-on work and experiential learning. Fellows will be assigned to meaningful system-wide projects and complete additional rotations throughout the organization in order to develop key skills and gain exposure in other areas of interest.

Examples of rotations may include:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Clinical Operations
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Sustainability
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Long Term Care
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Physician Management
  • Quality and Innovation
  • Revenue Cycle
  • Strategy and Business Development
  • Support Services

Fellows will work under the guidance of an Executive Sponsor and an assigned Preceptor in order to set goals and receive structured feedback on a consistent basis. In addition, they will have the opportunity to attend strategic leadership meetings. Upon the conclusion of the program, Fellows will be responsible for delivering a capstone presentation to the Executive Leadership Team and will aid in the recruitment of new Fellows for the following year.

Desired qualifications include:

  • Natural drive and motivation to improve healthcare
  • Openness to learning and experiencing new situations
  • Strength in relationship building
  • Effective communication skills
  • Willingness to collaborate with others

Application Process

Interested candidates should apply through the National Administrative Fellowship Centralized Application System (NAFCAS) or through the ACHE website. Each year the application will open in June and close in October. Final candidates will be extended offers on the second Monday of November and then will have 24 hours to accept or decline the offer.  Candidates will need to submit the following application materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV/Resume
  • Personal Statement – Using one page, please give your statement of interest explaining your qualifications, including why you feel you would be a successful fellow
  • Graduate transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Academic
    • Professional
    • Other
  • Answers to the following questions using 250 words or less:
    • Healthcare organizations struggle to achieve excellence in patient satisfaction and engagement. How do we fix it?
    • Repeal, Replace, Revise? Explain.
    • Describe a professional competency you are working on and why you think it is important.

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Current Fellows


Annemarie Wess, MHA
2nd Year Fellow
University of Central Florida

“I chose to apply for a fellowship with Rochester Regional Health because I am a mission driven individual. This organization believes in their mission, vision, and values while recognizing their greater impact on the community. Rochester Regional Health continuously invests in growing their employees including their leaders through education and mentorship. They pursue best practices and innovative concepts like sustainability in healthcare. The senior leadership is engaged in the fellowship program and its evolution. It is difficult to choose any one program feature that I appreciate more than others because the program is so dynamic and offers a variety of healthcare experiences. If I had to choose though, I would say that I love how Rochester Regional Health empowers their employees to develop innovative and forward thinking ideas for implementation. They truly engage their employees, visitors, and community members from all levels. This is a fellowship program where professional growth is inevitable and success is fostered.” 


Rebecca King, MHA
1st Year Fellow
Georgia Southern University

“Rochester Regional Health is not only committed to the patients that they serve, but they strive to lead the healthcare industry in innovative care. While many healthcare systems claim that they are dedicated to making an impact on their surrounding communities, few can provide evidence of actually doing so. Rochester Regional exemplifies this everyday through utilizing population health as a pillar for the way that they improve quality of life for their patients and their families. Their presence throughout upstate New York can attest to their dedication to improving lives and building leaders in the organization that are devoted to serving the most underserved individuals. Pursuing a Fellowship with RRH means that you will grow exponentially as a professional, build lasting relationships, and develop the skills to become a top leader in the field all while becoming a part of a mission that is larger than yourself.”


Caroline Orr, MHA
1st Year Fellow
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

“When searching for an administrative fellowship, I wanted to find an organization that would allow me to explore as many different facets of healthcare as possible, to find my niche.  It was also important that I find an organization whose values aligned with my own, and Rochester Regional Health’s emphasis on quality, compassion, respect, collaboration, and foresight indicated a system focus on teamwork, innovation and patient care. After learning about the numerous opportunities to work alongside senior leadership, take on leadership responsibilities of my own, and the continuous emphasis on learning and development, it was clear that Rochester Regional Health offered everything I wanted in a fellowship.”


Why do you believe that your fellowship was beneficial?

“I truly loved my administrative fellowship. Not only did it offer me a bird’s eye view of how a health system operates from the most senior levels, it also gave me excellent hands-on experience. Together, this combination gave me a strong foundation for my career and introduced me to several incredible leaders who have become both lifelong mentors and some of my closest friends.”

- Amy Craib
Vice President, Operations

"The administrative fellowship gives you the freedom to make a mistake and the ability to learn from it."

- James Williams
Vice President, Integration, Lipson Cancer Institute

“The main reason I would advocate for administrative residencies/fellowships is because they allow for transferring all the theoretical knowledge acquired in graduate school into the real world. I, for one, did not fully appreciate the complexities (and opportunities) within healthcare until I began my administrative residency.  Throughout the twelve months that I spent at my residency site, a small community hospital in Western New York, I was afforded the opportunity to work in various departments, including quality, strategy, and finance. Being given this broad experience allowed me to understand what I was best at and most passionate about.  That, to me, was what made it so beneficial.”

- Patrick Briody
System Manager, Integration 

Really, to sum it up, an administrative fellowship allows the emerging leader to view the organization through the lens of a CEO.  The administrative fellowship offers the future administrator with the unique opportunity to witness the inner workings of a complex system in a safe, low-risk environment.  Finally, the fellowship experience affords the fellow with a perspective that will differentiate her from her peers, giving her a competitive advantage as she pursues career growth and advancement."

- Katrina Karas
Operations Director, Cardiology

Mentorship and Guidance

One of the many benefits of participating in an Administrative Fellowship is the relationship that Fellows form with their Preceptors. Throughout the program, Fellows will work with their Preceptors to develop goals and objectives and manage the various projects that they will become a part of. At Rochester Regional Health, we pride ourselves on selecting the highest qualified leaders to aid in the development and growth of the Fellows and Fellowship Program.


Current Preceptors:


Emily O'Banion 
Senior Vice President,
Integrated Healthcare Delivery,
Administrative Fellowship Program Executive Sponsor


Nancy Tinsley
Rochester General Hospital


James Williams
Vice President
Integration, Lipson Cancer Institute 

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I be hired at the completion of my fellowship?

    While the primary goal of the fellowship experience is to create a pipeline of future leadership for the organization including the hiring of Fellows, neither party will be obligated to do so.

  • What is the fellowship salary and are there any additional benefits?

    Rochester Regional Health offers each Fellow a competitive salary along with health, vision, and dental insurance. Additional benefits such as discounts in the community and entry to special events may also be included.

  • Is this a one or two year fellowship program?

    The Administrative Fellowship Program is a 12-24 month program allowing for flexibility in the time that the Fellow spends on professional development and project experience. Each Fellow will begin the program with the expectation of completing one year and any additional time will be evaluated by the Administrative Fellowship Governance Council.

  • How often will I be able to meet with the CEO and other executive leadership?

    Currently, Fellows have the opportunity to meet with the CEO once a month. The Fellows also sit on the Executive Leadership Team and are expected to participate as such. Fellows will experience exclusive access to Senior and Executive Leaders throughout the system.

  • Will the cost of traveling for my interview be covered?

    Should the candidate progress to the onsite interview, flights, meals, and hotel stay will all be covered by Rochester Regional Health.

  • How will fellowship projects be chosen?

    Projects are chosen based off of the goals that the Administrative Fellow will create with the aid of the Preceptor, interest area of the Fellow, and need of the organization. In addition, Fellows will be required to complete a Process Improvement project, as well as a Capstone, that they will have to present to the Executive Leadership Team at the conclusion of the program.

  • How are preceptors chosen?

    Each year, Preceptors are carefully vetted and chosen by the Administrative Fellowship Governance Council. Preceptors typically will either have experience with participating in a fellowship program, acting as a Preceptor for a fellowship program either at RRH or elsewhere, and/or also have extensive experience mentoring and coaching others throughout their career. After candidates have been selected, they will be carefully matched with a Preceptor that best fits their leadership style and fellowship goals.

  • What skills are you looking for in qualified candidates?

    Exceptional candidates will possess a deep understanding of the healthcare industry including trends and possible future implications, as well as experience with business operations. Most importantly, RRH seeks out those who have a drive for knowledge, are willing to gain new experiences, and challenge the traditional way of thinking in healthcare practices.

Contact Information

We are dedicated to answering any questions you may have in a timely manner. For further inquiry regarding the Administrative Fellowship Program, please contact one of the current fellows below or the assigned recruiter: