First Health Administration Fellowship Fair Connects Students with Healthcare Organizations

Nearly three dozen health administration students met with representatives from 14 healthcare organizations at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health’s (Milken Institute SPH) first health administration fellowship fair. Held on September 28, the fair was the first of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The healthcare organizations in attendance matched the spectrum of different types of organizations that offer fellowships to health administration students. Students learned about opportunities at single specialty medical group practices, freestanding hospitals and hospital systems. The largest healthcare provider at the event was the Hospital Corporation of America, which comprises locally managed facilities including 178 hospitals and 119 freestanding surgery centers in 20 U.S. states and the United Kingdom.

The majority of the students at the fair were from the Milken Institute SPH’s Masters of Health Administration program. Health administration students from other universities in the region with health administration programs accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, including Georgetown, George Mason and Marymount Universities, were also invited to attend.

Fellowships prepare early careerists for success
The MHA program at the Milken Institute SPH includes a year-long fellowship requirement for early careerists “because the experience that young administrators gain during this transition prepares them for success,” explains Doug Anderson, PhD, MHA, FACMPE, a teaching associate professor. “Completing administrative fellowships enables our students to apply their knowledge in settings with unparalleled access to administrators in top management who serve as mentors. During their fellowships, our students are invited to board meetings and other gatherings of top hospital personnel.”

The healthcare organizations in attendance at the fair included some that rely on the National Center for Healthcare Leadership’ program to match students and facilities, as well as other organizations that do not participate in the program. Some of the organizations conducted onsite interviews with students interested in pursuing a fellowship at their facilities.

Alumni of the George Washington University MHA program hold key positions at a number of the organizations where our students do their fellowships. All students enter their fellowships with a series of goals for mastering key competencies, which they discuss with their GW faculty advisors in monthly and quarterly reports over the year they are completing their fellowship.

“At the end of their fellowships, our students are inevitably offered fulltime positions at the facilities where they do their residencies,” Anderson says.