Cultivating the Next Generation of Health Care Leaders

The administrative fellowship at the University of Chicago Medicine serves to foster future health care leaders through opportunities to strengthen their understanding of hospital operations and management at an academic medical center. In this two-year program, fellows are mentored by and report to the chief operating officer. Fellows will also be assigned to a past fellow to connect with as an additional resource and guide throughout the two years.

Administrative Fellowship Structure

In the first year, fellows are each paired with members of the senior leadership team for approximately one to three weeks at a time to receive mentoring and guidance within their respective departments. In these rotations, fellows are also partnered with directors who will meet with them on a one-on-one basis to review project work, communicate feedback on their experience and help navigate within the organization. In addition to the rotations, the fellows have flex weeks built into their schedule to get extra experience in the rotations that interest them most. Furthermore, the fellows will participate in performance improvement, financial management and standing senior leadership and organizational meetings.

In the second year, fellows will develop a detailed understanding of area-specific operations and become active members of a local management team. As a result, fellows will gain direct exposure to employee relations issues and have substantial opportunity for project specific work that ties to strategic goals within the selected department.

Application Process

UChicago Medicine will consider applications from all qualified candidates, but we do not sponsor work visas for administrative fellows. Qualified applicants will either have a master’s degree from an accredited MHA, MPH, MBA or a related program, or be completing a residency requirement and have completed all academic coursework; have a strong interest in health care administration; and demonstrate high leadership potential. Learn how to apply to the fellowship.

2021 Informational Webinars

Register to join current and previous UCM fellows to learn more about our fellowship program.

Webinar Dates:

August 18th: Noon – 1:00 PM CST

September 2nd: 3:00-4:00 PM CST

September 20th: 11:00 AM- Noon CST

Meet Our Current & Past Administrative Fellows

Monroe Chen Monroe Chen (2021 – 2023) is from Solon, OH and earned her M.S. in Health Systems Management from Rush University. During her graduate program, she worked as an Administrative Project Assistant in Rush University Medical Center’s (RUMC) Human Resources Department where she managed pathway programs that provided career advancement opportunities for RUMC employees and the broader community. In addition, Monroe interned in the University of Chicago Medicine’s Cancer and Heart & Vascular Service Lines where she contributed to patient access and intake initiatives, creation of service line level scorecards, and more. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked as a Laboratory Manager and Research Assistant for the Speech and Auditory Research Laboratory in Cleveland, OH. Monroe completed a B.A. in Cognitive Science and Psychology at Case Western Reserve University with minors in Chinese Language and Communications. Her professional interests include workforce development, service line administration, and addressing social determinants of health to improve health equity. 

Natalie Gaines Natalie Gaines (2021 – 2023) is from Cincinnati, OH and completed her Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota in 2021. While in graduate school, Gaines completed an administrative internship with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation where she developed a staffing model for the delivery of professional addiction education and consulting services to government agencies, behavioral health organizations, and health care systems. Additionally, she worked as a student consultant for Minnesota-based organizations on projects related to the creation of an atrial fibrillation clinic and expanding substance use disorder care services to Medicaid markets. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked as a Clinical Research Assistant on research related to patent engagement and health technology at Wexner Medical Center. Gaines completed a B.S. in Public Health at The Ohio State University. Her professional interests include healthcare operations, population health, and health policy.

Administrative fellow Alban George headshotAlban George (2020-2022) is from Columbia, Maryland and has completed the didactic portion of the Masters of Health Administration program at The George Washington University. During his graduate program, Alban completed an administrative internship at Cleveland Clinic in Regional Operations where he managed a workstream to complete the business plan narrative for an emerging micro-hospital. Alban additionally created an enterprise-wide intranet length of stay community to improve network-wide collaboration related to patient flow. Today, this platform helps the exchange of internal and external best practices within Cleveland Clinics NorthEast Ohio Region. Prior to his graduate studies, George completed a B.A. in Economics at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a minor in Management of Aging Services. His professional interests include service line management, operational excellence, and patient experience.

Administrative fellow Jaime LaChapelle headshotJaime LaChapelle (2020-2022) is from Merrick, New York and earned her MPH in Healthcare Management from Boston University School of Public Health. During her time in Boston, she completed administrative internships at Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Urology and Ambulatory Management. Jaime participated in optimization projects that focused on call center decision trees, patient self-scheduling, and provider template redesigns. Additionally during COVID-19, she volunteered to schedule sick patients into temporary respiratory clinics so that patients could be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible to be tested. Her professional interests include tackling how social determinants of health impact health equity, population health, and improving the patient experience.

 Administrative fellow Lindsey Tucker headshotLindsey McDermott (2020-2022) is from Downers Grove, IL, a suburb of Chicago. She received her master’s degree in health administration from The Ohio State University in 2020. While in graduate school, McDermott worked as a Graduate Administrative Associate in the Neurological Institute at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She contributed to initiatives such as Joint Commission survey preparedness for National Patient Safety Goals and epilepsy surgery service line growth. In addition, McDermott interned at Cleveland Clinic in their children’s hospital where she created a marketing strategy for enhanced patient navigation and satisfaction across 40 sites in northeast Ohio. Prior to graduate school, McDermott completed her B.S. in Community Health with a concentration in Health Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked as a program coordinator at the National Center for Healthcare Leadership. Her professional interests include clinical operations, facilities design, and quality improvement.

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Graduate School
Current Position
Danielle McKenzie,
2019-2021
George Washington
University
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Jordan Wirtz,
2019-2021
Rush University Practice Manager, Neurology and Neurosurgery - UChicago Medicine

Brianna Brooks,
2018-2020

Boston University
Program Director, IT Strategic Programs - UChicago Medicine

Blake Dobrich,
2018-2020

Rush University Business Manager, Community Health and Hospitals Division - UChicago Medicine

Brianna Solola,
2017-2019

Rush University Strategy Manager, Women's and Children's Services - UChicago Medicine
Kristyn Acho,
2017-2019
University of Michigan Assistant Director, Heart and Vascular Service Line - UChicago Medicine

Emily Perish,
2016-2018

University of Chicago
Director of Operations and Business Development, Comprehensive Care Program - UChicago Medicine
Victoria Ng,
2016-2018
Yale University
Operations Manager, Liver Transplant - New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Brad O'brecht,
2015-2017
Washington University
Director, Population Health - Oak Street Health
Marcus Paschall,
2015-2017
University of Chicago
Director, Cancer Network Development and Program Operations - UChicago Medicine
Nico Aguilar,
2014-2016
University of Iowa
CEO - Speeko
Ruch Kumbhani,
2014-2016
Columbia University
Executive Director, Neurosciences Service Line - UChicago Medicine
Elizabeth Cozzi,
2012-2014
Rush University
Director of Operations, Cancer Center - Rush University Medical Center
Sheila Shankar,
2012-2014
Rush University
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How to Apply

Learn more about how to apply for the administrative fellowship, including necessary materials, important deadlines and contact information. 

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