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

Fellows are each paired with members of the senior leadership team for approximately two to four weeks at a time to receive mentoring and guidance within their respective departments. In these rotations, fellows are 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. Learn more about the fellowship's structure.

Application Process

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


Meet Our Current & Past Administrative Fellows

Admin Fellow Brianna Brooks (2018-2020)Brianna Brooks (2018-2020) is from Carmel, Indiana, and earned her MPH in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University School of Public Health in 2018. She obtained her B.S. in Health Science with a minor in Spanish from Boston University in 2017. During her time in graduate school, Brianna completed an internship with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health where she developed a process to update the state health assessment and improvement plan. Brianna also participated in a quality improvement project for the Cambridge Health Alliance where she helped analyze the referral process for the Inpatient Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Department. Additionally, she worked at Boston Medical Center, the largest safety-net hospital in New England. Her professional interests include quality improvement as well as maternal and child health.

Current Fellow Blake Dobrich (2018-2020)Blake Dobrich (2018-2020) is from DePue, Illinois, a small rural town in north central Illinois. Blake obtained his MS in Health Systems Management from Rush University Medical Center in 2018. While in graduate school, Blake completed administrative internships at Rush University Children's Hospital and at the University of Colorado Hospital. Prior to earning his master's, he received his BA in Political Science at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Additionally, he has served as an intern for U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin in Washington, D.C. Blake's professional interests include health policy, children's healthcare, and making a difference in the care of others. 

Graduate School
Year of Fellowship
Current Position
Brianna Solola Rush University 2017-2019 Strategy Manager, Women's and Children's Services University of Chicago Medicine
Kristyn Acho University of Michigan 2017-2019 Practice Manager, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Ear Nose and Throat Surgery, Allergy University of Chicago Medicine

Emily Perish

University of Chicago
Director of Operations and Business Development, Comprehensive Care Program
University of Chicago Medicine
Victoria Ng
Yale University
2016-2018 Operations Manager, Liver Transplant New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Brad O'brecht
Washington University
General Management Consultant
The Chartis Group
Marcus Paschall
University of Chicago
Director, Cancer Network Development and Program Operations
University of Chicago Medicine
Nico Aquilar
University of Iowa
Ruch Kumbhani
Columbia University
Executive Director, Neurosciences Service Line University of Chicago Medicine
Elizabeth Cozzi
Rush University
Department Administrator, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Rush University Medical Center
Sheila Shankar
Rush University
Division Administrator, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Northwestern Medicine
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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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