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Administrative Fellowship Program

A message from our executive sponsor

The Rush University Medical Center administrative fellowship program is a challenging and rewarding experience. Working in a nationally recognized academic medical center provides a unique perspective on the collaborative interaction between the clinical delivery, education and research enterprises. Rush has always had a strong commitment to education and is particularly known nationally for its practitioner-teacher education model. Our fellowship program gives two individuals the opportunity to further their development and careers by learning from and working with Rush’s senior leadership team. Our program continues to gain national recognition via its success in attracting and developing highly motivated and dedicated fellows from around the country focused on improving our organization, improving themselves and ultimately improving our health care delivery system. Rush is invested in creating successful leadership pipelines for graduate students interested in the healthcare field. As a part of this effort, we collaborate in a national effort through the National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF) to improve the administrative fellowship application process and experience.

Our program coordinator and mentors, along with senior management, encourage the fellows to take advantage of all opportunities available to them — whether it is attending a board retreat to learn more about governance, observing surgical procedures or visiting a community-based clinic. Our project-based model has allowed fellows to lead projects in areas such as supply chain operations, emergency management, solid organ transplant services and major campus planning and construction efforts, to name a few. Our current fellows provide valuable contributions within their departments and the organization as a whole during their experience. Rush University Medical Center is also a part of Rush Health, a clinically integrated network of four hospitals and over 1,200 physicians. Fellows have opportunities to learn about its efforts and work on projects across the network.

The economy and health care reform are creating new challenges for us, and I believe there is an opportunity to continue to share and learn from each other and the relationships we developed early in our careers. I hope you consider Rush as the place to start fostering these relationships and begin your journey as a future health care leader. 


Michael Dandorph
Executive Vice President and COO, Rush University Medical Center

Fellowship program details

Rush's Administrative Fellowship program is a 12-month post-graduate training program. While there are no prescribed rotations during the 12-month fellowship, fellows gain vast exposure to Rush through project-based work that is tailored to the goals of the fellow and the organization's strategic direction. Fellows will work on projects involving many different departments, functions and divisions. Each project will have a sponsor who will work with the fellow to achieve project understanding, completion and evaluation.

Fellows will meet regularly with the program's executive sponsor — Michael Dandorph — to help them discover and discuss their areas of interest in the health care environment. The fellowship program is overseen by a program coordinator and several mentors who work closely with the fellows on a regular basis.

A key attribute of this fellowship is that it exposes fellows to governance and decision-making at the most senior level. Particular attention is given to senior management forums, including selected Board of Trustees committee meetings. Access to senior level management is available throughout the fellowship, including regular mentoring meetings with senior leadership and project sponsors. Additional informal and formal interactions with employees across the entire Medical Center occurs through various meetings and project work.

Rush fellows also have opportunities to benefit from the academic community at Rush. Opportunities may include "current topics" seminars and educational and networking events provided through Rush University's various colleges and departments. Fellows will be exposed to the importance of the teacher-practitioner model followed at Rush University. This model exposes students and fellows to the research and current projects of faculty members who practice in the Medical Center, creating a rich learning environment for students and practitioners.

Fellows receive constant informal feedback on their performance from their mentors and from project sponsors. In addition to this informal feedback, each fellow receives a formal midpoint and final evaluation using the Rush leadership competency model from all project sponsors. The utilization of this model further aligns our fellows with our leadership team and prepares them for leadership roles within the organization after the fellowship. For more information on our fellowship, please view our recrutment video

Eligibility requirements and skills necessary

The Rush University Medical Center Administrative Fellowship Program is geared toward individuals who classify themselves as leaders and self-starters, and those who are interested in building a better understanding of management in an academic medical center across all of its mission components and strategic partnerships.

Qualified applicants have a Master's degree (MBA, MHA, MHSA) or equivalent course work completed from a U.S.-based university. Preferred applicants hold a Master's degree from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME); however, applications from non-CAHME programs will be accepted for review. We also accept those applicants with an outstanding residency requirement. All applicants must have completed their coursework prior to the start of the fellowship. We will work with the individual program to ensure that all requirements can be fulfilled.

Program compensation

Rush University Medical Center will provide a compensation package that is competitive with other fellowship programs. Fellows will receive the same benefits as other Rush employees, including medical, vision, dental, flexible spending accounts (health and transportation), short-term disability, long-term disability, life insurance, retirement savings plan and paid time off. Please visit for additional information about employment at Rush, including information about Chicago and the surrounding area.

Applying to the administrative fellowship program at Rush

Application requirements

Rush will be participating in the National Administrative Fellowship Centralized Application Service (NAFCAS). NAFCAS is a simplified and streamlined application process for candidates interested in applying to administrative fellowships. NAFCAS will open to applicants on July 19th.

To apply online, please visit the NAFCAS Application Portal at

Important dates

As a member of the National Council of Administrative Fellowships (NCAF) we adhere to the NCAF application timeline and process. Please see below for the 2016 standardized dates.

  • Complete applications must be submitted by Monday, October 3, 2016
  • Onsite interviews will be held in October 2016
  • Uniform offer date is Monday, November 14, 2016
  • Fellowship year begins July 3, 2017 and ends June 29, 2018

Candidates invited to interview on-site will participate in a day long series of individual and panel meetings with various Rush leaders. Candidates should plan on arriving the afternoon prior to interviews for a dinner with current and past fellows. Overnight accommodations and full reimbursement for travel expenses will be provided.