Administrative Fellowship Experience

Throughout the two-year, two-hospital fellowship, the Fellow develops management skills and acquires knowledge in a variety of areas through active participation in administrative meetings and completion of managerial projects throughout the organizations. Under the guidance of an executive level preceptor, the Fellow is exposed to many learning opportunities. The Fellow’s career interests are important to both organizations and he or she is encouraged to pursue experiences that will benefit his/her career.

Fellows will typically be involved in developing business plans, performing market and financial analyses, assuming interim management roles, managing projects, and participating in “administrator on call” responsibilities, among other tasks.  A sample of previous fellowship projects are highlighted below.      


The fellow receives: competitive fellowship salary, comprehensive benefits (medical, dental, vision), paid time off, support for travel to one conference, and allowance for relocation expenses.

Opportunities and Experiences of Past and Current Fellows

The joint fellowship program is fellow-driven, providing project work and operational management experience throughout a variety of clinical areas. 

At Nationwide Children’s

  • Led the planning, coordination and management of the transition of a high volume Nationwide Children's Hospital Primary Care Center to a new location.
  • Served as the Interim Director of Customer Services and Patient Relations.
  • Project manager for design of NCH’s first Suburban Surgery Center, responsible for user satisfaction, budget, timeline and operations plans.
  • Served as Interim Operations Coordinator for Nationwide Children's Mobile Care Center
  • Served as operations project manager for the design and construction of a Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Ohio Health’s Riverside Methodist Hospital

At OSU Wexner Medical Center

  • Served as interim business manager for the Med/Surg Unit
  • Administrative champion for successful Ohio Department of Public Health (ODMH) accreditation survey at OSU Harding Hospital; developed the presentation delivered to ODMH during onsite accreditation survey at OSU Harding Hospital; presentation facilitated discussion for accreditation that yielded a nearly perfect report
  • Developed a comprehensive operations analysis for Talbot Hall focused on efficiency and growth
  • Prepared RFI proposal for strategic Medical Center initiatives
  • Planning and business development of a Pre-Anesthesia Center
  • Development and implementation of an Outpatient Lactation program 

Fellow Testimonial - Nationwide Children's

“During the Administrative Fellowship I developed lasting relationships. This internal network of mentors and resources has helped me to be effective in my post-fellowship roles. The diverse project work throughout both years of the fellowship combined with observing strong leadership in action, having solid mentorship and an engaged fellow alumni has prepared me for the opportunities I have pursued in the enterprise. First working with our Division of Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplant and then expanding to also include the Division of Infectious Disease and now focusing a new role within the Institute for Genomic Medicine, the fellowship has provided me a foundation that has enabled me to be a successful healthcare professional.”

- Elena Chiappinelli 

Fellow Testimonial - OSU Wexner Medical Center

“One of the benefits of this fellowship is the flexibility in how you structure your fellowship. One of my goals was to serve in an interim manager role and, about halfway through my year at OSUWMC, I was presented with the opportunity to develop and serve in a Business Manager role for the Medical Surgical Service Line in University Hospital. In this role, I report directly to the COO of University Hospital and work closely with our hospital controller, Nursing Director, and Medical Director to facilitate a variety of initiatives across the service line. I manage capital and operating budgets, serve as a liaison between the service line and our central support services (i.e. Environmental Services, Facilities, Respiratory Therapy), coordinate process improvement and customer service projects, and conduct data analysis to track performance on service line productivity metrics, identify opportunities for increased patient satisfaction, and benchmark with our peers across the country. Every day, I tap into the skills, connections, and knowledge about processes that I have developed throughout the joint administrative fellowship, and I am confident that these experiences and the support of both preceptors has been a huge contributor to my success as a Business Manager. What’s next? I formally accepted the Business Manager position in July 2017 as I wrapped up my fellowship and look forward to continuing to build a solid foundation in hospital operations that I’ll be able to leverage in any future role as a hospital administrator.”

- Cailin Falato