The below outline illustrates how a fellowship could be structured and highlights the main components of our program.*
During the first month of the Program, fellows participate in informational interviews with members of the executive leadership team. These meetings serve as an introduction to the organization and potential projects, and also lay the foundation for ongoing relationships between Fellows and the leadership team.
Fellows and their preceptor select projects that are mutually beneficial to the fellow and the organization. Fellows have the ability to select projects that allow them to explore areas of particular interest and that will push them to further develop their leadership skill set.
Senior Leadership Meetings
Fellows are invited to attend standing leadership meetings, such as the weekly Senior Leadership Council, monthly Managers Meeting and quarterly Executive Council. These meetings provide Fellows with a unique insight to the direction of the organization and into how decisions are made in health systems.
Tours and Shadowing
Educational tours of various departments throughout the medical center are arranged for the Fellow. A Fellow may request to shadow a senior leader at various intervals throughout the fellowship.
Fellows are paired with a senior leader who provides guidance and oversight while the fellow serves a 24-hour, 7-day rotation as Administrator On-Call (AOC). Fellows are encouraged to serve as AOC several times throughout their fellowship.
In addition to the projects during the first year, fellows engage in long-term process improvement training classes and lead a process improvement project that may or may not be in an area of rotation. Projects are selected from current organizational priorities, such as business development, strategic planning, and hospital operations.
Presentation to Senior Leadership
At milestone moments during the fellowships, Fellows will provide a presentation to Senior Leadership focusing on project progress, deliverables, lessons learned, as well as opportunities for growth.
Rotation through key areas of Hospital Operations
Fellows have the opportunity to rotate through various departments within the medical center and clinics. The rotations are intended to give fellows exposure to working with physicians, nurses and other clinical staff, as well as an opportunity to observe frontline procedures and patient care. Eight months of the second year are spent serving as an interim manager of a department that is selected based on institutional need and the fellow's goals and skills.
Final Four months
The final four months of the fellowship provide the fellow with an opportunity to select an area of interest, and potentially of future employment with UCSF.
At the end of the fellowship, the fellow will deliver a presentation to the senior leadership of UCSF Medical Center, describing one or several projects and their outcomes and highlighting major health management issues to which they were exposed. A certificate of completion will be presented upon completion of the program.
Fellows will be officially evaluated by their preceptors in January and June of each year using an online evaluation tool.
*The Fellowship contract is for up to two years, meaning, you are free to apply for a position at UCSF or another institution during the Fellowship.