UC San Diego Health Administrative Fellowship

The Administrative Fellowship at UC San Diego Health is a one-year program, that provides on-the-job training in the skills and responsibilities required of an administrator in a major academic health system. Reporting directly to the executive team, the fellow assumes increasing levels of responsibility by working with administrators and staff at all levels of the organization.

Structure of the Fellowship

The initial phase of the Fellowship consists of rotations throughout the Health System designed to educate and orient the Fellow to the functions and structure of the organization. The Fellow will rotate with each member of the executive team. The Fellow will have the chance to meet with department managers and key faculty, participate in committee meetings and councils, shadow leaders at the highest level of the organization, and work on projects and tasks. Each rotation provides a link between a department’s role/function and relationship to other departments. Rotations allow the Fellow to experience and observe different managerial styles and develop a better understanding of the issues and challenges facing the Health System.

After rotations, the Fellow is encouraged to use their remaining appointment to focus on projects and management experience based on the priorities of the Health System and the interests and growth opportunities for the Fellow. Projects may include:

  • Program design and implementation
  • Policy evaluation and procedure development
  • Operational processes and workflow analysis
  • Staff and line support
  • Financial impact and budget review
  • Compliance and regulatory assessment
  • Utilization management analysis

Experiential Model

The Fellow’s role is an active, participatory one. The Fellow attends all appropriate meetings and is involved in committee work. The feature that most distinguishes this program is the level of hands-on experience. The Fellow is able to play a role of genuine importance both in UC San Diego Health's day-to-day administrative operations, and in the overall planning of its future. The opportunities are unlimited. The individuals who complete an administrative fellowship at UC San Diego Health are in a unique position to gain entry into the field of healthcare administration and begin a dynamic career by taking advantage of their experience.

Salary and Benefits

The Administrative Fellowship is a full-time, salaried position. UC San Diego Health offers a competitive salary and full benefits including, but not limited to, accrual of vacation/sick time, pension, as well as medical, dental, and vision insurance. The Fellow is also eligible for reimbursement for one national healthcare conference in order to further his or her professional development.