The changing affair of administrative fellowships

									Mona Rath |
																			December 4, 2015

MHA Fellowship regions 2015, 2015 Copy (Conflict Copy) (4)For more than two decades, 100% of full-time Minnesota MHA students seeking post-graduate administrative fellowships and jobs have secured positions by the summer of their graduating year. High national ranking, alumni support and reputation, top-notch students, instructional rigor, and a high-touch program infrastructure all contribute to the success of our employment rate.

A changing process

More recently, the mechanism for obtaining fellowships has become a complex and changing process. Students are highly sought after by a broad national pool of top employers and can afford to pick and choose opportunities that match their professional goals and geographic preferences. With this success securing the most competitive of fellowships, our students have dramatically expanded the places they go for their fellowships. This means our geographically diverse graduates return closer to home or seek consulting positions across the country.

Residencies and fellowships explained

The summer residency and administrative fellowship are major components of the Minnesota MHA program.

The summer residency is a paid 12-week experience in a healthcare setting that occurs between the first and second year of studies. It is a course requirement that includes a clerkship report in which students apply the Minnesota Problem Solving Method. The summer residency is closely controlled by the program and all students participate. Sites are pursued and vetted by the program and expectations are established regarding the clerkship report. Students are assigned a faculty advisor.

The fellowship is a post-graduate experience and, although the program escorts them through the application process, students ultimately choose the healthcare organizations from which they apply. The program solicits, organizes and disseminates information from sponsoring organizations. Program faculty and leadership serve as a resource to students in making a decision; they encourage, but cannot direct. Approximately 80% of students pursue the fellowship option. The median starting salary for 2014 was $62,400.

Fellowships enable students to further develop their leadership, critical-thinking and problem solving skills through structured projects, departmental rotations, or a combination that exposes the fellow to senior leaders while delivering significant contributions throughout the organization.

What does the future hold?

Administrative Fellowship Orgs (5)Only recently, national health administration education organizations have initiated plans to centralize the fellowship application. It is only a matter of time before common application deadlines and offer periods are established, and we are convinced our students will fare well in this process. We also believe this will impact the sites that have traditionally served us, and we remain committed to honoring the longstanding relationships with alumni and organizations that have supported us for many years.

Alumni involvement

Alumni can serve in several important roles. If you are a mentor to a current student, it is quite likely you will have a conversation with them as they consider their career options and strategies. The experience you have gained over the years is quite valuable as they go through this process and they will appreciate the direct guidance you provide.

If your organization offers a fellowship, please consider making yourself available to talk with interested students to share your insight about your organization and the fellowship itself.   Achieving the right “match” between student and sponsor should be a primary goal as we help students make their transition from the academic experience as well as support our alumni-led organizations as they select residents and fellows.

Finally, if you are in a position to establish or influence the creation of a summer residency or fellowship position, please consider the benefits of doing so. Not only do you help advance the development of our future leaders, your organization benefits from additional administrative talent for a relatively low cost that also enables you to evaluate their potential for a permanent placement later in their career.

Contact us

Residencies and fellowships are excellent ways to recruit talented MHA students and graduates to an organization, and the program is eager to introduce you to a great set of candidates. To get started with either residency or fellowship recruitment, please contact Drew Hatton at or at (612)625-9480.

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