The two-year Administrative Fellowship program is comprised of a combination of institutionally structured rotations, projects and fellow-directed activities. Fellows may apply to be based at either Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) in Chicago, IL or at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital (NLFH) in Lake Forest, IL.
The first 30 - 60 days of the first year is spent gaining an understanding of a broad spectrum of hospital and system departments through shadowing and informational interviews, and may involve participating in a project as determined by institutional need. Then the fellow will begin the first of three to four rotations, during which s/he is embedded in various departments within the hospital. One of these rotations may involve project work with NLFH if the fellow is based at NMH or at NMH if the fellow is based at NLFH.
In addition to the rotations during the first year, the fellow engages in a long-term process improvement training class and leads 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, hospital operations and community service.
The second year of either the NMH or NLFH-based fellowship is spent serving as an interim manager of a department that is selected based on institutional need and the fellow’s goals and skills.
Administrative Fellows are partnered with a mentor team comprised of a Vice President, a Director and the Administrative Fellowship program manager. The mentor team provides a mutually rewarding and satisfying experience for Administrative Fellows and members of Northwestern Memorial leadership by fostering a relationship between experienced leaders and those aspiring to leadership roles.