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Administrative Fellowship

About the Program

The MU Health Care Administrative Fellowship Program is a two-year management experience, that provides each fellow with the opportunity to apply specific graduate study principles in the practical work setting of a fully integrated health care delivery system. The fellowship is guided by senior leadership from MU Health who are committed to providing a premiere learning experience to foster future health care leaders. Fellows are exposed to a wide variety of current and challenging administrative issues and are able to test both interests and skills in various disciplines.

During year one, the fellows participate in function-specific rotations in Operations, Finance, Business Planning/Marketing, and Quality/Safety/Patient Experience. During each three-month rotation, the fellows will work alongside key leaders in order to enhance mastery of key competencies. During year two, the fellows can participate in rotations such as Operations, Tiger Institute, Network Development, Analytics, Human Resources, Community Affiliations, or customized rotations based on areas of interest. The fellows will also have the opportunity to lead major projects that are critical to the vitality of the health system. Finally, fellows have the opportunity to apply the skills learned during rotations and project work in interim management assignments when appropriate.

Specific duties of fellows may include:

  • Demonstrate customer service and patient safety values that are key to providing high quality service to patients and guests.
  • Conduct statistical, financial, operational and other analyses to support management proposals and decisions.
  • Provide project assistance to multiple areas of hospital operations, including inpatient services, ambulatory care, quality improvement initiatives, financial planning, and business development.
  • Manage projects as assigned within the hospital.
  • Apply performance improvement methodologies to drive results with rapid Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles.
  • Complete departmental rotations to gain broad exposure and knowledge of operational workings while simultaneously being introduced to a network of contacts.
  • Remain up to date with trends and innovations in health care service delivery and finance.

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Why Work at MU Health Care?

MU Health Care consistently receives recognition as a leader in providing high-quality, innovative health care services. MU Health Care received the designation as one of Missouri’s first Level I Time Critical Diagnosis Stroke Centers, the highest recognition a hospital can receive for its stroke program. MU Health Care is also a leader in the development and provision of leading-edge health care services in offering the Mizzou BioJoint, a breakthrough in the field of orthopaedic surgery. In 2014, the United HealthSystem Consortium awarded MU Health Care the UHC Quality Leadership Award for demonstrated excellence in patient care. In 2015, MU Health Care received the global HIMSS Enterprise Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for health care technology innovations that are improving patient outcomes. In addition, for the sixth consecutive year, MU Health Care was recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” health systems in 2016 for its leading-edge health care information technology.

MU Health Care, whose mission is to advance the health of all people through exceptional clinical service, helps improve health care access for Missourians through its membership in the Health Network of Missouri (HNM). A collaborative network of six health care organizations, HNM’s goals are to improve health outcomes, share health care best practices, improve patient access, ensure coordinated patient care among various providers, and create efficiencies that lower health care costs. In an effort to improve health care quality and clinical integration in the region, MU Health Care is also a member of MPact Health, a multi-state Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) comprised of over 3,000 physicians and 49 hospitals. MPact Health allows physicians and hospitals to work together on clinical integration, quality improvement, and contracting, ultimately leading to quality improvements and innovation in each geographic market.

Located in central Missouri, Columbia is home to the University of Missouri and is consistently ranked nationally as one of the most desirable places to live. This unique city combines the quality and culture of larger metropolitan areas with lower housing costs, excellent schools, and beautiful neighborhoods. Through innovations in health care management and health care provision, MU Health Care aspires to also make Columbia, Missouri a medical destination for exceptional health care services.

A Message from Mitch Wasden, MU Health Care CEO

"The University of Missouri Health Care Administrative Fellowship Program offers a unique opportunity to work with senior leadership on a daily basis. While the Fellowship provides a structure of meetings and key experiences, it also allows a certain degree of project flexibility so each Fellow can pursue areas of personal interest. The goal is to equip the Fellow with the skills necessary to be successful in their career. Fellowships have often been used by organizations as an important pipeline for future leadership roles. At the University of Missouri our program accepts two Fellows each year in an effort to assist in developing future leaders in health care."