The Administrative Fellowship is a one-year program designed to provide high potential individuals with the opportunity to further develop their leadership style and analytical skills while gaining expertise in areas across the Institute. The Fellowship Program is grounded in ambulatory care training and administration.
The Dana-Farber Administrative Fellowship provides:
It is expected that the Administrative Fellow will have the opportunity to make significant contributions in diverse areas within Dana-Farber, such as:
The Fellowship will begin with a two-month rotation and shadow experience with senior leaders throughout Dana-Farber. After the rotation and for the duration of the Fellowship, the Fellow will lead and participate in high-visibility projects based on individual interests and the Institute's needs.
The Administrative Fellow reports to executive leadership, who provide valuable mentoring and strategic guidance on project involvement. The Fellow will also have direct access to senior-level management to ensure additional mentorship and performance feedback. The Fellow will receive a competitive salary and benefit package.
Dana-Farber seeks diverse, masters-prepared candidates in health care administration, business administration, public health, or related fields of study. Highly motivated individuals with 1-2 years of experience within the health care industry are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates are collaborative, excellent communicators, self-starters, and possess broad knowledge of the health care industry.
As a proud member of the National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF), Dana-Farber will be adhering to the NCAF universal application deadline and notification dates for the 2016-2017 fellow selection process:
Application requirements include:
Interested applicants should submit a completed application to Maya Espada, Administrative Fellow, at MayaM_Espada@dfci.harvard.edu by October 5, 2015. Letters of recommendation should be emailed directly from the person providing the recommendation and titled "Dana-Farber Fellowship Recommendation for Applicant's Name." The applicant should email all other materials (resume, written statement of interest, and graduate school transcript) as a comprehensive PDF in one message titled "Dana-Farber Fellowship Application - Applicant's Name."
Official or unofficial transcripts are accepted and the transcript must be sent in one email, from the applicant, along with the resume and statement of interest. Dana-Farber will request official transcripts of the top 10 semi-finalists.
Yes, we consider experience to be gained through employment, internships, or fellowships.
Yes, you can apply. The fellowship start date is flexible.
Yes, if you have an advanced degree from a U.S. accredited institution. Dana-Farber does not sponsor work visas for Administrative Fellows.
Yes. Dana-Farber will reimburse reasonable travel expenses for finalists, including airfare, one night's hotel accommodations, meals, and transportation to and from the airport and hotel.
Yes, you would have to leave your current job and become the Dana-Farber Administrative Fellow for the entire year.
No, completion of the Fellowship Program does not guarantee you a job at Dana-Farber. However, your performance during the fellowship may provide you with many great job opportunities at the Institute and elsewhere.
There are many books describing the history of health care and how it has evolved. A few that are recommended based on their unique perspective of areas within the health care field relevant to Dana-Farber include:
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of CancerSiddhartha MukherjeeThis comprehensive narrative reaches back into the depths of history to tell the biography of cancer and man's attempts at treatment and discovering a cure. The Emperor of All Maladies also highlights Dana-Farber's inception and development as an institution on the frontlines of the war on cancer.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksRebecca SklootIn a twist to the usual dialogue surrounding stem cell research, Rebecca Skloot explores a variety of moral dilemmas centered around the continued use of immortalized cancer cells from a patient in the 1950s.
The Truth in Small Doses: Why We're Losing the War on Cancer — and How to Win ItClifton LeafA decade ago, Clifton Leaf, a celebrated journalist and a cancer survivor himself, began to investigate why we had made such limited progress fighting this terrifying disease. The Truth in Small Doses brings an interesting perspective to the debate about how best to allocate our scarce resources in the cancer fight.
Maya Espada, MSPHFellowship Year: 2015-2016Graduate School: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Manny Hill, MSEFellowship Year: 2014-2015Graduate School: University of Michigan
Mary Tyson Catlin, MSFellowship Year: 2013-2014Graduate School: University of Rochester
Kelly Greeley, MBAFellowship Year: 2012-2013Graduate School: Babson College
Meredith Roberts Tomasi, MPHFellowship Year: 2011-2012Graduate School: Harvard School of Public Health
Julie Bryar Porter, MSFellowship Year: 2010-2011Graduate School: Harvard School of Public Health
Daniel Yagoda, MPHFellowship Year: 2009-2010Graduate School: Columbia University
Catherine Nwodo, MPHFellowship Year: 2008-2009Graduate School: Emory University
Tracie Lewis, MHAFellowship Year: 2007-2008Graduate School: Simmons School of Health Studies
"“The Dana-Farber fellowship provided me with an opportunity to get to know the organization and make a positive impact on patient care and the patient experience. Throughout my year as a fellow, I shadowed over 30 leaders including administrators, physicians, and nurses. Dana-Farber’s commitment to the fellow experience paved the way for mentorship and impactful project work in all areas of the Institute. I had the opportunity to contribute to various complex projects, including the launch of our new medical record system and the integration of Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care. By the end of my year-long fellowship, I had developed lasting relationships with leaders and was transformed both personally and professionally.”— Manny Hill, MSE, Fellow from 2014 to 2015
“The Dana-Farber administrative fellowship is a unique and extraordinary opportunity. Exposure to senior leadership, engaging project work, a collaborative environment, and incredibly strong mentorship are the cornerstones of this fellowship. I was able to observe high level decision-making while also empowered to lead and implement projects of strategic importance to the Institute. This combination has given me a unique perspective and set of skills that I am truly grateful for at this stage of my career. And even more valuable are the lifetime relationships built over the course of my fellowship at this mission-driven organization.”— Mary Tyson Catlin, MS, Fellow from 2013-2014
"The Administrative Fellowship at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute exceeded my already high expectations, and I consider it to be a critical milestone in my early career. I found the senior leadership at Dana-Farber to be extraordinarily generous with their time, mentorship, and opportunities for me to work on projects. Each project provided valuable lessons, such as how to effectively build and manage teams, what questions to ask when thinking about an organization’s future, and how to define and solve problems in a healthcare setting. The fellowship is relatively unstructured, which meant I was able to explore various projects and departments, and learn as much about Dana-Farber, cancer delivery, and hospital operations as possible."— Julie Bryar Porter, MS, Fellow from 2010 to 2011
"Participating in the Administrative Fellowship program was an incredible experience, and one which has greatly contributed to my professional development. The program provided a unique opportunity to work closely alongside incredibly talented and experienced leaders at a very early stage in my career. Through their mentorship, I developed a deep understanding and appreciation for the complexity involved in managing one of the country's leading cancer centers. In a relatively short period of time, I had an opportunity to work on high-visibility projects across multiple functional groups, allowing me to explore my interests while developing my skill sets. The program was an invaluable experience, and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in pursuing a career in hospital administration."— Daniel Yagoda, MPH, Fellow from 2009 to 2010
"The Administrative Fellowship at Dana-Farber provides an opportunity for bright, talented future health care executives to work, and accumulate more relevant experience, in the complex environment that Dana Farber provides. From the Institute's perspective we get to see young talent in action. Our administrative fellows are then ready for more senior level positions sooner and hopefully, if we can convince them to stay at Dana-Farber, their ramp-up time is much shorter."— David Read, MBA, MPH, Vice President for Ambulatory Care Operations and Chief Administrator, Medical Oncology
"Fellows have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of leadership and management opportunities, including executive leadership strategic initiatives, tactical/operational projects, and scholarly programs and activities. The diversity of the experiences makes this fellowship unique. Each fellow brings his/her strengths to the table — and it's a win-win for everyone."— Pat Reid Ponte, RN, DNSc, FAAN, Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief of Nursing
For more information about Dana-Farber's Administrative Fellowship program, contact:
Maya Espada, MSPHAdministrative FellowDana-Farber Cancer Institute450 Brookline AvenueBoston, MA 02215Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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