• Administrative Fellowship Program

    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:

    • Knowledge of organizational dynamics gained from working with senior leadership throughout the Institute
    • An opportunity for inexperienced managers to obtain an applied foundation in financial management, ambulatory care management, research administration, human resources administration, facility, and strategic planning
    • An understanding of the common values shared by all health care professionals at Dana-Farber
    • Advanced experience directed towards preparing fellows for administrative leadership positions in research/academic medical institutes

    Structure of the fellowship

    It is expected that the Administrative Fellow will have the opportunity to make significant contributions in diverse areas within Dana-Farber, such as:

    • Clinical business development
    • Clinical operations
    • Communications
    • Development
    • Finance
    • Human resources
    • Information systems
    • Patient care services
    • Research administration
    • Strategic planning
    • Quality improvement

    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 slary and benefit package.

    Application process

    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.

    Important dates:

    • Fellowship Application Deadline: October 4, 2012
    • Finalists Interviews: November 2013
    • Fellow Selection and Notification: Late November 2013
    • Fellowship Dates: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

    Application requirements include:

    • Resume
    • Written statement of interest in the Fellowship Program and how it would further the applicant's career objectives (1-2 pages)
    • Official graduate school transcript
    • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a graduate school professor

    Interested applicants should submit a completed application to Mary Tyson, Administrative Fellow, at mary_tyson@dfci.harvard.edu by October 4, 2013. 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."

    Frequently asked questions

    Is an official transcript required? Should I include my transcript with my application or should I have the school send it directly to Dana-Farber?

    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.

    Do you consider internships or fellowships as relevant experience?

    Yes, we consider experience to be gained through employment, internships, or fellowships.

    Can I apply if I will be graduating in August?

    Yes, you can apply. The fellowship start date is flexible.

    Can I apply if I am an international student?

    Yes, if you have an advanced degree from a U.S. accredited institution. Dana-Farber does not sponsor work visas for Administrative Fellows.

    If I am selected to come to Boston for an interview, will Dana-Farber reimburse my travel expenses?

    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.

    If I am selected for and accept the fellowship, do I have to leave my current job?

    Yes, you would have to leave your current job and become the Dana-Farber Administrative Fellow for the entire year.

    Does the completion of the fellowship guarantee me a job at Dana-Farber?

    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.

    Where can I learn more about the Boston healthcare market?

    The Center for Studying Healthcare Change recently produced a good overview of the healthcare market in the Boston metropolitan area. Read the report 

    Current Fellow

    Mary Tyson, MS
    Fellowship Year: 2013-2014
    Graduate School: University of Rochester

    Past Fellows

    Kelly Murphy, MBA
    Fellowship Year: 2012-2013
    Graduate School: Babson College

    Meredith Roberts Tomasi, MS
    Fellowship Year: 2011-2012
    Graduate School: Harvard School of Public Health

    Julie Bryar, MPH
    Fellowship Year: 2010-2011
    Graduate School: Harvard School of Public Health
    Position: Project Manager, Quality Initiatives
    Organization: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Daniel Yagoda, MPH
    Fellowship Year: 2009-2010
    Graduate School: Columbia University
    Position: Health Engineer, Critical Care
    Organization: Massachusetts General Hospital

    Catherine Nwodo, MPH
    Fellowship Year: 2008-2009
    Graduate School: Emory University
    Position: Health Information Services and Privacy Manager
    Organization: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Tracie Lewis, MHA
    Fellowship Year: 2007-2008
    Graduate School: Simmons School of Health Studies
    Position: Corporate Team Lead, Pharmacy Information Systems
    Organization: Partners Healthcare


    "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, 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 pursing a career in hospital administration."
    Daniel Yagoda, 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, Chief Administrator, Medical Oncology 

    "The Administrative Fellowship is an excellent opportunity for a recent grad to explore multiple areas of interest and opportunity and contribute to the organization. The fresh perspective, enthusiasm, and inquisitiveness of the Fellows has been a positive contribution every year. As leaders, I believe that it is our obligation to mentor our future executives."
    Hugh Kelleher, Vice President of Operations 

    "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 


    Contact us

    For more information about Dana-Farber's Administrative Fellowship program, contact:

    Mary Tyson, MS
    Administrative Fellow
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    450 Brookline Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215
    Phone: 617-632-5328
    Email: mary_tyson@dfci.harvard.edu  

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