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Clinical Planning and Network Operations Fellowship

  • The Clinical Planning and Network Operations (CPNO) Fellowship is a two-year program designed to provide high-potential individuals with the opportunities to further develop their leadership styles and analytical skills.
  • The Dana-Farber CPNO Fellowship provides:

    • An opportunity for early career health care professionals to obtain an applied foundation in project management.
    • Exposure to diverse areas within Dana-Farber such as Finance, Clinical Operations, Planning, Legal, Regulatory, Quality Improvement, Strategic Planning, Pharmacy, Research Administration, Communications, Human Resources, and Information Systems.
    • Knowledge of organizational dynamics gained from working with senior leaders throughout the Institute.
    • 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.
  • Contact Us

    For more information about Dana-Farber's Clinical Planning and Network Operations Fellowships, please contact:

    Emma Green, MSW
    Project Management Fellow, Clinical Planning and Network Operations
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    450 Brookline Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215
    Email: emma_green@dfci.harvard.edu

  • The CPNO Fellow will lead and participate in high visibility projects relating to short-and long-term planning for clinical services, community site development, and network growth.

    The application process for the 2019-2021 Project Management Fellowship will open in Fall 2018.

  • Structure of the Fellowship

    The CPNO Fellowship in project management provides ample opportunities to build a peer network within Dana-Farber and across the local health care industry.

    The Fellowship is project-based and action-oriented. Each Fellow will lead and participate in high visibility projects relating to short- and long-term planning for clinical services, community site development, and network growth.

    The Fellow will have the opportunity to shadow senior leaders and observe senior-level decision-making meetings. The Fellow will also participate in professional development trainings and educational courses for health care administration and project management, both internally at Dana-Farber and through external conferences and resources.

    The Fellow will have direct access to senior-level management to ensure additional mentorship and performance feedback and will be mentored by the Senior Vice President of CPNO, who will provide valuable coaching and strategic guidance. The Fellow will receive a competitive salary and benefit package.

    The Fellow will work collaboratively with senior members of the CPNO team, as well as lead projects independently. Projects will be a mix of main campus initiatives and community-based work. The Fellow reports to the CPNO Senior Project Manager.

  • Requirements and Application

    The application process for the 2019-2021 Project Management Fellowship will open in Fall 2018.

    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 may possess some knowledge of the health care industry and/or project management and/or business development skills.

    Important dates for the Project Management Fellowship will be published in Fall 2018.

    Application requirements include:

    • Resume
    • Application packet
    • Graduate school transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
    • Contact information for two references, one of whom must be from a former employer or internship supervisor
    • Interested applicants should apply online. Please follow the instructions carefully to apply. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • 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. The transcript must be sent by the applicant through the careers website in one PDF along with the resume and statement of interest. Dana-Farber will request official transcripts of the top semi-finalists.

    Do you consider internships or fellowships as relevant experience?

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

    Can I apply if I am currently in a master's program?

    Yes, we consider applicants currently completing their master's program.

    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 CPNO Fellows.

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

    The fellowship is a full-time two-year position. You would have to leave your current job to be the CPNO Fellow for the entire two years.

    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 Dana-Farber and the health care industry?

    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 Cancer
    Siddhartha Mukherjee
    This 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 Lacks
    Rebecca Skloot
    In 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 It
    Clifton Leaf
    A 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.

  • Current Fellow

    Emma Green, MSW
    Fellowship Duration: 2017-2019
    Graduate School: University of Washington

    Past Fellows

    Emily Katz, MPH (Project Management)
    Fellowship Duration: 2015-2017
    Graduate School: Boston University
    Current Position: Manager, Clinical Planning & Network Operations
    Organization: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Elizabeth Avakoff, MPH (Business Development)
    Fellowship Duration: 2014-2016
    Graduate School: Boston University
    Current Position: Medical Student
    Organization: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Luis de Zengotita, MSW, MBA (Project Management)
    Fellowship Duration: 2014-2015
    Graduate School: Boston College
    Current Position: Manager, Clinical Planning & Network Operations
    Organization: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

  • Testimonials

    "The CPNO Project Management Fellowship allowed me to develop my project management skills while exploring the field of health care and receiving unparalleled mentorship opportunities. The Fellowship offers many outstanding professional development opportunities, including networking across Dana-Farber. This unique opportunity to connect to people in different positions and departments was key to my professional development, and helped me to take the next steps in my career path. I highly recommend this position for individuals who are exploring careers in health care and are excited to be a part of a dynamic project management team."
    — Emily Katz, Fellow from 2015 – 2017

    "The CPNO Project Management Fellowship at Dana-Farber was an amazing experience that exceeded my expectations. I learned a great deal about health care administration and project management by working on projects with expert staff across the Institute, allowing me to explore my interests while honing the skills I developed in graduate school. The position offered a great amount of exposure to senior-level management and highly talented staff across the Institute, offering a myriad of valuable mentorship and shadowing experiences. I highly recommend this position for individuals interested in developing a career in health care administration and project management."
    — Luis de Zengotita, Fellow from 2014 – 2015

    "From our perspective, we gain the opportunity to foster bright and talented future health care executives while helping them refine their skills, have exposure to senior leaders, and experience a variety of projects, while also seeking a permanent role within their area interest. The fellowship allows them to explore various interest areas beyond their project management or business development focus, including finance, marketing, operations, and many other areas within a healthcare context. Fellows gain experience and pursue learning opportunities while they add great value to our team through their work; a win for everyone involved."
    — Elizabeth Liebow, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Clinical Planning, and Community Site Operations