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Administrative Fellowship Program

Administrative Fellowship Program
City of Hope’s Administrative Fellowship Program represents a unique opportunity for qualified candidates interested in working at a highly respected, mission-based medical center and research facility. Because City of Hope provides advanced clinical care and conducts innovative research in a relatively small setting, the fellows are able to work directly with the highest level of executives and become well prepared for careers in academic medicine and research.
Developing Executive Leaders
The Administrative Fellowship Program is a one-year program beginning in July.  It is designed to cultivate executive leaders in the health care field through exposure to a wide range of operational activities and by fostering close working relationships between the fellows and City of Hope senior management. Specifically, the fellows work with the Senior Vice President of Operations (the preceptor for the fellowship), the Manager of Hospital Operations, and other members of the hospital executive team responsible for the many departments at City of Hope.
Exposure Throughout the Organization
Under the guidance of the preceptor, the fellows gain experience in and are exposed to a variety of departments throughout the medical center, research enterprise, development wing, and medical foundation.  Activities focus on a wide array of current issues in health care administration.
Project Work
Project work is a significant component of the fellowship experience.  Fellows work on both multidisciplinary teams and independently to drive forward the mission of the organization.  Past fellows have led the development and implementation of new clinical programs, supported key initiatives in City of Hope's strategic plan, and have provided management oversight to operational improvement activities.  A brief list of past projects can be found on the "Rotations and Special Project Work" page.
Who Should Apply / How To Apply
City of Hope seeks candidates who will complete their graduate course work from a Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education and/or Association of University Programs in Health Administration-accredited program (e.g., M.H.A., M.P.H., M.B.A., etc.) prior to the start of the applied fellowship year.

Rotations and Special Project Work

Organizational Involvement
Under the guidance of the preceptor, the fellows are involved throughout the organization in each of the major entities and departments within City of Hope.  This involvement is designed to expose the fellow to a wide array of issues in health care administration. In each of the areas of the medical center, research enterprise, development wing, and medical foundation, the fellow will spend time with senior management and departmental staff. The schedule of involvement during the year is designed to be flexible in order to match the interests and strengths of the fellows with the opportunities that exist at City of Hope.
Fellows will gain experience in and exposure to the following key areas:


  • Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Human Resources Management and Organizational Development
  • Clinical Process
  • Revenue Cycle
  • Quality, Regulatory, Risk Management and Accreditation
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing, Communications and Fundraising
  • Environment of Care and Safety
  • Facilities Planning and Development
  • Professional Clinical Faculty Relations / Medical Group Management
Project Work
Project work is a significant component of the fellowship experience. Projects are comprehensive and substantive, and provide opportunities for the fellow to develop marketable and effective administrative and communication skills, as well as build valuable professional relationships within the organization.


Past project work has included:
  • Development of a lung cancer screening and tobacco cessation program
  • Formation of an expanded pathology outreach services program
  • Leading the operational implementation of a robust value analysis process
  • Negotiations of union agreements


  • Organization-wide preparation for Joint Commission site visits
  • Budget planning and management for the medical center
  • Process redesign of the ambulatory care center
  • Cost, utilization and quality analysis of a language interpreter program
  • Implementation of benchmarking standards for the Blood Donor Apheresis Center
  • Coordination and evaluation of a prostate cancer screening program
  • Performance improvement evaluation of pharmacy system functionality
  • Allocation of departmental costs for Professional Medical Services Agreement utilizing time and space occupancy studies
  • Facilitation of medical center transition efforts to replacement hospital and outpatient facilities

Application Process

Who Should Apply
City of Hope seeks candidates who will complete their graduate course work from a Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education and/or Association of University Programs in Health Administration-accredited program (e.g., M.H.A., M.P.H., M.B.A., etc.) prior to the start of the applied fellowship year. In addition, candidates must hold and be able to maintain U.S. legal residency throughout the fellowship year.
Candidates should exhibit the following qualities:
  • Possess excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Have the ability to manage multiple activities, tasks, projects and meet deadlines
  • Be self-motivated and team-oriented
  • Possess strong financial analysis skills
  • Demonstrate excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
How to Apply
The application window for the 2014-2015 fellowship is now open.  All application materials MUST be received (not postmarked) on or before September 27, 2013. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Required application materials are listed on our Administrative Fellowship Application Checklist
  • Cover letter (addressed to Dale Adams)
  • Current résumé
  • Three signed and sealed letters of recommendation (at least one professional and one academic)
  • Official graduate school transcript (no photocopies)
  • Statement of intent (two page max, double spaced addressing why you are interested in an administrative fellowship and more specifically why City of Hope)
Please submit only the minimum application materials requested above to:
Dale Adams
Administrative Fellowship Program
Helford 1411
1500 E. Duarte Rd.
Duarte, CA 91010
Selection Process
The selection process will consist of three phases.
  • Phase One: A select group of candidates will be contacted for phone interviews in early October.
  • Phase Two: Final candidates will be invited to City of Hope for on-site interviews with members of the executive team in late October.
  • Phase Three: Offers will typically be extended by early November.
Contact Us
For more information about the fellowship program, or if you have any additional questions, please contact-
Erin Cheng, Administrative Fellow
Lisa Elkins, Administrative Fellow

Current and Past Fellows

Erin Cheng, MSHI
Current Role: Administrative Fellow
Fellow Year: 2013-2014

Graduate School: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Degree and Year Received: Masters of Science in Health Informatics (2013) & Masters of Science in Health Administration (Expected 2014)
Lisa Elkins, MBA
Current Role: Administrative Fellow
Fellow Year: 2013-2014

Graduate School: Anderson School of Management Unversity of California--Los Angeles

Degree and Year Received: Masters in Business Administration (2013)
Preston White, MHA

Current Role: Manager, Hospital Operations
Fellow Year: 2012-2013
Graduate School: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Degree and Year Received: Masters in Health Administration (2012)
Most Memorable Fellowship Moment: I worked with a team of physicians and administrators in Pathology to create an expanded Lab Outreach Program, which generates additional revenue for the medical center and helps build a robust Pathology department.
Preston White
Priscilla Avanessian, MHA
Current Role: Project Manager, Performance Excellence Program
Fellow Year: 2011-2012
Graduate School: University of Southern California
Degree and Year Received: Masters in Health Administration (2011)
Most Memorable Fellowship Moment: I worked with the Comprehensive Lung Cancer Program and implemented programs such as Lung Cancer Screening and Smoking Cessation.
Louis Magdits, MHA
Current Role: Director of Operations, Patient Care Services
Fellow Year: 2008-2009
Graduate School: Missouri University
Degree and Year Received: Masters in Health Administration (2008)
Most Memorable Fellowship Moment
Lenny Chen, MHSA
Current Role:Business Director, Division of Diabetes and Endocrinology
Fellow Year: 1998-1999

Graduate School: University of Michigan

Degree and Year Received: Masters in Health Services Administration

Most Memorable Fellowship Moment: Starting at City of Hope! The FY1999 budget process taught me a lot about the work environment. Processes, dynamic personalities, prioritization, you name it.


Is this a paid fellowship and if so how much is the compensation?

Yes, this is a competitively paid fellowship.

When was the administrative fellowship program developed?

The fellowship program started 15 years ago. We have two administrative fellows for the fellowship year 2013-2014.

How much vacation time is available?

All full-time employees receive a benefits package that includes vacation time. Upon employment, Human Resources will provide detailed information.

What is included in the benefits package?

Each resident will receive a full compensation package including health, dental, vision care, and paid time off during the year.

How long is the fellowship program?

The fellowship program lasts for one year beginning in July of each calendar year.

How many administrative fellows do you take each year?

We are accepting two administrative fellows for the 2014-2015 application cycle.

Am I eligible for the fellowship if I did not attend a CAHME or AUPHA school?

Yes, but please contact Erin Cheng at erincheng@coh.org or Lisa Elkins at lelkins@coh.org to verify your eligibility. Please note that you must have the course work for your graduate degree completed before you begin your fellowship year.
Fellowships and Residencies
City of Hope offers a number of exciting fellowships and residencies in laboratory cancer and diabetes research, administration, clinical applications and other areas.

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