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UPMC International Administrative Fellowship Program

About the UPMC International Administrative Fellowship Program

The UPMC International Administrative Fellowship is a two-year leadership development program for graduate level students with a passion for International health care management.

The UPMC International Administrative Fellowship will be centered in Pittsburgh, PA, with the potential for extensive and long-term foreign travel. By serving countries including China, Italy, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Japan, Colombia, and Singapore, UPMC International has a wide range of operations across the globe.

Learn more about UPMC International

Fellows participate in core functional rotations during their first year of the program and pursue a specific interest (including an overseas assignment) during their second year of the program. Upon completion of the program, fellows are prepared to move into highly competitive roles within the organization.

Year I: Core Functional Rotations — UPMC International Fellowship

The UPMC International administrative fellow will spend the first year of the program rotating through the Health Services Division at UPMC East and McKeesport, and through UPMC International to learn more about health care administration and the foundation of UPMC’s health care expertise on a regional and global scale. Each of these campuses maintains a distinct personality and purpose within the UPMC organization, and maintains a vital role in the communities it serves.

UPMC is helping to transform health care beyond Western Pennsylvania in countries including China, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Singapore, Myanmar, and Colombia.

Throughout the first year, the fellow will be assigned an executive mentor for formalized rotations in each of the following focus areas:

  • Clinical Operations
  • Nursing/Quality
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Human Resources
  • International Services

Throughout rotations, fellows will gain structured experience in the areas of Revenue Cycle, Budgeting, and Finance. Fellows will also be given exposure to the international equivalent of each of the core focus areas, facilitating a smooth transition to international exposure in year two.

Project Examples

Examples of projects, roles, etc. that fellows may experience include:

  • Financial Analysis and Planning Projects
  • Support Departments (i.e. Parking and Security)
  • Quality Initiatives
  • Human Resources – Culture, Recruitment and Retention Initiatives
  • Physician Relations and Productivity based Incentive Plans
  • Community Outreach Development
  • Facility Design and Management (Logistics)
  • Surgical Services Oversight Committee (focus on throughput, efficiency, patients satisfaction, outcomes, and quality)
  • Cardiovascular Services
  • The Joint Commission, Joint Commission International and Regulatory Reviews
  • Productivity Studies and Process Improvement
  • Telemedicine and New Models of Care

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Year II: International Exposure — UPMC International Fellowship

The second year of the fellowship allows more flexibility in satisfying career objectives with an emphasis on gaining extensive international exposure in the delivery of advisory services, infrastructure consultation, and clinical management.

Based on the organization’s needs, fellows may have opportunities in the following countries:

  • China: Second opinion pathology consults and international hospital collaboration
  • Ireland: Cancer center
  • Italy: Transplantation, radiotherapy, and biotechnology centers
  • Japan: Education in primary care and family medicine
  • Kazakhstan: Oncology center consults
  • Singapore: Transplantation and clinical management
  • United Kingdom: Information technology and cancer care
  • Colombia: Oncology

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Supplemental Learning Opportunities

The following training and development courses will be offered to provide exposure to key areas of human resource management:

  • Journey to Management
  • New Manager Training - Physician Services
  • Communicating for Leadership Success
  • Strategic Performance Management
  • Fraud: Define, Deter, Detect
  • Generations in the Workplace
  • Addressing Poor Performance
  • Resolving Workplace Conflict
  • Crucial Conversations

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Roles and Expectations — UPMC International Fellowship

The fellow is also assigned a preceptor during each rotation. Preceptors are responsible for guidance and progress by:

  • Defining projects
  • Ensuring that the fellow's needs are being met
  • Meeting with the fellow regularly
  • Providing timely feedback regarding performance and progress

Fellows are responsible for providing their advisors and preceptors with all necessary information to ensure a mutually beneficial experience.

Fellows must also attend the following meetings:

​Meeting ​How Often
​Rotation preceptor meetings
Executive management meetings
​CFO/revenue cycle meetings ​Biweekly
​Program director meetings
Operations council
​Management forum meetings ​Quarterly
​Board meetings ​Annually

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Interested in applying for a UPMC fellowship?

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