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Health Services Division Administrative Fellowship Track, UPMC ​Altoona

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About the Health Services Administrative Fellowship — UPMC Altoona

The two-year administrative fellowship provides exposure to all aspects of hospital and physician practice operations and management. It's ideal for those who wish to pursue a career in health administration.

UPMC Altoona is a 380-bed hospital located in Central Pennsylvania and serves as the central hub for UPMC. With nearly 3,000 employees, it is the largest employer in the county. UPMC Altoona provides a wide array of advanced tertiary and community care services. 

Throughout rotations, fellows will gain structured experience in the areas of Operations, Revenue Cycle, Budgeting, and Finance.

The two-year administrative fellowship program at UPMC Altoona allows recent Master-level graduates the opportunity to experience operational and managerial aspects of hospital and physician management. Under the executive team at UPMC Altoona, fellows will participate in meaningful projects, management opportunities, and networking.

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

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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Learn more about the Health Services Division Administrative Fellowship at UPMC Altoona

Year One Opportunities

The UPMC Altoona administrative fellow will primarily spend the first year of the program rotating through the Health Services Division at UPMC Altoona and shadow the hospital’s executive team, gaining observational and practical experience within operations and administration.

Throughout the first year, the fellow will complete formalized rotations with an assigned executive mentor per rotation. Rotations will primarily involve shadowing key executive and management teams, with supplemental project work as appropriate.

Rotations will focus in each of the following areas:

  • Hospital Operations
  • Imaging
  • Finance
  • Nursing
  • Information Technology
  • Facilities
  • Construction & Design
  • EVS
  • Surgical Services
  • Human Resources
  • Physician Recruiting/Relations
  • Altoona Regional Health Services (Physician Practices)
  • 1-Week Externship

Other opportunities approved by Fellowship Directors based on interests.

Project examples

Examples of projects, roles, etc. that administrative fellows may work on include:

  • Conducting process and workflow improvement studies
  • Coordinating various task forces
  • Serving a variety of analytical roles
  • Establishing new clinics
  • Assisting with the implementation quality-of-care improvement initiatives
  • Assisting with the integration of clinical departments across campuses
  • Assisting with the development of strategic plans
  • Exposure to financial analyses
  • Exposure to contraction negotiations with physicians and consulting firms
  • Championing various projects with senior leadership

Externship Examples

Examples of first year externships include:

  • UPMC Hamot
  • UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside
  • UPMC in Central Pa.
  • UPMC Susquehanna
  • UPMC Enterprises
  • The UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Office
  • Championing various projects with senior leadership

Year Two Opportunities

The second year of the fellowship allows more flexibility in satisfying career objectives with an emphasis on gaining direct associate management experience.

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

  • Extended or additional rotations 
  • Planning and marketing
  • Physician practice management
  • Service line management
  • Information systems
  • Health information management
  • Human resources
  • Project work as assigned by the chief executive officer, chief operations officer, or other members of senior management
  • Department management


Roles and expectations

Each 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:

  • Rotation Preceptor 1:1 Meetings (weekly)
  • Executive Management Group Meetings (weekly)
  • Strategic Growth Team (weekly)
  • Fellowship Director Meetings (monthly)
  • Operations Council (monthly)
  • UPMC Altoona Foundation Board Meeting (quarterly)
  • Board Meetings (annually)

Current preceptors

  • Mike Corso — VP, Operations
  • Jan Fisher — President/CEO
  • Monica Klatt — CFO
  • Stacey-Ann Okoth — CNO, VP of Patient Care Services
  • Dale Fuller — CIO
  • Jim Destefano — Director, Facilities
  • Dana Kopera — Director, Surgical Services
  • Joe Croftcheck — Executive Administrator, ARHS
  • Doug Heusey — Executive Administrator, ARHS

About UPMC

UPMC is a world-renowned, nonprofit health care provider and insurer committed to delivering exceptional, people-centered care and community services. Headquartered in Pittsburgh and affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC is shaping the future of health through clinical and technological innovation, research, and education. Dedicated to advancing the well-being of our diverse communities, we provide more than $1 billion every year in community benefits, more than any other health system in Pennsylvania. Our 100,000 employees — including more than 5,000 physicians — care for patients across 40 hospitals and 800 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites in Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland, as well as overseas. UPMC Insurance Services covers more than 4 million members with a focus on providing the highest-quality care at the most affordable price. To learn more, visit