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Health Services Division Administrative Fellowship​ Track, UPMC Hamot

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About the Health Services Administrative Fellowship — UPMC Hamot

The two-year health services division administrative fellowship at UPMC Hamot provides exposure to all aspects of health system operations and management. It's ideal for those who wish to pursue a career in any aspect of health system administration.

The Health Services Division Administrative Fellowship in Erie County will be centered at UPMC Hamot. Serving communities in northwestern Pennsylvania, western New York, and eastern Ohio, UPMC Hamot is a 446 bed, tertiary-care medical facility and regional referral hub.

The two-year fellowship provides exposure to all aspects of health services administration operations and management. Fellows will experience:

  • High-level exposure to processes in an academic medical center, community hospital settings, and an employed physician group practice during first-year rotations
  • Operations in clinical, financial, physician, and nursing departments
  • Mentoring from senior-level executives

​Learn more about UPMC Hamot.

Year One: Core Functional Rotations — UPMC Hamot

Health Services Division Administrative fellows spend their first year rotating with the executive team at UPMC Hamot. Throughout rotations, fellows will gain structured experience. Rotations will focus on the following areas:

  • Hospital Operations
  • Governance
  • Marketing
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Business Development
  • Finance
  • Nursing
  • Information Technology
  • Facilities
  • Construction & Design
  • Regional Development
  • Surgical Services
  • Human Resources
  • Physician Recruiting/Relations
  • 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
  • Exposure to financial analyses
  • Championing various projects with senior leadership
  • Community outreach

Externship Examples

Examples of first year externships include:

  • 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: Flexible Year — UPMC Hamot

The second year of the health services division administrative fellowship allows more flexibility in satisfying career objectives.

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

  • Extended or additional rotations
  • Strategic planning
  • Marketing
  • 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
  • Regional hospital projects


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 fellows' needs are being met
  • Meeting with fellows 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.

Health Services Division Administrative fellows must also attend the following meetings:

  • Rotation preceptor meetings (weekly)
  • Executive management meetings (weekly)
  • Management team meetings (monthly)
  • Management forum meetings (quarterly)
  • Board meetings (bi-monthly)


  • David Gibbons — Senior Vice President, Health Services Division and Market President Northwest Pa. and New York and North Central Pa.
  • Lynn Rupp — Vice President, Administrative Services and President, Regional Health Services
  • Emily Shears — Vice President, Operations
  • Jim Donnelly — Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President, Patient Care Services
  • Bradley Dinger — Chief Financial Officer

Current Fellow

Jessica Vattiprolu

Jessica Vattiprolu
Second Year Fellow
University of Minnesota