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Patrick E. Fry Fellowship for Excellence in Healthcare Leadership

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In our Patrick E. Fry Fellowship for Excellence in Healthcare Leadership, you’ll receive hands-on, specialized administrative experience in a variety of settings—acute care hospitals, medical groups/foundations, and ambulatory care environments. You’ll deepen your understanding of the challenges facing today’s healthcare delivery systems, and gain insight into the workings of our integrated, not-for-profit healthcare system.

Rachael McKinney

"I have been fortunate to have had a long career with Sutter Health since my fellowship and the organization has continued to invest in my professional development over the years."

Rachael McKinney,
President, Sacramento Market
Sutter Fellow, Class of 2004 - 2005

Program Highlights

  • Develop your leadership skills while engaging in high impact regional and system-wide projects

  • Receive one-on-one mentoring with a Sutter Health executive

  • Learn through multiple skill assessments, workshops, field visits, and alumni panels

By giving you a solid grounding in today’s healthcare delivery systems, our fellowship program will prepare you to lead the way to the future.

  • Project Work

    Below is a partial list of outstanding projects and initiatives in which past Fellows have played a major role in leading and/or collaborating at Sutter Health:

    Sample Fellowship Projects:

    • Creating and implementing a comprehensive dashboard for the pediatric department. The Dashboard includes tracking of transfers and growth opportunities leading to several business plans being created.
    • Leading a hospital-wide initiative to address burnout throughout the hospital. Applied for and received funding for a 6 month pilot that include training sessions taught by a multidisciplinary team. Measures include raising the Culture of Safety and Environment of Work scores.
    • Created and presented business plans outlining possible programs for hospital, including pro forma and risk assessment allowing leadership to make informed decisions on where to utilize hospital/foundation resources.
  • Eligibility

    To qualify, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Sutter Health is unable to sponsor work visas for this position currently and in the future.

    You must be a current graduate student at an accredited university in one or more of the following programs AND must confer graduation between July 2023 - July 2025:

    • Master’s Degree in Health Administration (MHA)
    • Master’s Degree in Business Administration – with a healthcare emphasis (MBA)
    • Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH)
    • Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) with dual MBA, MHA, or MPH
    • Juris Doctorate (JD)
    • OR
    • Equal or relevant graduate degree with an focus on Healthcare Administration
  • Applications for the 2025-2026 cohort must be submitted from July 8, 2024 – August 16, 2024.


    • Initial Required Documents upon online application:
      • (Please upload any required documents through the resume/cover letter field):
        • Resume (including Volunteer/Community Benefit activities)
        • One-page statement of fellowship and career objectives
    • If contacted, Recruiter will request:
      • Two letters of recommendation (one professional, one academic)
    • If advanced to final round interviews, Recruiter will request:
      • A copy of unofficial graduate transcripts
  • Deadline

    Applications for the 2025-2026 cohort must be submitted from July 8, 2024 – August 16, 2024.

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