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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 2024:

    • MBA-health/healthcare management focus
    • MHA
    • MPH-health management & policy focus
    • JD
    • MSN with dual degree MBA, MHA, or MPH programs, with expressed interest in healthcare administration
  • For the 2024-2025 Administrative Fellowship Program, please apply online:


    The application process consists of submitting all required documentation. Applications will go through a thorough review process. Those moving to the next phase of selection will be asked to participate in a series of interviews.

    Required Documents

    Please upload the required documents to your online application:

    • Resume (including Volunteer/Community Benefit activities)
    • One-page statement of fellowship and career objectives
    • Two letters of recommendation (one professional, one academic)

    Will be requested separately should a candidate be advanced in the interview process:

    • Unofficial Graduate transcripts or completed Graduate transcripts
  • Deadline

    The application period for the 2024-2025 Administrative Fellowship Program will be from July 10, 2023 – August 11, 2023

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