Administrative Fellowship Program


The primary intent of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Hospital Administrative Fellowship Program is to offer early careerists an opportunity to develop their leadership style and to use their skills and competencies in the day-to-day operations of a large, academic, specialty not-for-profit hospital. The fellowship is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program that consists of operational rotations and a diverse set of projects tailored to each fellow. Project-based in nature, the fellowship enables the fellow and the designated preceptor to determine the appropriate project portfolio through a concentration option that ensures a learning environment and the ability to translate academic theory into practice. Since the fellows are at MD Anderson to learn and grow as healthcare professionals, they will plan their goals and objectives for the year and will refine these goals throughout the year with their preceptor.  

MD Anderson consistently receives top cancer rankings

U.S. News & World Report’s "Best Hospitals" survey has ranked MD Anderson one of the top two U.S. hospitals for cancer care every year since the survey began in 1990. Many who come to MD Anderson for care seek the latest therapies, diagnostics, surgical techniques and prevention strategies. There are currently over 1,000 active clinical research protocols within the organization.

MD Anderson ranks first in number of grants awarded, including 12 Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grants, and total amount of grant dollars from the National Cancer Institute.  With a competitive, top-rated curriculum, the fellowship program matches MD Anderson’s national and international excellence.

Learn about the intricacies of a unique academic medical center

The administrative fellowship offers an opportunity to learn about the structure, philosophy, values and mission of the organization. MD Anderson is a part of The University of Texas System and focuses on cancer prevention, research, education and patient care. With a closed medical faculty, fellows learn about the interrelations of the medical center components in an environment that supports and encourages learning.

Rotate through key departments

Fellows spend the first two months rotating through several key departments of the hospital. This provides the fellows with an opportunity to become familiar with the institution, meet leaders and identify areas for further project work or rotations. Departments are familiar with the program and enjoy meeting the new fellows each year.

Shadow and work closely with the senior operations team

Fellows are immediately welcomed to be a part of the senior operations team. Fellows spend time shadowing key leaders to gain perspective on the day-to-day challenges and decisions faced. Also, fellows work closely with the senior operations team on projects that further the organization’s goals. 

Choose a concentration and be partnered with an executive mentor

Following the completion of rotations, the fellows have the opportunity to choose a concentration in Performance Improvement/Quality, Finance, Operations or Information Systems.  Once concentration areas are selected, a second—more specific—set of rotations occur in the area of interest to the fellow. Unlike the broad-based rotations, tours through these areas are focused on operational mechanics and analysis within departments and areas of interest. Related governance standards (i.e., ACHE, HFMA, CPHIMS, TAPE) consistent with the concentration, also serve as credentialing milestones for fellows who qualify. In addition to the overall preceptor-fellow relationship, the selection of a concentration also provides fellows with an added level of mentorship from leaders within their concentration area.  This allows administrative fellows to not only gain exposure to various types of leadership and managerial skills through daily interaction with all members of the Senior Operations Team, but to form a strong mentor relationship with executives regarding project management and exposure to strategic initiatives as it relates to career interests.  Depending on the fellows’ own abilities and interests, specific recommendations for assigned mentors include: the Vice President, Finance and Accounting; Vice President of Clinical Support Services; Chief Information Officer; and Vice President, Process Improvement.

Participate in continuing educational and professional development opportunities

Fellows have access to an unlimited wealth of resources, both internal and external to MD Anderson. For example, fellows can:

  • Gain experience as a Malcolm Baldrige quality examiner for the Texas Award for Performance Excellence
  • Become a Green Belt in Six Sigma methodology
  • Learn and apply Lean Kaizen methodology
  • Participate in the MD Anderson Clinical Safety and Effectiveness course
  • Access the institution’s scientific and publication resources for publishing opportunities

Fellows also are supplemented with necessary resources to pursue professional credentialing activities. For example, they can attend the national American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress and get involved locally with the largest ACHE chapter in the country.

Interact with past fellows

The MD Anderson Cancer Center Hospital Administrative Fellowship Program has been in existence since 1995. Since many past fellows have chosen to remain at MD Anderson in leadership roles, current fellows have the opportunity to interact and learn valuable insight into their experiences and successes due to the program.

Tour other Texas Medical Center institutions

The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical center in the world, with nearly 50 member institutions. Fellows have the opportunity to spend one to two days at the following institutions: Texas Children’s Hospital, The Methodist Hospital, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Memorial-Hermann Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, CHRISTUS Health, Ben Taub County Hospital and the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center. This provides a unique experience to observe other aspects of healthcare and meet administrative fellows from other institutions.