The MD Anderson Fellowship is successful in training and developing fellows for their careers after the program. Past fellows have found great opportunities inside and outside of MD Anderson.
Through the eyes of our administrative fellows, MD Anderson is the perfect place to grow. It offers numerous opportunities for development and making significant contributions to our institution. Under the leadership of John Bingham, Vice President of Performance Improvement, the fellows will spend one year employed at MD Anderson working on projects in a focus area they select based on their interests.
Originally from The Woodlands, Texas, Arana attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she was a full-time student and softball player while she completed her undergraduate education. Arana went on to earn her Master in Health Administration from Texas A&M University School of Public Health while also working part-time at a local OBGYN private practice. During her time at Texas A&M, Arana completed an internship at CHI St. Luke’s Health The Woodlands Hospital, where she participated in the initial stages of their strategic plan development.
“What is attractive about the MD Anderson Administrative Fellowship Program is that the organization truly values its fellows and actively encourages them to become involved with projects and initiatives. The accessibility to organizational leaders, former fellows and other resources also adds impeccable value to the fellowship program. The level of excellence that is achieved by MD Anderson in patient care and research is second to none, making it the premier facility to serve as an administrative fellow. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of an incredible organization and I look forward to working with and learning from the best in the industry.”
Originally from Durham, N.C., Brown received a Master of Health Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle. Throughout her graduate career, Brown had the opportunity to work with multiple organizations, including Virginia Mason Hospital and Medical Center, Swedish Hospital and Duke University Hospital, where she served as an administrative intern in emergency services and patient flow. Before starting her graduate program, Brown spent three years with White Deer Energy, a private equity firm in New York.
“Throughout my fellowship search, it was critical that I found an organization that fit, not only in terms of its mission, vision and values, but also its people. My onsite immediately confirmed that MD Anderson was where I wanted to be. The Administrative Fellowship Program provides fellows with a supportive and inclusive environment whereby fellows can experience all levels of the organization. I am thrilled to spend the next year as an administrative fellow, learning the depth of the organization and establishing relationships throughout the institution.”
Paula Silverman was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Mich., but has always rooted for the Buckeyes. She served as captain of the tennis team and graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2012 with a BA in Economics. Post-graduation, Silverman spent two years working on Capitol Hill for former Chairman Mike J. Rogers of the House Intelligence Committee. While pursuing her MHA at Ohio State University, she worked as a graduate administrative assistant at Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital and the Neurological Institute. Between her first and second years in her masters, Silverman completed a summer residency at MedStar Health Ambulatory Services in Columbia, Maryland, where she focused on standardizing processes and community outreach.
“I was inspired during my first visit to MD Anderson and am very excited to begin my year here. MD Anderson had all of the characteristics that I had only dreamt about finding in a fellowship; the abundance of mentorship opportunities, the ability to rotate through nearly all departments with leaders and a strong mission driven organization determined in making cancer history.”