2024-2025 Administrative Fellowship

The DVACO Administrative Fellowship is a 1-year program designed for recent graduates of MHA, MBA, MPH, MS-POPH, or similar healthcare programs to build a foundation for a career in population health. The position emphasizes skills related to population health management, healthcare business planning, and leadership. Based on interests, the program may include rotations through various DVACO departments including Care Coordination, Practice Transformation, Data Analytics, Post-Acute Care and Clinical Quality, and the opportunity to become acquainted with each of our member hospitals.

In addition to these rotations, the Fellow can tailor their experience through various projects in quality oversight, data reporting, performance improvement, physician engagement, informatics, network development, and contract/payer relations. This design gives the Fellow the opportunity to build fundamental communication, analytic, and problem-solving skills as well as an understanding of the ACO environment and population health strategies. To complement on-the-job training, fellows are involved in Board and other administrative meetings. Fellows report directly to Joel Port, SVP, Business and Network Development.

Sample Projects:

  • Assess behavioral health integration readiness of ACO physician practices
  • Develop contracts for enhanced track Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP)
  • Assist the care coordination team in identifying high risk patients
  • Research strategies on ACO development of a specialist network
  • Develop a social determinant of health (SDoH) flag in the EMR
  • Analyze quality metrics linked to shared savings
  • Communicate with practices about their performance in DVACO initiatives
  • Analyze administrative costs on a PMPM basis and develop a proforma
  • Develop financial models for new payor contracts
  • Support the development of a benchmarking system
  • Manage the implementation of care coordination software among post-acute facilities
  • Support the design of an employee ACO Product

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Recent graduate of MHA/MPH/MBA/MS-POPH Accredited, or similar, degree program
  • Recent graduate of a Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) program is preferred

Application Materials

To be considered for the 2023 Administrative Fellowship, the following items must be attached to your application:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Current Resume
  3. Three letters of Recommendation
    1. At least one letter must be from a graduate professor
    2. At least one letter must be from a current or former employer
  4. Personal Statement
    1. 1-2 pages addressing personal career goals and your view on the importance of population health management
  5. Official Graduate Transcript

Complete application and submit materials here.


All application materials due: Sunday, September 24th, 2023 at 11:59pm EST

Phone interviews: Early October

Finalists interview date (virtual, full-day interview): Mid-October

Selection date: No later than October 31, 2022

The application will open and be available in August 2023. Please contact Rachael Smith, current fellow, at SmithRac@dvaco.org with any questions.

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