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The MMC Administrative Fellowship is a one-year, postgraduate program offered every other year. The program targets master’s candidates and recent master’s level graduates in health care administration, business administration, and public health. The Fellow reports to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, who is also the primary preceptor.

The goal of the Fellowship is to prepare the next generation of healthcare leaders to be a contributing member of the administrative team.  Fellows gain first-hand experience through participating in strategic projects, direct observation of senior leaders, and executive mentoring.

Fellowship Components

Informational Interviews: During the first month of the program, the Fellow meets individually with members of the senior leadership team to learn about their roles and responsibilities to identify potential projects.

Standing Meetings: The Administrative Fellow becomes a member of the senior leadership team for the duration of the program and attends weekly executive meetings including: President’s Council, Operations Council, Service Line Executive Council, and Full Management.

Board Exposure: The Fellow is invited to monthly MMC Board meetings and rotates through Board committee meetings.

Individual Meetings with Senior Leadership: The Executive Vice President and COO meets bi-weekly with the Fellow to discuss fellowship projects, relevant hospital news and events, and advise on post-fellowship careers.

Executive Mentorship:  The Fellow is paired with a senior leader of their choosing to serve as an executive mentor.  Mentors monitor the Fellow’s projects, recommend professional development opportunities, provide quarterly reviews, and are actively involved in the post-fellowship career search.

Clinical Shadowing: Fellows may identify hospital areas in which they would like to gain first-hand experience through clinical shadowing.
Healthcare Conference: Fellows are given the opportunity to select and attend a healthcare conference.

Presentation: The Administrative Fellow is encouraged to present work throughout the year, culminating in a year-end presentation to the President & CEO and senior leadership.

Health System Strategy: Fellows are invited to attend meetings at MaineHealth and observe system-level initiatives and projects.

Projects: Fellows will complete 8 to 12 major projects focused on a variety of topics including: finance, process improvement, public health, clinical operations, strategic planning, and project management.

Previous Fellow Projects

Project examples from previous Fellows:

Length of Stay Initiative
Sponsor: Senior Vice President of Clinical Services
Provided staff support for a hospital-wide length of stay reduction initiative chaired by physician, nursing, and administrative senior leaders.  Managed projects for 12 subgroups, facilitated meetings, created presentations, and developed data analytic tools and dashboards.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Program
Sponsor: Director of Let’s Go!
Developed national expansion business model for Let’s Go! childhood obesity prevention program.

Ambulatory Pharmacy Expansion
Sponsor: Senior Director of Pharmacy
Developed 5-year business plan and pro-forma for new ambulatory pharmacy including 5 separate programs generating $20M+ of annual operating revenue.  Worked with senior director of pharmacy and external consultants to manage the 18 month project timeline including a $1.2M capital investment.

Medical Staff Office
Sponsor: President of the Medical Staff
Advised the President of the Medical Staff on department staffing models and developed reorganization strategy and timeline.


To be considered for the MMC administrative fellowship, candidates must submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement of interest outlining career objectives 
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official graduate school transcript


  • Application deadline: September 30th, 2014
  • On-site interviews: October, 2014
  • Selection announcement: November, 2014
  • Start date: July, 2015

Completed applications must be electronically submitted by close of business on September 30th. 

Incomplete applications and those received after close of business on September 30th  will not be accepted (please confirm receipt of materials).

Please email all documents in PDF format to:

Former Fellows



Zander Abbott, MBA
“The Fellowship at Maine Medical Center gave me the opportunity to experience life as a senior leader and add-value to the organization through work on high-priority projects. After the program, I was perfectly positioned to transition into my new role”.


Quotes from Senior Leadership

Jeffrey D. Sanders, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey D. Sanders

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

“I began my career in health care services as an Administrative Fellow.  It was through that experience and subsequent involvement in fellowship programs that I gained a keen appreciation for the role of early career development for administrative leadership.  Similar to how we prepare the clinical teams, it is important that we take the time to develop future administrative leaders and help them make the transition from the classroom to their career”

“While we take the responsibility for career development seriously, the fellowship also provides a benefit to MMC.  During a period of rapid change, the fellow keeps us in touch with new approaches and tools to solve some of the longstanding, complex challenges in today’s environment.”


Maureen Van Benthuysen
Senior Vice President of Clinical Services
Past Executive Mentor

 “The value of the Fellowship program speaks to an investment in future healthcare leaders. Maine Medical Center remains deeply committed to engaging emerging leaders in Fellowship programs that will best prepare them for a rapidly evolving healthcare environment“

“It gives us enormous satisfaction to collaborate so closely with the next generation of energetic and talented leaders”

Maureen Van Benthuysen, Senior Vice President of Clinical Services 


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