The Administrative Fellowship Program is a prestigious two-year program designed as a fast track to transition top graduate students into operations management positions through focused mentoring, stretch assignments and leadership experiences.
Begin your health care administration career at one of the largest academic health care institutions in the world. Prepare for leadership opportunities within Mayo Clinic through direct participation in activities that build and strengthen your essential administrative skills.
Since 1983, this two-year postgraduate Administrative Fellowship Program has been cultivating generations of leaders with practical experience through an array of administrative rotations.
Leadership, challenging work and empowerment — the support you need to begin your career in health care administration leadership.
The Administrative Fellowship Program seeks candidates from strong master's-level accredited programs. Our selection process aims for diverse skill sets, backgrounds, work experiences and interests.
- Have a master's degree (M.B.A., M.H.A., M.H.S.A. or related field) or be a degree candidate who is on schedule to complete the degree before the fellowship start date in July
- Candidates with a master's degree from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) are preferred; applications from non-CAHME programs are accepted for review
- Have health care industry experience such as an internship, externship, fellowship or applicable employment
- Possess broad knowledge of current and historical perspectives on health care business management and administration, clinical practice management, clinical research and education, hospital administration and management, finance, human resources and organizational development, information systems, and managed care
We are unable to provide visa sponsorship for individuals participating in the Administrative Fellowship Program.
- Cover letter addressed to Administrative Fellowship Program Selection Committee
- Personal statement (one-page single-spaced essay about your strengths, interests and experiences)
- Graduate letters of recommendation (one academic and one professional)
- Unofficial undergraduate or graduate transcripts with the awarded or conferred degree
- June 12, 2018: Fellowship job opportunity posted online
- October 1, 2018: Application deadline
- Mid-October 2018: Phone interviews
- October 30 - November 2, 2018: On-site interviews
- November 12, 2018: Begin extending fellowship offers
- July 2019: Fellowship begins
The Administrative Fellowship Program offers fellows a comprehensive compensation package, including salary, benefits and relocation assistance. Mayo Clinic benchmarks its total compensation program against other organizations in its geographical regions as well as other health care and cross-industry organizations nationwide.
As a fellow, you are considered a benefit-eligible employee based on full-time equivalency (FTE) of 0.5 or greater.
Your compensation package includes a competitive base salary.
You may be eligible for relocation benefits, as well as travel reimbursement for pre-placement evaluation and house hunting. Eligibility is based on your relocation distance:
- 70 miles or more if relocating to Rochester, Minnesota
- 100 miles or more if relocating to Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona
- 50 miles or more if relocating to Jacksonville, Florida
Your time in the Administrative Fellowship Program consists of rotations through several key areas at Mayo Clinic. During your rotation planning discussions, you'll be encouraged to envision the full range of experience you hope to gain so that at the end of your fellowship, you'll be a strong candidate for the positions you wish to pursue.
- Education Administration
- Human Resources
- Management Engineering
- Practice Administration
- Research Administration
- Center for Innovation
- Planning Services
- Provider Relations
- Participate in a structured mentorship program
- Attend at least one conference of your choice (for example, American College of Healthcare Executives)
- Sit with or potentially serve as an interim leader on institutional leadership committees
- Serve as national strategies interim administrator
- Serve as Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology interim administrator
- Serve as Division of Hematology interim administrator
- Develop operational plans and budgets for clinical departments
- Assist with organizational redesign of Admissions and Business Services
- Develop performance monitoring dashboard for Medical Revenue Systems
- Develop billing processes map to identify major improvement opportunities
- Develop performance management tools
- Measure activity analysis of benefits information
- Support clinical department staff recruitment
- Assist with Administrative Fellowship Program recruitment and selection activities
- Develop clinical trials program business plan
- Support Department of Internal Medicine research retreat planning team
- Serve as Mayo Clinic School of Medicine interim administrator
- Lead team in creating Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Alumni Association
- Coordinate the first Serving the Underserved Educational Forum
- Support electronic medical record project — automated patient itinerary
- Lead team in developing proposal for telecommunicating site
- Develop new procedures for patient receiving unit at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus
- Evaluate space requirements for Gonda Vascular Center
Qualified candidates for the Administrative Fellowship Program are master's-prepared individuals who have completed the degree requirements before the start of the fellowship.
Applications from candidates who have completed their degree or are on schedule to complete their degrees before the fellowship start date will be accepted.
Additional criteria can be found on the Application Process page.
Standard rotations or exposures include:
- Education Administration
- Human Resources
- Management Engineering
- Practice Administration
- Research Administration
In addition, an effort is made to give each administrative fellow an opportunity to experience a Mayo Clinic site other than his or her base location. This may be achieved through a rotation in Jacksonville, Florida; Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona; Rochester, Minnesota; or a Mayo Clinic Health System practice.
Administrative fellows may fill short-term role assignments (for example, covering for parenting and medical leaves) or critical project assignments, particularly when there is advance notice. It depends on the need, who is available during that time, and whether the available fellow has the minimum skills, competencies and capacity to meet the need.
The program director helps guide and coordinate rotational and project assignments and meets regularly with the fellow for rotation planning and coaching.
The best way to learn about the Administrative Fellowship Program (AFP) is to ask someone who's immersed in the program. Below are brief profiles of our current fellows.
Submit your questions to MayoATP@mayo.edu to learn more about his or her experience.
Class of 2017-2018
Ajani (AJ) N. DunnAjani (AJ) N. Dunn, M.H.A., is an associate administrator at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida. His administrative assignments include the Department of Internal Medicine, Medical Specialties, Center for Individualized Medicine and the Administrative Fellowship Program. Mr. Dunn joined Mayo Clinic as an administrative fellow in 2002 upon completion of a master's degree in health care administration and a bachelor's degree in physical therapy at the University of Florida. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and is active locally as a faculty member with the University of North Florida's Health Administration program and as a past president of the ACHE North Florida Chapter. He and his wife enjoy traveling and University of Florida Gators football.
Natalie A. CaineNatalie A. Caine, M.H.A., FACHE, is an associate administrator at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In this role, she provides strategic leadership to the Department of Medicine. Ms. Caine joined Mayo Clinic in 2005 as an administrative fellow and has extensive practice leadership experience. She most recently served as the operations administrator for the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine and the Division of Community Anesthesiology. She also serves as the Rochester site director for the Administrative Fellowship Program and has held administrative roles for the Critical Care Independent Multidisciplinary Program (IMP), Hospital Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Division of Allergic Diseases and the Nurse Practitioner-Physician Assistant Executive Committee. Ms. Caine completed her undergraduate degree in marketing at Missouri State University and holds a Master of Health Administration from the University of Missouri. Ms. Caine completed her administrative internship at Yale New Haven Health System and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Jenny T. HoJenny T. Ho, M.P.H., M.H.S.A., is a research operations administrator at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona. She started her career with Mayo Clinic in 2000 as an administrative fellow in Rochester, Minnesota, and subsequently moved to Mayo's Arizona campus to support Revenue Cycle and Public Affairs. From 2008, Ms. Ho worked for Cleveland Clinic and was involved in the startup of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. In 2011, she returned to Mayo Clinic as an operations manager in the Division of Education Administration in Arizona. Ms. Ho received her bachelor's degree from UCLA and master's degrees in public health and health administration from the University of Michigan.
Adam C. ThompsonAdam C. Thompson, M.P.H., M.H.S.A., is an associate administrator for Surgical & Procedural Operations at Mayo Clinic. With physician partners, he provides leadership to surgical and procedural services at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Thompson began his career as an officer in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. Following progressive leadership assignments stateside and overseas, he joined Mayo Clinic to complete a postgraduate training program in health care administration. From 2005 to 2009, he supported the Department of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Most recently, Mr. Thompson served as vice president of surgery for WellStar Health System in Atlanta. He earned a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and master's degree from the University of Oklahoma. He lives with his family in Ponte Vedra, Florida.
Deb R. FischerDeb R. Fischer, M.B.A., is a vice chair of administration for Academic Support Operations in Mayo Clinic Health System – Northwest Wisconsin Region (centered in Eau Claire, WI). In her current role she provides administrative leadership to NWWI’s Education and Research shields. Ms. Fischer completed her undergraduate degree in Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota and began her career with Mayo Clinic, Rochester, as a hospital pharmacist in 1981. She earned an M.B.A. degree from University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) which led her to career alternatives. She joined the Mayo Clinic Quality Office as an internal consultant working to teach and facilitate teams pursuing improvement strategies, then, became a Quality Administrator with Mayo Clinic Health System Administration. In 2008 she moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin to join Mayo Clinic Health System as an administrative Vice President overseeing quality, planning, research, and a variety of clinical departments.
DirectorsFor specific questions about the Administrative Fellowship Program and the fellowship experience, contact:
Mayo Clinic, Phoenix/Scottsdale, ArizonaJenny T. Ho, M.P.H., M.H.S.A., site director
Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FloridaAjani (AJ) N. Dunn, M.H.A., program director
Adam C. Thompson, M.P.H., M.H.S.A., site director
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MinnesotaNatalie A. Caine, M.H.A., FACHE, site director
Mayo Clinic Health System, Eau Claire, WisconsinDeborah (Deb) R. Fischer, site director