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2023 – 2025 WVU Medicine Administrative Fellowship

Applications are due October 1, 2022.



WVU Medicine is offering an administrative fellowship designed for individuals preparing for a career in healthcare management and leadership.

This two-year comprehensive, multidisciplinary program tailored to the fellow’s specific interests, consists of core rotations across various areas of the organization, assigned projects, and line management experience.

Fellows will learn about the structure, philosophy, values, and mission of WVU Medicine, as well as develop and refine their leadership skills and competencies in the daily operations of a major academic medical center.

In addition, our fellows spend valuable time with key leaders and senior executives in order to gain perspective on daily challenges, decisions, and strategic initiatives. This provides an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about the institution and its leaders, and identify areas for project work or rotations.

The entire WVU Medicine team is committed to retaining and integrating high-quality fellows within the organization after the fellowship is complete. 


Current Fellows


Our administrative fellowship candidates can expect to increase their knowledge base, refine their management style, and develop their own philosophy toward healthcare throughout the program.

The fellowship objectives include:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of hospital operations
  • Assume a contributing role on a healthcare management team
  • Enhance managerial competencies in the following areas:
    • Customer service
    • Financial stewardship
    • Operations management
    • Change management
    • Performance management
  • Broaden the range of post-fellowship employment opportunities


We offer a competitive salary, and fellows are eligible for a full comprehensive benefit package. In addition, fellows may select one national conference to attend each year of the program.



A selection committee of leaders from WVU Medicine and WVU Health Sciences Center will review all applications.

  • The fellowship is open to students who have successfully completed one of the following accredited master’s degree programs: MHA, MHSA, MBA, MPH, MSN, MHI, and other closely related programs.
  • Applicants, who have finished their course work, but are required to complete a fellowship to graduate, are also eligible for the administrative fellowship.
  • Prospective fellows should have relevant work experience, such as summer or previous employment in a healthcare setting. Graduates from Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Management (CAHME)-accredited programs will receive preference in the selection process.


National Council on Administrative Fellowship logoAll applicants must submit their application and required materials (see below) through the National Administrative Fellowship Centralized Application Service (NAFCAS) website by October 1, 2022.

NOTE: Late or incomplete applications are ineligible.

Required materials

  1. Current resume
  2. Three letters of recommendation
    1. Only one from a faculty member of your graduate program (If you are unable to provide a letter of recommendation from an employer, please submit a second letter of recommendation from a graduate school professor.)
  3. Official (preferred) or unofficial transcript of completed graduate school courses
  4. Narrative statement (less than 500 words) expressing:
    1. How your interest in healthcare management developed
    2. Goals you would like to accomplish during the administrative fellowship
    3. Your long-term career objectives

2022 – 2023 Application Timeline

The online application timeline:

  • NAFCAS application opens June 9, 2022
  • NAFCAS application closes October 1, 2022
  • Early October phone interviews
  • On-site interviews in Morgantown, WV Mid-October 2022
  • Offer extended October 2022
  • Fellowship program begins July 2023


Who oversees the WVU Medicine administrative fellowship?

Fellows report directly to Rachel Blasko, the program preceptor. Rachel will offer exceptional professional guidance, as well as mentoring and support across the two-year fellowship.

West Virginia University Health System President and CEO Albert L. Wright, Jr., oversees the program and meets regularly with fellows to ensure an optimal fellowship experience.

Fellowship Committee

  • Rachel Blasko (Preceptor), Vice President, Operations, Children’s Hospital
  • Albert L. Wright, Jr., President and CEO, West Virginia University Health System
  • Nate Burt, Vice President of Operations, WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital
  • Justin Gibson, Vice President of Finance, Northern Region, WVU Medicine
  • Doug Harrison, President and CEO, Wheeling Hospital
  • Colleen Sybert, Vice President of Human Resources 
  • Doug Mitchell, Chief Nursing Officer, WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital
  • Darin Rogers, Vice President of Provider and Network Services, WVU Medicine
Is this a medical fellowship?

This fellowship is an administrative appointment with no medical training included.

Do I need to be a current student to apply for the program?

You do not need to be a current student, but you must have received your degree within 24 months of the start of the fellowship.

If I am currently enrolled in a graduate program, am I eligible?

Yes, provided all course work is complete six months prior to the start of the program.

Are international applicants eligible for the administrative fellowship?

Unfortunately, we are unable to sponsor visas at this time. Applicants to the fellowship program must be either a United States citizen or legally authorized to work in the US.

When can I apply?

The application period opens June 9, 2022, and closes October 1, 2022.
NOTE: Late or incomplete applications are ineligible

How do I confirm that my application and documents were submitted properly?

You will receive a confirmation e-mail within 48 hours of submission.

Does WVU Medicine require recommendation letters from specific individuals?

Yes. Follow the required guidelines on the NAFCAS application page.

If I am unable to provide a letter of recommendation from an employer, what should I do?

If you are unable to provide a letter of recommendation from an employer, please submit a second letter of recommendation from a graduate school professor.

Do I need to submit a copy of my official transcript?

Official transcripts are preferred, but an unofficial transcript of completed graduate school courses is acceptable.

What type of benefits will I receive?

We offer a competitive salary, and fellows and their dependents are eligible for full a comprehensive benefit package. In addition, fellows may select one national conference to attend each year of the program.

At the end of the program, can fellows expect immediate advancement to full-time employment with WVU Medicine?

Although we hope that fellows will continue to work for WVU Medicine, there is no formal obligation by either party to offer or accept a position post-fellowship.

What types of jobs opportunities can fellows expect once they complete the fellowship?

It depends on several factors, including the qualifications and experiences the fellow had prior to the program, available positions, and the career path the fellow wants to pursue. Some examples of post-fellowship positions include project manager, program manager, administrative director, or business center manager.

Are employment opportunities available for recent graduates with an MHA, MBA, or MPH?

For information about other employment opportunities, please visit: www.wvumedicine.org/careers.


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