What is the Value of Administrative Fellowships in the Era of COVID-19

Academic Article


  • During the spring of 2020, health systems across the country experienced significant financial losses due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic; these led to widespread layoffs, furloughs, and hiring freezes. Recognizing the potential impact this could have on the employment market for healthcare management graduates, we conducted a national survey of administrative fellowships, an important pathway for early careerists. We found that 73% of organizations plan to continue their administrative fellowships in 2020–21, citing their organizations’ commitment to fellowships as a pipeline for leadership talent as a driving factor. Moreover, 92% of respondents indicated that fellows played a significant, high-impact role in their COVID-19 responses, supporting command center operations, setting up testing services, and supporting telemedicine expansion. Though these findings are positive regarding the future of fellowships, even a modest contraction could have a negative impact given a perennial shortage of fellowships relative to eligible graduates. Looking ahead, graduate programs should work collaboratively to expand the availability of fellowships, collaborate with practitioners to expand the role of fellowships as a pathway to increase diversity in leadership, and ensure that our curricula support the development of competencies that will equip students with adaptability and flexibility in increasingly complex environments.
  • Authors


  • Administrative Fellowship, COVID-19
  • Author List

  • Hall R; Robbins J; Garman A; Boren S; Haga R; Killaly K; Song P; Simms J
  • Start Page

  • 337
  • End Page

  • 350
  • Volume

  • 38
  • Issue

  • 1