Recognizing the importance of valued and diverse leadership, Texas Health Resources is proud to sponsor an Administrative Resident/Fellowship program for graduate and postgraduate students. The educational and experiential program is designed for students who aspire to begin a career in health care administration.
A student who successfully completes one of the Texas Health Resources administrative learning programs will be prepared with the knowledge and experience necessary to meet the demands and challenges facing tomorrow's health care industry. Texas Health seeks to develop and learn from the program's administrative interns/residents/fellows who will one day serve the industry as leaders exhibiting respect, integrity, compassion and excellence.
The administrative residency/fellowship programs are directed by Douglas D. Hawthorne, chief executive officer of Texas Health Resources. Hawthorne serves as the program preceptor in an advisory role that pertains to:
- Discussing rotation experiences
- Guiding the professional development of the resident/fellow
- Providing insight on health system initiatives
- Promoting intellectual discussions on challenging topics
- Ensuring a positive and rewarding experience
The preceptor meets monthly with each resident/fellow, overseeing his or her participation in system operations and appointing a hospital or health facility president to supervise department rotations and project responsibilities.
There are two program options:
- Administrative Residency Program: The 12-month Administrative Residency program provides residents with an opportunity to apply knowledge acquired in the didactic portion of graduate education and strengthen leadership, judgment and administrative skills. Rotations are hospital and system-based and focus on the process of health care delivery in an integrated health care system. Residents complete rotations in the areas of service line patient services, primary/ambulatory care, finance, non-direct patient care services, medical staff relations and managed care. In addition to rotations, projects are assigned to enhance each resident's experiential learning opportunity. Residents are also exposed to board, management and medical staff meetings. Individuals who complete the requirements of the residency program are eligible to enter the Administrative Fellowship program or interview for open positions within the entire organization.
- Administrative Fellowship program: The 12-month Administrative Fellowship program is for those individuals who have completed in exemplary fashion a structured, one-year Administrative Residency program with a hospital or health-related organization. The program is designed with an intense focus on projects to help fellows gain experience specific to their areas of interest and identify future career options.
Texas Health conducts an extensive recruitment and selection process for the Administrative Residency/Fellowship programs, pursuing a goal to develop future leaders for the industry. Those who have completed the programs may interview for open positions for which they qualify.
Hannah Thai began a 12-month administrative residency at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas in January 2013. She is currently working to earn a master's degree in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio and holds a bachelor's degree from Trinity in business adminstration, with a minor in English. She previously worked as a quality specialist at Methodist Stone Oak Hospital in San Antonio.
Lisa Steelman began a 12-month administrative residency at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth in January 2013. She is currently working to earn a master's degree in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio and holds a bachelor's degree in communication from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. She previously worked in university administration at Trinity University and the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Salah Jamaleddine began a 12-month administrative residency in June 2012 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He previously worked in Texas Health's information technology department as a senior network analyst and senior system administrator. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington and is working to earn a master's degree in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio.
Christy Catlin completed a 12-month administrative residency in January 2013 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and is now an administrative fellow. Catlin recently earned a master's degree in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. She also served as a graduate assistant and co-chair for the health care administration department at Trinity. Catlin holds a bachelor's degree in general business from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
Constance Lee completed a 12-month administrative residency in January 2012 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. She will be spearheading a new patient flow initiative at Texas Health Dallas under the guidance of President Britt Berrett. She earned a master's degree in health care administration in December 2011 and also holds bachelor's degrees in biological science and business administration. Lee is fluent in English, Mandarin and Taiwanese.
Jared Shelton completed a 12-month administrative fellowship at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas after completing a 12-month stint at the same facility as an administrative resident. He was then hired as the administrative director of operations at Texas Health Dallas. Shelton spent part of 2007 as an administrative intern at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton and has also held several internships in health care organizations. He has completed coursework this past semester toward a master's degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. He graduated in December 2010.
Melissa Reichardt completed a 12-month administrative fellowship in June 2011 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle and is now the director of business health services and community integration at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance. Reichardt completed her master's degree in hospital administration from the University of Kansas in May 2009. During graduate school, Reichardt worked as a Patient Advocate at Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. Prior to that, she worked for National Research Corporation based in Lincoln, Neb., aiding health care organizations with stakeholder satisfaction. Reichardt received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Kansas State University in 2005.
Amanda Bloom completed a 12-month administrative fellowship in January 2011 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, and was hired as manager of business development at Texas Health Plano.
For more information about the administrative residency/fellowship experience, please email FellowshipProgram@TexasHealth.org.
Administrative Residency/Fellowship program: Texas Health sponsors two scholastic administrative positions each year — either as a resident or fellow. The Residency and Fellowship programs begin in January each year.
Requirements: The ideal candidate will have recently completed the didactic portion of a Master of Healthcare Administration degree (MHA) or its equivalent from a graduate program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.Only those who have recently completed an MHA or equivalent degree from an accredited graduate program and have completed a structured one-year Administrative Residency program with a hospital or health-related organization will be considered for the Administrative Fellowship program.
For purposes of application, candidates should submit the following information to the e-mail address below:
- A one- to two-page cover letter stating career objectives, leadership experience, volunteer experience, relevant work experience, previous health care experience (if any) and how the Texas Health Resources administrative residency/fellowship program can help to accomplish them. Also, please address why you chose to apply to the Texas Health program.
- The type of program for which you are applying
- A current resume
Email (Microsoft Word documents only) to FellowshipProgram@TexasHealth.org.