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MUSC Health Administrative Fellowship Program

MUSC Health Administrative Fellowship Program, is a highly selective one year post-graduate training in academic health system administration geared at providing highly qualified recent graduates the opportunity to enhance their conceptual knowledge base and skills.  

Program Structure

The term “structured flexibility” most accurately describes the design of the MUSC Health Fellowship. The content of the experience is tailored to best match the individual and the organizational needs. 

In addition to pre-determined project opportunities, leadership from across the MUSC enterprise will submit potential projects for completion by selected fellows during the 12-month appointment. Projects will offer hands-on experience promoting personal learning and leadership development:

  • 40% Self-directed project work aligned with areas of interest and professional goals
  • 30% Preceptor-directed project work
  • 20% Administrative and clinical rotations
  • 5% Longitudinal Capstone Project
  • 5% Professional Development

Fellows have the discretion to select projects which best fit their areas of interest and desired exposure outside of their appointed department.

MUSC’s Fellowship program is designed to provide:

  • mentor relationships
  • exposure to Executive level decision making and project work
  • professional development opportunities
  • nurturing independence 
  • understanding of an Academic Medical Center


Mix of rotations in specific departments as well as general assignments

Exposure to senior leadership and strategic thinking

Compensation & Benefits

The MUSC Health Administrative Fellows receive an annual stipend that is competitive with other administrative fellowships at other state institutions. In addition, the fellow receives a benefit package that is comparable to other MUSC Health employees.

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Application Process

Who Should Apply

The Administrative Fellowship program at MUSC Health is seeking motivated and highly qualified individuals who are self-starters to apply for a fellowship position. The ideal candidate should have graduated from a CAHME accredited college with a focus on health care management and hold one of the following degrees: MHA, MPH, MBA, or a MHSA. Students enrolled in colleges or graduate degree programs that require a Fellowship as a condition for graduation are also eligible to apply.

For more information about the MUSC Health Administrative Fellowship Program, please contact

How to Apply

MUSC Health is a member of the National Council on Administrative Fellowships and adheres to the NCAF application timeline and process. For more information about NCAF and access to the National Administrative Fellowship Centralized Application System (NAFCAS), please visit their website.

All applications should be submitted via NAFCAS by the deadline of October 1, 2018. Applications will not be considered past the deadline date. A complete application will consist of the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Personal statement (statement of professional goals and intent)
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one professional and one academic)
    • Addressed to the:  Administrative Fellowship Selection Committee
  • Official graduate transcripts from all institutions attended

Application Timeline for 2019-2020 Fellowship

Application Deadline:October 1, 2018
Informational Webinars:August, 28th 4:00-5:00PM EST. Please register here.
September, 7th 12:00-1:00PM EST. Please register here.
Onsite InterviewsNovember 1-2, 2018
Offer Notification:November 12, 2018
Fellowship Start Date:July 1, 2019


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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the MUSC Health Administrative Fellowship?

The MUSC Health Administrative Fellowship program is a self-directed program under the supervision of health system leaders and is designed for highly qualified individuals who demonstrate the potential to make significant contributions to the health care administration profession and the organization. Fellows will have the opportunity to attend and participate in meetings, shadowing, and project work. Fellows are encouraged to participate in operational projects that align with their particular interests. The Fellow receives firsthand experience in multiple areas including but not limited to: operations, finance, quality, and strategic planning.

Q: What are the benefits of being an MUSC Health Fellow?

The Fellow has the opportunity to work with senior-level executives, leaders, and administrators who bring a variety of experience and knowledge in the health care industry and to work with highly experienced physicians. The Medical University of South Carolina is an academic medical center located in Charleston, South Carolina. MUSC Health is at the forefront of the latest advances in medicine, with world-class physicians, groundbreaking research, and technology that is often among the first of its kind. MUSC Health believes in a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to care that involves close collaboration of specialists.

Q: Who is eligible to be an MUSC Health Fellow?

Applicants must have or will have graduated from a CAHME accredited MHA, MPH, or equivalently accredited MBA program by the start of the fellowship (July 2019). This individual must be a self-starter and possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Q: How long is the Fellowship appointment?

The fellowship program begins in the summer of each year and continues for twelve months, depending on individual circumstance.

Q: Do I get paid?

The MUSC Health Administrative Fellow receives an annual stipend that is competitive with other administrative fellowships at other state institutions. In addition, the fellow receives a benefit package that is comparable to other MUSC Health employees.

Q: When do I apply?

Applications must be submitted via NAFCAS by October 1, 2018. Early submissions are welcome and appreciated.

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Current & Former Fellows

Current Fellows

Aykhan Alibayli

Aykhan Alibayli, MPH
Yale University

Ben Coker

Ben Coker, MHA
Baylor University

Matt Corso

Matt Corso, MHA
University of Scranton

Reed Dufour

Reed Dufour, MHA
Tulane University

Angel Ho

Angel Ho, MHA
University of Kentucky
Georgia Keith

Georgia Keith, MHA
Medical University of South Carolina
Nicole Lopez

Nicole Lopez, MSHA
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Christina Stewart

Christina Stewart, MHA
University of Florida
Ashlynn Williams

Ashlynn Williams, MPH
University of Toledo

Former Fellows

NameYearGraduate SchoolCurrent Position and Organization
Chad Breeden2017-2018Colorado State UniversityTelehealth Center of Excellence Program Coordinator, MUSC Health
Bridget Graham2017-2018Clarkson UniversityProject Manager, Enterprise Project Management Office, MUSC Health
Amy Jackson2017-2018Medical University of South CarolinaProject Analyst, Enterprise Project Management Office, MUSC Health
Nathalie Occean2017-2018University of MemphisBusiness Health Program Coordinator, Affiliations and Network Development, MUSC Health
Anna Patrusheva2017-2018Tulane UniversityTechnology Business Analyst II, MUSC Health
Bill Stalvey2017-2018Medical University of South CarolinaBusiness Analyst, MUSC Health
Jo Sullivan2017-2018Carnegie Mellon UniversityImagine 2020 Administrator, MUSC
Shirina Whig2017-2018Medical University of South CarolinaHR Business Partner, MUSC Health
Lauren Young2017-2018University of Alabama at BirminghamAdministrative Fellow, MUSC Health
Maggie Becker2016-2017Medical University of South CarolinaMarketing Specialist, Palmetto Health
Peter Gardella2016-2017Liberty UniversityAssistant Nurse Manager, Adult ED & Chest Pain Center MUSC Health
Eric McLean2016-2017Pennsylvania State UniversityCorporate Planner, Vidant Health
Kaitlin McGoldrick2016-2017Medical University of South CarolinaOwner & Director of Operations, Royal Indigo Inc.
Chasity Ramos2016-2017Medical University of South CarolinaAssociate Quality Specialist, Greenville Health System 
Ruta Rimkute2016-2017Medical University of South CarolinaAmbulatory Operations Specialist, MUSC Health.
Dennis Zeng2016-2017Clarkston UniversityFinancial Planning & Budget Manager, Centerlight Health System
Jennifer Alex 2015-2016Union CollegeConsultant, Knowledge Capital Group
Haylee McBrayer 2015-2016University of North CarolinaBusiness Analyst, MUSC Health
Morgan Muller2015-2016Medical University of South CarolinaProject Specialist, UT Southwestern
Frances Taylor2015-2016Medical University of South CarolinaBusiness Development Manager, Greenville Health System
Chesley Elliott2014-2015 Medical University of South CarolinaPatient Access Analyst, MUSC Health
Taylor Lawrence2014-2015 Medical University of South CarolinaTelehealth Coordinator, MUSC Health
Haley Sims2014-2015 Medical University of South CarolinaFinancial Analyst, Baptist Health
Rebecca Felice2013-2014Pennsylvania State UniversityProject Analyst, UPMC
Cory Robinson2013-2014Medical University of South CarolinaProject Manager, MUSC Health
S. Connor West2013-2014Medical University of South Carolina

Practice Administrator, Lowcountry Lung

Hailey James2012-2013Medical University of South CarolinaAsst. Admin. Inpatient Ops. & Excellence – Department of Medicine,  Johns Hopkins
Kathryn Harris2012-2013Medical University of South CarolinaProject Specialist, Palmetto Health
Lauren O’Dell2011-2012Medical University of South CarolinaSenior Planner, MUSC Health
Kaley Steele2011-2012Medical University of South CarolinaBusiness Development Manager, Greenville Health
Kristina Hahn2010-2011Medical University of South CarolinaPhysician Relations Manager, East Cooper Medical Center
William McMurray2010-2011Medical University of South CarolinaPCMH Project Manager, MUSC Health
Garrett Mann2009-2010Medical University of South CarolinaPhysician Solutions Associate, Huron Consulting 
Alan Edwards2007-2008Medical University of South CarolinaDirector of Operations & Finance - Oncology MUSC Health
Alexis Grant2006-2007Medical University of South CarolinaManager of Program Development, Greenville Health 
Meredith Strehle2005-2006Medical University of South CarolinaDirector of Children’s Outreach, MUSC Health

Project Work  

Chad BreedenChad Breeden, MHA

Graduate Program: Colorado State University
Hometown: DeWitt, MI
Track: Operations
Preceptor: Matt Wain

Major Projects:

  • FTE Labor and Productivity
  • Telehealth Initiatives
  • SJCH Transition Team
  • LOA Streamline
  • Valet Services
  • OR Supply Audit
  • MUSC Operational Condition Status
  • Malcom Baldrige Application 


Bridget GrahamBridget Graham, MBAH

Graduate Program: Clarkson University
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Track: Ambulatory Operations
Preceptor: Alice Edwards

Major Projects:

  • Transition Planning Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavillion
  • Operational Project Management for Children’s Ambulatory Campus
  • Scheduling Barrier Reduction for Outpatient Appointments
  • Malcom Baldrige Application
  • Orthopedic Clinic Timing Study
  • Pulmonary Clinic Standardization
  • Supply Project
  • Applause Card Redesign

Amy JacksonAmy Jackson, MHA

Graduate Program: MUSC
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Track: Perioperative Services
Preceptor: Mike Denham

Major Projects:

  • Hybrid OR Certificate of Need and Implementation
  • Project Manager for MUSC West Campus
  • Project Manager for Capital Projects
  • Consolidated Service Center Planning
  • Ambulatory Supply Chain Optimization
  • Supply Chain Rapid Improvement Project
  • Malcom Baldrige Application
  • TAVR Time Study


Nathalie OcceanNathalie Occean, MHA

Graduate Program: University of Memphis
Hometown: Rahway, NJ & Memphis, TN
Track: Quality
Preceptor: Danielle Scheurer

Major Projects:

  • Malcom Baldrige Application
  • Institute of Psychiatry Quality & Safety Project Manager
  • USNWR Children’s Gap Analysis & Survey Submission
  • Physician Onboarding Refresh Project Manager
  • GetWellNetwork Rounds+ Project Manager
  • Imagine 2020: Initiative #14
  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ); Vizient Analyst Certificate Program


Anna PatrushevaAnna Patrusheva, MHA

Graduate Program: Tulane University
Hometown: Novosibirsk, Russia
Track: Operations & Analytics
Preceptor: Matt Wain / Lauren Parnell

Major Projects:

  • Project Manager for CPC Expansion, CVICU, TeleNeuro, TeleDerm
  • IMPROVE Project:  Daily Check In
  • Creation of ROI Tool for ICU Innovations
  • Phlebotomy Restructure
  • Fixed Cost Center to Variable Cost Center
  • Staff Accommodations
  • Malcom Baldrige Application


William StalveyWilliam Stalvey, MHA

Graduate Program: MUSC
Hometown: Georgetown, SC
Track: Finance
Preceptor: Jenny Ann Smoak / Lauren Magaldi

Major Projects:

  • FY18 and FY19 Provider Salary & Productivity Benchmarking
  • Benchmarks for College of Medicine Use
  • MGMA and Sullivan Cotter Provider Compensation & Productivity Surveys
  • College of Medicine Personnel Recruitment Database
  • Funds Flow Support Projects & Analyses
  • Interim Accountant II – Hospital Fiscal Services
  • MUSCH Outreach Locations Database
  • Malcolm Baldrige Application


Jo Sullivan Jo Sullivan, MA, PhD (c)

Graduate Program: Carnegie Mellon University (MA), Duquesne University (Ph.D.)
Hometown: Mountain Lakes, NJ
Track: Imagine 2020
Preceptor: Darlene Shaw

Major Projects:

  • Imagine 2020 Implementation
  • Strategic Leadership Development
  • Imagine U: Building Well-being Together Campaign Launch & Implementation
  • University Honor Code Training
  • University Common Core Calendar
  • Frankenstein Turns 200: Health, Humanities, Innovation
  • Malcom Baldrige Application


Shirina Whig Shirina Whig, MHA

Graduate Program: MUSC
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Track: Human Capital
Preceptor: Darrick Paul

Major Projects:

  • Asthma Outreach Program
  • Job Description and Compensation Alignment
  • Career Exploration Program
  • Malcom Baldrige Application


Lauren Young Lauren Young, MSHA, MBA

Graduate Program: UAB
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Track: Strategic Planning
Preceptor: Sarah Bacik

Major Projects:

  • Lyft Partnership
  • MUSCH Strategic Plan Update 2018-2020
  • MUSCH Nursing Strategic Plan
  • Shriners Pediatric Burn Business Plan
  • Market Assessments: Maternal Fetal Medicine; Peds Neuro
  • Idea Campaign – Innovation App
  • Human-Centered Design Thinking
  • OR Supply Chain Inventory
  • Sickle Cell Plan Development
  • Malcom Baldrige Application