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Roger J. Sherman Administrative Fellowship, 2020-2021

Akron Children’s Hospital’s Roger J. Sherman Administrative Fellowship is a post-graduate experience intended to provide cutting-edge training in leadership and health administration in an independent, non-profit pediatric hospital setting. Under the guidance of the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Strategy Officer and other executive mentors, the administrative fellow will complete project work and experiential immersions based on their career goals, interests and organizational opportunities.



About the Fellowship

The Roger J. Sherman Administrative Fellowship is a 12-month experience for recent master-trained graduates. There is also an opportunity to extend the administrative fellowship up to 6 additional months for a total of 18 months. The first 6 months of the fellowship are project-based, allowing the fellow to gain experience in their areas of interest, create a personalized leadership development plan and become familiar with our unique, family-centered culture. During the remaining 6 to 12 months, the fellow will complete 2 to 6 experiential immersions within their areas of interest, each lasting 2 to 3 months.

Potential immersion areas include:

  • External Affairs and Government Relations
  • Financial Services
  • Human Resources
  • Operations Management
  • Process Improvement
  • Project Management
  • Public Relations
  • Quality Services
  • Revenue Cycle Management
  • Strategy Planning/Regional Growth and Development

Immersions allow the fellow to be imbedded within a single department to complete meaningful projects, develop technical and soft skills essential to the functioning of the department, and potentially serve in an interim leadership role. The fellow will be expected to meet established competencies within each immersion.

Project Work

Past examples of projects completed by fellows include:

  • Assistance with Joint Commission Survey Visit
  • Business Plans for Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit Expansion, Integrated Pediatric Hospitalist, Spine Institute, Substance Use Disorder Program and Telehealth Program
  • Creation of Physician Productivity Dashboard
  • Hand Hygiene Improvement Green Belt Project
  • HIMSS Stage 7 Application
  • Incident Command Center (Ebola Crisis)
  • Meaningful Use Attestation 
  • Project Planning for Opening of New Building
  • Regional Staff Model
  • Surgical Value Optimization Project with Orthopedic Service Line
  • U.S. News and World Report Survey Analysis and Survey Completion


Onboarding, Coaching and Professional Development

The fellow will begin their experience by completing introductory meetings with hospital personnel across all disciplines and levels of leadership, providing the opportunity to build relationships and discover our unique, family-centered culture. The fellowship preceptors will assist with project selection, ensuring the fellow is contributing to meaningful, high-level projects that align with their goals and interests.

The fellow will have access to an executive coach within the Center for Organizational Effectiveness and Transformation who will assist with creating a personalized leadership development plan, setting professional goals, prioritizing immersion experiences and participating in other professional development activities. The fellow will also have the opportunity to explore certifications, training and professional conferences.

Current positions held by previous fellows include:

  • Manager, Finance and Business Systems, Surgical Subspecialties
  • Operations Manager, Hematology-Oncology
  • Operations Manager, Pediatric Psychiatry and Psychology Services
  • Quality Initiative Specialist, Quality Services


  • MHA/MHSA, MBA, MPH or MS, etc. specializing in hospital or health administration.  Applicants are required to have a degree from a nationally-accredited graduate program.
  • Candidate must have thorough knowledge of hospital operations and management through previous administrative experience.


  • Administrative fellows are provided a competitive salary and benefits package.


  • Application Deadline: October 2, 2019
  • Acceptance Date: November 13, 2019
  • Start Date: June 2020 (negotiable)
  • Applications should be submitted through NAFCAS.
  • Three letters of recommendation should be submitted using the “Supporting Information” quadrant and should include the following:
    • Academic (A letter from your graduate program director is highly recommended)
    • Professional (Must be a recent employer or preceptor)
    • Other (A second professional letter is highly recommended)
  • Contact the current fellow for more information: xsuli@akronchildrens.org  
  • Please note:  We are unable to sponsor work visas.