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VASLCHCS Administrative Fellowship/Residency

The intended audience of this web page includes Veterans and Administrative Fellowship/Residency program candidates.

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The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System (VASLCHCS) Administrative Fellowship program is a component of the Department of Veterans Affairs Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program (GHATP). The purpose of the GHATP is to recruit, train and retain highly-qualified individuals to become future leaders in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). VHA provides in-hospital experiences for students receiving, or having just received, their Master's degree in Healthcare Administration (MHA), Health Services Administration (MHSA), Public Health (MPH), Public Administration (MPA), or Business Administration (MBA) from accredited institutions. MBA and MPA candidates must have had coursework in health care administration to qualify.

The VASLCHCS Fellowship program provides an excellent opportunity to gain practical training within a large, integrated health care system. It is a one year appointment and includes comprehensive rotations throughout the various departments which offer valuable information and excellent opportunities for growth. The Fellow will have an array of projects to heighten understanding of the diverse facets of healthcare operations and management. Access to executive meetings and committees is also unlimited. The Fellow is considered part of the leadership team and falls under the direction of the Medical Center Director as preceptor. The program is highly-flexible, tailored to the interests of the Fellow/Resident, and requires great initiative and self-management. The success of the VASLCHCS Administrative Fellowship is notable as nearly all past trainees have been retained after their training. Many of these former Fellows are currently in middle to senior management positions within the VHA.

Eligibility

All applicants must be US Citizens. Eligible candidates for the Fellowship are graduates who recently received their master’s degree from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), or the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)  and subsequently wish to receive a 12-month advanced practical experience. Those applying for the Intern position must be enrolled in a graduate program accredited by one of the previously listed organizations, and required by their academic institutions to pursue a 12-month practical experience prior to graduation.

Preceptor/Senior Advisors

GHATP Board members consider the selection of the Preceptor as the most crucial factor toward ensuring a successful administrative training experience. The Preceptor must be a leader who has the education, experience and commitment to provide quality training. Specific criteria are established for the selection of Preceptors.

VASLCHCS Director, Steven W. Young, FACHE, is Preceptor to the Fellow. The vital factor in the success of the program is his commitment to the role of counselor, evaluator, facilitator, and instructor in the developmental process. Mr. Young’s leadership skills and discipline are well-recognized in both the workplace and healthcare community. He will assist the Fellow/Resident in selecting projects and activities specific to individual need, growth, and interests, and strongly encourages and supports the participation of Fellows in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and other professional organizations.
The Fellow will also closely collaborate with the various leaders of VASLCHCS. These individuals include the Senior Management team, Service/Care Line Executives, and all other medical center staff. Mentoring and education are core components of the Fellowship and embraced by senior leaders and managers.

Fellowship Structure

Objectives

The Fellowship consists of rotations and project assignments, although other components such as networking and meetings are equally important. The Fellowship/Residency is designed to develop and define leadership competencies. The High Performance Development Model is used to evaluate the Fellow’s progress. This model consists of eight core competencies that serve as the platform for training, mentoring, and projects.

  1. Organizational Stewardship
  2. Systems Thinking
  3. Creative Thinking
  4. Flexibility/Adaptability
  5. Customer Service
  6. Interpersonal Effectiveness
  7. Personal Mastery
  8. Technical Skills

Rotations

During the course of the 12-month program, the Fellow’s rotations through service/care lines are designed to present a comprehensive overview of facility operations and the opportunity to engage in project work. Rotation areas may include, but are not limited to the following:

 

Finance Office
Compliance
EEO
Quality Management
Caregiver Support
Emergency Management Services
Eye Care
Extended Care
Research
Neurology
Anesthesiology
Surgical Specialties
Pharmacy
Emergency Care
Facilities Management
Imaging/Radiology
Community Based Outpatient Clinics

Human Resources
Mental Health
Quality Management
Police Service
Credentialing and Privileging
Information Security
Medicine and Primary Care
Public Affairs
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
OEF/OIF Services
Compensation and Pension
Specialty Care
VA Regional Office
VISN 19 Network Office (Denver, CO)
VA Central Office (Washington, D.C.)
Telehealth
Women Veterans Program

Projects

The Fellow will have the opportunity to manage multiple, diverse projects. Beyond projects, the Fellow/Resident will also participate in assignments that address core competencies of leadership, management, and administrative development. Project work will involve many different hospital departments, divisions, and functions. This allows for experience in numerous areas including finance, operations, department administration, strategic planning, quality improvement, patient safety, physician relations, information systems, labor management relations, governance and policy, and human resources. In addition, seeking out and taking on projects of personal interest is also encouraged. All projects are reviewed and approved by the Preceptor to ensure that they are appropriate and fitting to the growth and interest of the Fellow.

Meetings

The Fellow will meet regularly with the Preceptor to help discover areas of interest and focus. He/she is exposed to decision making, leadership, and governance at the most senior level of hospital operations. The Fellow/Resident will attend daily executive morning and senior level meetings. In addition, they will be invited to a host of committee meetings. These meetings provide a broad perspective of clinical and administrative functions.
Networking Opportunities

Networking Opportunities

• Department of Veterans Affairs (Washington D. C.) –Trainee becomes familiar with Congressional and Veterans Health Administration policies and processes in addition to meeting GHATP fellows from other facilities.
• ACHE Congress (Chicago) – This is a yearly conference that brings together healthcare leaders and is designed to learn about emerging issues and trends within the healthcare industry.
• GHATP Conference Calls – Monthly calls with GHATP fellows from other VA facilities are designed to disseminate information on projects and experiences. Trainees also discuss readings and literature relevant to surfacing trends or hot topics within the VA or healthcare industry.
• Utah Healthcare Executives (UHE) – The Fellow will have the opportunity to attend UHE events around the state. UHE is the Utah chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
• In addition, the Fellow will be invited to network with fellows from other local healthcare organizations. Trainees will be able to spend time at neighboring facilities to tour and learn about their hospital operations.

Environment/Culture

The Fellow will benefit from the culture and environment at VASLCHCS. The medical center is extremely Veteran-centered while still maintaining its rich history of being a highly-technical and sophisticated academic teaching institution. VASLCHCS has many academic affiliations including: Utah State University, Weber State University, Brigham Young University, and the University of Utah. The University of Utah is one of the premier medical centers in the nation, known for its outstanding medical school, research programs, and cutting-edge care. VASLCHCS partners with these organizations to help educate and train medical students in state-of-the-art health care. Utah is home to some of the nation’s best hospitals and other treatment facilities, physicians, researchers, health care providers, and educational institutions. VASLCHCS’s teaching and research models foster a learning atmosphere rich in medical advancement, cutting edge technology, and collaborative partnerships with local colleges and other medical facilities. The fellow will have a unique opportunity to tour and observe the operations of neighboring facilities such as the University Of Utah Medical School, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Intermountain Healthcare, Primary Children’s Medical Center, Mountainstar Healthcare, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Iasis Healthcare, and the Utah Health Information Network.

Contact Information

To request more information regarding the VASLCHCS Fellowship, please contact the current 2016-17 GHATP Fellow Natalie Green; she can be reached at (801) 582-1565, Ext. 1957 or by email at: Natalie.Green3@va.gov, or the national program manager, Amber Sears, at (405)568-2749.

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