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Administrative Fellowship


About the Fellowship Program

The Administrative Fellowship is a 2-year program for Masters-level graduates or students whose program requires a year-long fellowship before graduation. The program offers career development opportunities, hands-on experiences in outpatient practice management, and exposure to one of the world's top academic medical centers. Fellows gain first-hand experience in dealing with the internal and external pressures that affect the local and national healthcare landscapes, and how they impact all entities within Duke Health.

To ensure we are in the heart of the action, leadership is strategically located in the center of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, which places us in the middle of our clinical network and supports our current growth plan.  

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Important Dates

Applications for the 2024-2026 fellowship program will open this summer. Information about the application is below.


  • The application deadline is September 5, 2023 at 5pm EST.

  • 1st and 2nd Round interviews will be conducted in September

  • Final Round interviews will be conducted in October

  • The fellowship offer must be accepted within 24 hours


During the first year, Fellows rotate through clinical and administrative departments of the practice, ambulatory practices, Duke University Health System and Duke University Hospitals. During these rotations, Fellows gain a comprehensive understanding of the physician practice and its strategic initiatives by shadowing senior administrators who also mentor Fellows on a monthly basis to ensure they are successful.

Fellows will also have department-specific projects in each of their rotations to provide a broad understanding of all areas of practice administration. This also gives Fellows to get a better sense of where to hone their focus in year two. 

Project Work

Project work may be proposed by senior leaders or the fellows, based on personal interest and professional goals. Fellows work with leadership to evaluate and select projects that combine the professional interests of the Fellows and the needs of the organization.

Projects assigned during the first year allow Fellows hands-on experience with various types of initiatives across all departments and functional areas of practice administration. A new project may be assigned during each of the Fellows' two-week rotations, allowing them to develop working relationships and working knowledge of the organization.


Clinical Operations

Duke Health Access Services 

Human Resources



Business Development and Network Services

Facilities and The Joint Commission

Patient Experience

Contracting and Payor Relations


Physician Integration/Onboarding


Duke Health Technology Services

Duke University Hospital Based Ambulatory Clinics

Performance Services

Perioperative Clinical Service Unit

Life Flight

Patient Revenue Management Organization

Revenue Managers

Emergency Department


Duke Primary Care

School of Medicine Departments

Application Requirements

  • Resume/CV
  • 1 Current Official Graduate School Transcript
  • Undergraduate Transcript (Unofficial Accepted)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (Academic and Professional)
  • ​Please address letters of recommendation to the "Administrative Fellowship Selection Committee"
  • 1-Page Statement of Purpose: Explain how your life experiences and journey into healthcare influenced the person you are today and your decision to pursue an ambulatory administrative fellowship?
  • 1-Page Supplemental Essay: Select one of our values—teamwork, excellence, safety, integrity, and diversity—and describe its importance to healthcare leadership.

Successful Applicants:

Are driven and team-oriented
Have foundational knowledge in the core competencies of healthcare administration
Desire personal and professional growth

Educational Requirements:

Applicants must have completed degree requirements for CAHME, AACSB, CEPH, and/or AUPHA-accredited Masters in Health Administration, Masters in Business Administration. We also accept applications from candidates whose programs require a one-year fellowship prior to graduation.

If you have challenges uploading your application materials, feel free to compile all of your application materials into a single PDF and email your complete application to adminfellowshipdhip@duke.edu.


Meet the Team

Simon Curtis

Vice President, Ambulatory Services and Access
Simon Curtis

First Year Fellows (2022-2024)

Kishan Shah

Kishan Shah

Kyleigh Vestal

Kyleigh Vestal

Second Year Fellows (2021-2023)

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