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Open Access The Postgraduate Fellowship Chase: Lessons and Recommendations from Five Programs

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Historically, postgraduate fellowships have played an important role in transitioning newly minted graduates from master's in healthcare management programs onto the leadership track in healthcare organizations. Yet in recent years, the annual "fellowship chase" has become especially challenging with earlier application deadlines, no coordination across sites, and rising competition for limited fellowship opportunities. The purpose of this article is to present an overview of the background and current state of the postgraduate fellowship market, explain how graduate programs in health administration can best approach the annual fellowship application cycle, and recommend how the process can be improved. Written from the perspective of five graduate healthcare management programs with significant shares of students who accept postgraduate fellowships, this article aims to stimulate a fruitful discussion that will help all stakeholders in the field achieve a common goal of preparing the leaders the nation needs to guide healthcare organizations in improving the healthcare services they provide and the health of all Americans for generations to come.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2014

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  • The Journal of Health Administration Education (JHAE) is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal which chronicles research, case studies, and essays by leading health administration educators and professionals.
    The Journal addresses key policy issues in health administration management nationally and internationally and is the foremost authoritative guide on the latest academic and professional developments in the field.
    As one of the only professional publications in the field, the Journal sets a standard in health administration education research.

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