Administrative Fellowships

Fellowship Program Concentrations

The Administrative Fellowship Program consists of five unique programs. Each concentration offers rotations through various functions of the discipline over a 12 - 24 month period.

Operations Concentration Nursing Concentration
Supply Chain Concentration Finance
Revenue Cycle Concentration  

​Each Fellowship concentration has specific qualifications and separate application deadlines. For more information, or to obtain specifics on how to apply for any of the above mentioned fellowship concentrations, please click specific concentration tab above.

Ochsner’s Fellowship Commitment

Ochsner’s Administrative Fellowship program, driven by a strong commitment to our teaching mission, has allowed our health system to grow and develop generations of leadership talent in the healthcare industry. We understand the value of the mentoring experience and prioritize developing talented individuals to become healthcare leaders. Each Administrative Fellowship concentration provides intensive training that combines system-wide exposure to the major functional areas within Ochsner with classroom learning, executive shadowing, one-on-one mentoring, a wide range of intensive project work, and a multitude of professional development modules.

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Fellowship Mentorship

Ochsner Health System Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and former fellow himself, Mike Hulefeld is the Program Chair and oversees all aspects of each concentration. Each Fellowship Concentration has an Executive Leader that acts as the Preceptor to assist in guiding the curriculum, provide feedback, one-on-one mentoring, progressive evaluations, and preceptor facilitated experiences.  With the long history of Ochsner’s Fellowship program and the successful retention of past fellows currently holding leadership roles throughout the organization, it provides fellows the opportunity to interact and learn valuable lessons, making lifelong mentors and friends.

Why Ochsner?

Ochsner Health System has been providing high-quality clinical and hospital patient care to Louisiana residents since 1942. Our healthcare family—today, comprising more than 17,000 employees and over 2,700 affiliated physicians—is driven by our commitment to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, and that passion is shared with every person who passes through our doors.

As southeast Louisiana’s largest nonprofit, academic, multispecialty healthcare delivery system, Ochsner’s 29 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and over 60 neighborhood health centers are all connected electronically to provide convenience and the best possible care for our patients. Close collaboration between our clinicians and scientists helps to bring innovative medical discoveries from the laboratory to our patients’ bedsides. We’re deeply dedicated to our patients and are honored to have been the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across three specialty categories. Ochsner is also a national leader in medical research, conducting more than 1000 clinical research studies every year and producing 200 annual publications in medical literature. We’re one of the largest non-university-based physician training centers in the U.S.  

Rotations throughout Ochsner Facilities

Ochsner Health System is the largest not-for-profit health system in Louisiana and one of the largest independent academic health systems in the United States.  Fellows are provided the opportunity to spend time on the following campuses:

Fellowship Experience

Each Administrative Fellowship concentration provides intensive training that combines system-wide exposure to the major functional areas within Ochsner with classroom learning, executive shadowing, one-on-one mentoring, a wide range of intensive project work, and a multitude of professional development modules. With each new rotation the fellow will collaborate with, and be supported by, strategic leadership partners across the system to work on high-level projects. Projects will be conducive to the fellowship concentration chosen, and would include exposure to clinic and hospital operations, strategic planning, and financial analysis. Ochsner is a continuously growing health system that offers a wide-array of opportunities within the organization.

The Program Chair and Executive Leaders acting as the Preceptor, along with the fellow’s strong commitment to learn, will ensure the fellows continued progression and successful completion of the program. Rotations throughout Ochsner's multidiscipline areas and facilities will afford the Fellow an unparalleled broad view of the Ochsner Health System.  Since fellows choose to participate in Ochsner’s Fellowship Program and are here to learn and grow as health care professionals, they will plan their goals and objectives for the year and will refine these goals throughout the year with their preceptor to ensure maximum exposure and achievement of the required goals and program competencies.  

Fellowship Personal and Professional Development Opportunities

Fellows are provided continued personal and professional development opportunities within Ochsner, attendance at ACHE and/or a related fellowship conference and membership to the New Orleans Young Leadership Council to assist fellows in acclimating themselves to the New Orleans region and having a better understanding of the community.  Other fellowship learning provided:

  • Monthly Journal Club meetings allow current and past fellows opportunities to exchange ideas about industry trends and issues
  • Quarterly presentations to senior executives give fellows the opportunity to share and receive feedback on project learnings and developmental milestones
  • Senior leadership meetings expose fellows to the decision-making processes and the issues faced by senior level management
  • Ochsner Leadership Institute (OLI) is Ochsner’s career development organization, and many of its leadership courses are open to fellow participation
  • HR modules prepare fellows for future management positions through situational exercises in leadership, communication, and issue resolution
  • Green Belt in Six Sigma

Fellowship Qualifications

Applicants must possess an MHA, MBA, MPH, MSN or equivalent degree from an accredited graduate program and must have completed or be in the final year of an accredited program. Students whose graduate programs require an administrative fellowship after completing classroom curriculum are eligible to apply. Applicants must also possess a GPA of 3.0 or above to be eligible. Ochsner Health System does not sponsor visas for Administrative Fellowships.

The prospective candidates must have completed the didactic portion of an accredited graduate program in Health Care Administration, Business Administration or related field. All fellowship programs run from July through June.


The Fellowship Program offers a competitive salary and benefits package for the duration of the 12-24 month fellowship.

Career Path

The Fellowship program aims to provide a strong foundation for each participant’s career. This foundation should lay the framework essential to pertinent organizational and leadership skills within the Healthcare Management arena. The program prides itself on aiding the Fellows in finalizing employment at the end of the Fellowship. Often times, this employment is within the Ochsner Health System.

NCAF Member

Ochsner Health System is a member of the National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF) and adheres to the dates set forth by the “Code of Good Practice” for application deadlines, offer dates and offer acceptance timeframe. Although a member of NCAF, the Ochsner Administrative Fellowship will not be accepting applications through the National Administrative Fellowship Centralized Application System (NAFCAS) portal. Instead, all application materials must be submitted via email to to be considered.  See specific concentration application deadline and submittal information by clicking on interested fellowship concentration.  Only completed application submittals will be accepted.

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