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Fellowship Objectives


The Administrative Fellowship is designed for postgraduate individuals interested in an administrative career in pediatric health care. Fellows receive hands-on experience in both clinical and non-clinical areas of Children's Mercy Kansas City. This is provided through a combination of project work, rotations, observations, and shadowing experiences. The fellowship aims to provide the fellow with hands-on administrative experience in a wide variety of administrative discipline, expose the fellow to executive leadership at all levels within the organization, provide the fellow with projects that are aligned with both the fellow's interests and career goals and the interests and needs of Children's Mercy, and prepare the fellow for a leadership career in a pediatric health care facility.

Fellowship Overview

Participants will gain executive and administrative leadership experience at a variety of levels. Projects are aligned with both the fellow's career goals and the needs of Children's Mercy.

How to Apply

Administrative Fellowship applicants must have a graduate degree from a master's-level program at an accredited college or university, preferably from a health care administration program.

Previous Fellows and Projects

The Children's Mercy Administrative Fellowship Program has a rich history dating back many years. Past fellows have traveled from across the U.S. to take part in this valuable program. Several fellows have moved directly from their fellowship experience into full-time positions at Children's Mercy after completing the Administrative Fellowship Program.

We currently have former fellows working in a wide range of departments including Strategic Planning, Operations, Quality Improvement, and leadership positions in several clinical departments. 

"I am so thankful for the Administrative Fellowship experience at Children’s Mercy, even though it fell during one of the craziest times in health care. My time as the Fellow started very conventionally. The rotation and project-based hybrid structure helped me understand the operations and complexities of a free-standing pediatric hospital. About halfway through the fellowship, the conventional year came to a sudden end, as the COVID-19 pandemic struck; instead of rotating and completing projects, I began to work deeply with the leadership team on emergency preparedness and response. Each day, I observed how leaders shaped and reshaped their operations in response to the pandemic, ensuring that patients, families and employees were at the forefront of every decision. These meaningful experiences have prepared me for the next step in my career as a pediatric health administrator, and I look forward to watching Children’s Mercy advance clinical care, research and education in this next chapter of history!"

Maggie Ertz, 2019-20 Fellow
Op Ex Project Manager
Project Management Office

"In my search for a post-grad fellowship, I sought opportunities for shadowing and meaningful project work, access to executive leadership, mentorship, and a hospital culture that embodied kindness, inclusion, and innovation. The Children’s Mercy fellowship exceeded my expectations and served me in so many ways. In the fellowship, I grew more confident in my abilities and further understood my purpose. I worked on a diverse array of projects: creation of a hospital-wide faculty departure checklist, establishment of a patient family advisory council at the Kansas hospital, assessment of multi-disciplinary clinics, and more. I gained mentors who challenged me, gave me hope for the future of children’s healthcare, and truly cared about me. This fellowship invests in you as a leader and molds you for success in your future endeavors. In addition, being a fellow at Children’s Mercy is fun! You can spend all day with Child Life, help plan huge philanthropy events, or fly in the transport helicopter. The Children’s Mercy fellowship provides endless opportunities and you will always wake up excited to go to work."

Nikita Sharma, 2018-19 Fellow
Quality Improvement Consultant
Improvement Center

"The administrative fellowship program at Children’s Mercy was an insightful experience for me. To see firsthand the operations in clinical and non-clinical departments helped shaped my understanding of being a healthcare administrator. Leading several projects, participating in leadership meetings and having unlimited access to learn was beneficial to my professional development. I valued the connections I made with families throughout my clinical rotations, as well as the connections with staff and leaders throughout all departments. The fellowship at Children’s Mercy gives you firsthand experience and exposure to all areas of the hospital from front line operations to executive leadership interactions. You truly have tremendous opportunities to learn and grow as a healthcare professional in this fellowship at Children’s Mercy."

Sarah Sentmore, 2017-18 Fellow
Community Benefit Manager
Strategic Planning

"The Children's Mercy Administrative Fellowship was the perfect start to a career in pediatric health. The mix of clinical and non-clinical rotations, leadership development experiences, and the flexible nature of the fellowship allowed me to see how a leading pediatric hospital operates from many different viewpoints. Each team I worked with was incredibly supportive of my learning experience and this allowed me to both learn as much as possible and build strong relationships that I continue to rely on and collaborate with today."

Steven Johnson, 2016-17 Fellow
Manager, Business & Strategic Planning
Strategic Planning

"The Administrative Fellowship at Children's Mercy is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. The opportunity to observe, participate, and lead in numerous areas across the hospital is something that will propel my interactions, understanding, and career for years to come. From international services, to family centered care, clinical care, volunteering at events, and countless others, I learned from every aspect of the fellowship."

Kate Gibbs, 2014-15 Fellow
Manager, Opthalmic Operations

"The Administrative Fellowship is an amazing opportunity to learn from experts in health care and to be responsible for your own projects. The experiences I had with patients, families, and employees at Children's Mercy will always impact the way I make decisions throughout my career."

Neesha Hitchcock, 2011-12 Fellow
Director of Operations
Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas

"My administrative fellowship at Children's Mercy challenged and inspired me in many ways. My expectations for establishing relationships, gaining professional experience and refining my skills were indeed met and often surpassed. My observations and assimilation into a culture that fulfills its mission on a daily basis, however, was just as meaningful."

Jared Vavroch, 2010-11 Fellow
Director of Planning
Financial Planning & Analysis

"As I began the Administrative Fellowship, I had an understanding that I would spend my time learning the 'ins and outs' of a leading pediatric hospital. Much to my surprise and benefit, that ultimately was only a small component of the education and developmental leadership I received. The experience challenged me to learn more about myself, cultivate relationships, and refine the expertise and skills needed to become a healthcare leader in the future."

Kevin Mroczka, 2009-10 Fellow
Director of Planning and Business Analysis
Strategic Planning

"The Administrative Fellowship program at Children's Mercy exceeded my expectations in every way. I was fortunate to experience nearly everything a large pediatric health care system has to offer; both clinical and administrative. The fellowship program also provided the unique opportunity to guide a young administrator from a pediatric hospital in China through Children's Mercy for a three-month period. This led to an opportunity to travel to China, and see pediatric healthcare as it is practiced on the other side of the globe. The fellowship opened many doors, provided tremendous opportunities, and put me on track to continue developing the skills and relationships necessary to be a successful administrator in the pediatric health care environment."

Jack Curran, 2008-09 Fellow
Administrative Director
Department of Pediatrics


  • Business planning and market analysis for capital purchases

  • Data analysis and benchmarking for philanthropy

  • Continuous Quality Performance Improvement (CQPI) Team Project

  • Research and Presentation at Grand Rounds

  • U.S. News and World Report Survey

  • Management of Summer Interns

  • Program development research for Administration

  • Project management for the Children's Mercy Research Institute

  • Family companion for Inside Pediatrics

  • Coordination of hospital fundraisers

  • Hospital translator contract consolidation

  • Community education programs

  • Intensive Care Nursery expansion

  • Cerebral Palsy feasibility assessment

  • Hospital lab consolidation

  • Proposal to build Children’s Mercy East

  • Community benefit program

  • Government relations disproportionate share project

  • The Chatlos Foundation Grant Proposal for Chaplaincy

  • Point of service cash collections program

  • Supply chain assessment

  • Implementation of the Medical Home Model in clinics

  • 3D Printing

  • Analysis of Transplant Services

  • Standardization of faculty departure process

  • Creation of the Children’s Mercy Kansas Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Council

  • Creation of the Digital Engagement Center

  • Creation of diversity guidelines for faculty search committees