“The Administrative Fellowship was an incredible year during which I was able to fully immerse myself in all aspects of a leading children’s hospital. The opportunity to shadow in clinical areas, rotate through various departments, take on multiple projects, and interact with employees, patients, and families at Children’s Mercy throughout the fellowship was an invaluable experience that will inevitably shape my career as a pediatric healthcare administrator. In addition, the unique structure of the program enabled me to be mentored by senior leadership throughout the year as well as build lasting relationships.”
Misbah Aslam, 2016-17 Fellow
"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
Quality Improvement Consultant - Licensed
Quality and Clinical Safety
"The Administrative Fellowship was one of the most rewarding and immersive years of my life. From participating in several departmental and hospital-wide projects to shadowing numerous care teams into the wee hours of the morning, I experienced a wide and meaningful breadth of all that it takes to operate a system that offers so many vital services to our community. The fellowship served as a crucial guide to my decision process as I began that year to think about my next step. And, perhaps most importantly, I was able to connect with a myriad of families and Children's Mercy staff who have positively shaped my understanding of pediatric healthcare to this day."
Tally Sharma Venjohn, 2013-14 Fellow
Manager of Annual Leadership Giving
"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 Business and Operations
Patient Care Services
"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
"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
Interim Senior Administrative Director
Department of Pediatrics