Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) students at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health are encouraged to compete for Administrative Fellowships as part of their post-graduate experience. Students begin preparing for their fellowships during the second semester of their first year and continue through their final year. This fellowship opportunity allows students to work within an organization and experience real-world application of the skills they learned during their coursework. Here are the stories of four M.H.A. students who will be beginning their fellowships in the summer of 2013.
Anisha Kalavar will complete her fellowship with the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC), in Houston, Texas. MEDVAMC is a Veterans Affairs Medical Center that includes but is not limited to services in acute care, spinal cord injury, and mental health. In addition, it is the first VA Medical Center to earn a Gold Seal of Approval in its Advanced Primary Stroke Center and serves as a teaching hospital for healthcare professionals. It is a primary care provider for 130,000 veterans with services provided in the hospital and in 9 community based outpatient clinics in the greater Houston area. Anisha will work directly with the executive team as well as the leadership and staff in the service/care lines within the facility. Rotations and projects will include working with several key areas such as operations, finance, human resources, strategic planning, physician relations, patient safety, quality improvement, and health policy within the VA system. Anisha will gain first-hand experience with policies and procedures at their respective levels of VA governance.
Shehla Khowja will complete her fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, Texas. BCMis a private medical school recognized as a premier academic health science center and is known for excellence in education, research and patient care. BCM facilities consists of the Baylor Clinic, Baylor Family Medicine, the Alkek Eye Center housed in the Medical Building, and the Houston Hospital for Specialized Surgery. BCM was ranked 21st among 137 U.S. medical schools in U.S. News and World Report. Shehla will have the opportunity to observe, interact and work with the college’s senior administration and clinical leadership, all of whom are leaders in their respective fields. The fellowship program will provide Shehla with practical experience and leadership development through direct exposure and active participation in high-level management activities at the college. She will also have the opportunity to become a member of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) Administrative Fellowship Association.
Nadja Prcic will complete her fellowship with Main Line Health in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Main Line Health is suburban Philadelphia’s most comprehensive healthcare resource. Forming the core of Main Line Health is four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine. For a second year in a row, Main Line Health was named one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania by the Central Penn Business Journal and Philadelphia Business Journal. During Nadja’s fellowship, she will focus on addressing issues related to how a complex health care system functions. Nadja will have a diverse, hands-on experience with the opportunity to engage in areas such as corporate structure, capital finance, operations, and system-wide strategic planning. Her primary focus will be on quality improvement, worksite wellness, and operations management. Nadja will explore various project opportunities through rotations with senior executives from the four hospitals and with her preceptors to select a project area that aligns with her objectives and the organization’s needs.
Komal Patel will complete her fellowship with the Vidant Medical Center (VMC), in Greenville, North Carolina. VMC is a fully accredited 909-bed regional referral facility with state-of-the-art service lines serving over 1.4 million people in 29 counties in the eastern Carolina area. VMC first opened in 1924 as Pitt Community Hospital when Charles Laughinghouse had a vision and came together with three other physicians to raise enough money to build a privately owned hospital. The name of the hospital was recently changed to Vidant Medical Center in 2012, meaning ‘Life’ in Latin. It is one of four medical centers in North Carolina and is the flagship hospital for Vidant Health. VMC serves as the teaching hospital for the Brody School of Medicine at Eastern Carolina University. Through this fellowship, Komal will have the opportunity to gain training and management experience in a large and diverse health care system. She will also have the chance to work directly with the executive team and the presidents of the surrounding community hospitals within the system. This program will provide Komal with a thorough understanding of healthcare administration and will give direct exposure to many leadership and management activities. She will be working alongside two other fellows at VMC.