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“I’m grateful for my time serving as an UNC Hospitals Administrative Fellow. I entered the fellowship with only classroom-based exposure to the opportunities and challenges health care administrators are faced with daily. The mentors, directors, and frontline staff I worked with during the fellowship engagement shared their time and knowledge generously throughout the year to facilitate my education. Leadership provided broad project exposure and parallel support to help ensure my success. UNC Hospitals’ unwavering commitment to teaching gave me the confidence to conclude my fellowship feeling prepared to pursue health care leadership and empowered to move the needle in improving health care equity and access.” 

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Jenessa McElrath, MHA, 2017-2019
Undergraduate: Carrol College
Graduate: University of Washington

"The UNC Hospitals offer letter began with the words, “Welcome to the UNC Hospitals Executive Team!” From that point forward, my year as a Fellow was a fully immersive experience. The UNC Hospitals Fellowship is a unique opportunity to see how decisions are made at the highest levels of an organization, and to support the strategic and operational initiatives of a growing health care system as a member of the executive team. I was thrilled to continue my career at UNC after the fellowship, and lucky to bring the experiences and relationships with me into my new role."

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Mary Winters Bus, MHA, 2015-2016
System Manager, Network Affiliations, UNC Health Care
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Graduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“The administrative fellowship at UNC Hospitals was a career changing opportunity for me. Because of its long history and institutional support, I was encouraged by all levels of management and senior leadership to participate in and lead projects that interested me. The experience and relationships I have gained through the fellowship have helped me build a solid foundation as a growing leader. I am humbled and proud to be an alumnus of the program.”

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Yessi Won, MHA, 2014-2015
Director of Clinical Programs, UNC Family Medicine
Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine
Graduate: George Washington University

I am truly grateful for having had this amazing opportunity to participate in the UNC Hospitals Administrative Fellowship.  I would highly recommend this program to anyone considering it.  As a graduate of the program, I learned first-hand how UNC is committed to meaningful hands-on education and the professional growth of its Fellows.  I am a more insightful and confident leader as a result of the ongoing mentorship and diversity of leadership experiences gained during my time as a Fellow.

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Alexander Nance, MHA, 2012-2013
Operational Project Manager, Outpatient Care Services, UNC Health Care
Undergraduate: The Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Graduate:  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“My experience as a UNC Hospitals Administrative Fellow was incredible! Todd Peterson allowed me to pursue projects independently, but also provided me with the unwavering guidance and support of a mentor. I gained tremendous knowledge and perspective from our discussions about the history of UNC Hospitals that would have otherwise been impossible to achieve. I was also given the freedom to explore all aspects of the Health Care System with the full support of the entire Administrative Team. The Fellowship gave me the skills and professional network to flourish as a future leader in health care.”

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Lauren Romano Onken, MHA, 2007-2008
Executive Director, Heart & Vascular
Undergraduate: Virginia Tech University
Graduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill