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Meagan Howard, MHA
Section of Surgical Sciences
Surgery PCC
D-4303, Medical Center North
(615) 322-2363


The Administrative Fellowship in the Section of Surgical Sciences/Surgery Patient Care Center is a one-year program focused on the strategic and operational aspects of the surgical care continuum at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Throughout the year, the Fellow will gain broad exposure by participating in and leading a variety of hands-on projects and initiatives tailored to his or her interests. Bess Wildman, the Chief Business Officer for the Section of Surgical Sciences and Associate Operating Officer of the Surgery Patient Care Center serves as the preceptor and has mentored many successful fellows throughout her career.

While this fellowship incorporates several rotations throughout the Vanderbilt enterprise, the focus on surgical specialties allows for a unique experience working closely with Physician Faculty Members. The Fellow will learn academic department and service line management through projects such as:

  1. Developing and/or improving clinical pathways and patient access in partnership with clinical leaders
  2. Organizing lean activities to enhance process improvement
  3. Optimizing block schedules
  4. Participating in department and clinic budget processes
  5. Conducting data analytics to support Section initiatives
  6. Assisting with coordination of faculty recruitment and other faculty affairs activities
  7. Leading quarterly “Lunch & Learns” that discuss healthcare industry current hot topics with administrative leaders and management
  8. Owning the following regular projects:
    1. Multi-Disciplinary Perioperative Morbidity & Mortality Improvement Conference
    2. Annual compensation & productivity benchmark faculty report
    3. Administrative Fellowship recruitment process

Ideal candidates will be team oriented, flexible, intuitive, inventive, self-motivated, professional, and understanding of the business forces within the healthcare industry.