University of Pennsylvania — Administrative Fellowship, Department of Emergency Medicine

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Emergency Medicine
Administrative Fellowship 

For Whom:
Post-residency Emergency Medicine trained physicians who aspire to administrative and operational leadership positions in academic or private practice.  

During the two year fellowship, the candidate will complete the MBA Program for Executives at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania ( and a clinical Emergency Medicine Administrative Fellowship.  In addition, the candidate will play an active role in the Clinical Operations leadership of the Emergency Department of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  The candidate will also work clinically as an attending physician (Clinical Instructor) in the HUP ED.  

Candidates will have completed a 4-year ABEM-accredited residency in emergency medicine and be board certified/board eligible.  The candidate must complete the Wharton MBA for Executives application process ( including a recent GMAT or GRE score (less than 5 years old).  The HUP ED will supply your sponsorship letter.  As part of the Fellowship application, the candidate will submit a cover letter, CV, and 4 letters of recommendation, at least one of which must come from an academic/administrative mentor who can attest to the candidate’s leadership potential in ED administration and operations.  


  • Clinical
    • The candidate will work approximately 8.5 shifts/month in the HUP Emergency Department as a Clinical Instructor. 
    • The candidate will not be scheduled for clinical shifts during the period leading up to or during MBA for Executives classes/activities.  
  • MBA Program for Executives
    • In May of their final year of residency, the candidate will begin the two year MBA for Executives program at the Wharton School.
    • This will require the candidate be in Philadelphia for one week in late May 2020, and two weekends in June 2020.  (Example of prior schedule:
    • The Wharton School has a world-renowned Healthcare Management faculty; there is opportunity to create independent study with these faculty during year two of the MBA Program for Executives.
  • Administrative
    • The candidate will participate in weekly Clinical Operations Leadership meetings in the HUP ED, including Quality and Safety, revenue cycle, billing, strategic operations, patient relations. 
    • The candidate will lead and participate in projects as directed by the Clinical Operations leadership. These projects may include but are not limited to: operational management, budgeting, performance improvement, regulatory affairs, strategic planning, quality and safety, revenue cycle, and patient experience.
  • Leadership
    • Specific leadership mentors will be identified for the candidate, depending on the candidate’s background, interests, and goals.  The candidate will have regular mentorship meetings with these faculty to develop enhanced leadership skills
    • These faculty may come from within the Department of Emergency Medicine, the leadership of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the leadership of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, or other positions as appropriate.
  • Scholarly
    • The candidate will collaborate with the Clinical Operations as well as the Research faculty to develop skills in operations and implementation research.  It is expected that by graduation the fellow will have produced at minimum one scholarly project of publishable quality. 
    • The candidate will be funded to attend the ACEP Emergency Department Director’s Academy.
  • Educational
    • The candidate will be expected to deliver two lectures to the residents; one on core EM content and another on a topic within EM Administration and Operations.  The candidate will work with the Clinical Operations as well as Education Faculty to develop these lectures. 
    • The candidate will be expected to be available for mentorship of residents in administrative topics.
    • The fellow will be funded to attend an emergency department operations training course such as the ACEP Emergency Department Director’s Academy or the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Perfecting Emergency Department Operations course.
  • Salary, Tuition, and Benefits
    • The candidate will receive a salary of $75,000/year plus benefits
    • The candidate will receive substantial financial support for the tuition costs of the MBA Program for Executives at the Wharton School. 
    • The candidate will be provided office space, a computer, telephone, and administrative support.  

Application Deadline:
Candidates should reach out to Dr. Keith Hemmert (Operations Director, Associate Fellowship Director) and Diane Sharp (Director of Admissions, MBA for Executives) to discuss their interest in the HUP EM Admin Fellowship at the earliest possible opportunity.  The final deadline for applications will be December 1, 2019.  Candidates are encouraged to apply early in the cycle.

Examples of Projects for Administrative Fellows:

  • Implementation and analysis of vertical flow model
  • Workflow projects for the New Patient Pavilion
  • Implementation and analysis of scribe pilot model
  • Implementation of shared note
  • Ongoing EMR optimization
  • EDOU Neuroimaging Pathway
  • Consult time process improvement
  • Predictive Analytics for ED Flow Modeling
  • Geriatric ED/EDOU Planning, Implementation, Analysis

Penn Medicine is a world-class academic institution with superb clinical facilities and programs, the number three ranked medical school in the nation, and a rich and collegial research environment.  We seek candidates who embrace and reflect diversity in the broadest sense. The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.