The Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital Administrative Fellowship - Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
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Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital


The Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital Administrative Fellowship

Defining Excellence

The Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital fellowship/residency is a component of the Department of Veterans Affairs Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program (GHATP). The purpose of GHATP is to recruit, train and retain highly-qualified individuals to become future leaders in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). VHA provides in-hospital experiences for students receiving, or having recently received, their master’s degree in healthcare administration (MHA), health services administration (MHSA), or in business administration (MBA) from accredited institutions.

The Hines VAH fellowship/residency provides an excellent opportunity to gain practical training within a large, integrated health care system. It is a one year appointment and includes comprehensive rotations throughout the various departments which offer valuable information and excellent opportunities for growth. The fellow/resident will have an array of projects to heighten understanding of the diverse facets of healthcare operations and management. Access to executive meetings and committees is also unlimited.

The fellow/resident is considered part of the leadership team and under direction of the fellowship/residency preceptor which is the Medical Center Director. The program is highly flexible, tailored to the interests of the fellow/resident, and requires great initiative and self-management. Many of our former fellows/residents are currently in middle to senior management positions within the VHA.


All applicants must be US Citizens. Eligible candidates for the fellowship are graduates who recently received their master’s degree from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), or the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and subsequently wish to receive a 12 month advanced practical experience. Those applying for the residency must be enrolled in a graduate program accredited by one of the previously listed organizations and be required by their academic institutions to pursue a 12 month practical experience prior to graduation.

Application Requirements and Process

The application process has changed for the VA.  The position will be posted on sometime in December.  All applicants will need to follow the instructions outlined in this announcement. 

Important Dates

  • Application December 2013
  • Selection Announcement Date: January 2014
  • Fellowship/Residency Start Date: Summer 2014

Fellowship/Residency Structure

The fellowship/residency consists of rotations and project assignments, although other components such as networking and meetings are equally important. The fellowship/residency is designed to develop and define leadership competencies. The High Performance Development Model is used to evaluate the fellow/resident’s progress. This model consists of eight core competencies that serve as the platform for training, mentoring, and projects.

  1. Organizational Stewardship
  2. Systems Thinking
  3. Creative Thinking
  4. Flexibility/Adaptability
  5. Customer Service
  6. Interpersonal Effectiveness
  7. Personal Mastery
  8. Technical Skills


During the course of the 12-month program, the fellow/resident’s rotations through service/care lines are designed to present a comprehensive overview of facility operations and the opportunity to engage in project work.


The fellow/resident will have the opportunity to manage multiple, diverse projects. Beyond projects, the fellow/resident will also participate in assignments that address core competencies of leadership, management, and administrative development. Project work will involve many different hospital departments, divisions, and functions. This allows for experience in a sundry of areas including finance, operations, department administration, strategic planning, quality improvement, patient safety, physician relations, information systems, labor management relations, governance and policy, and human resources. In addition, seeking out and taking on projects of personal interest is also encouraged. All projects are reviewed and approved by the Preceptor to ensure that they are appropriate and fitting to the growth and interest of the fellow/resident.


The fellow/resident will meet regularly with the Preceptor to help discover areas of interest and focus. He/she is exposed to decision making, leadership, and governance at the most senior level of hospital operations. The fellow/resident will attend daily executive morning and senior level meetings. In addition, they will be invited to a host of committee meetings. These meetings provide a broad perspective of clinical and administrative functions.

Networking Opportunities

  • GHATP Network: The Hines VAH Fellowship is a part of the nationwide Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program by the Veterans Health Administration. Fellows will have the opportunity to network with their counterparts at other VA facilities and disseminate information on projects and experiences. Fellows also discuss readings and literature relevant to surfacing trends or hot topics within the VA or healthcare industry.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (Washington, D.C.): All fellows in the GHATP program will attend a conference at the VA Central Office to become familiar with Congressional and Veterans Health Administration policies and processes.
  • ACHE Congress (Chicago): Fellows will attend and present at this yearly conference that brings together healthcare leaders and is designed to learn about emerging issues and trends within the healthcare industry.


The fellow/resident will benefit from the culture and environment of Hines VAH being an academic institution. Hines is the second-largest VA nationwide, and its teaching and research models foster a learning atmosphere rich in medical advancement, cutting edge technology, and collaborative partnerships with Loyola Medical Center, Rush University Medical Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital. and other VA hospitals in VISN 12.

Contact Information

To request more information regarding the Hines fellowship/residency, please contact or the Administrative Fellows at, or