The experience gained through participation in healthcare administrative fellowships provides the opportunity for recent graduates to put theory into practice. In addition to developing practical professional knowledge, those in fellowship roles begin fostering relationships with senior-level executives that can help guide their careers for years to come.
As part of its rigorous curriculum, the Rutgers MHA program prepares its students with the skills and competencies to engage in fellowship roles. We are pleased to highlight some of the stellar graduates of our program who have earned impressive, competitive fellowships in healthcare systems throughout the United States.
Congratulations to all of our administrative fellows!
Hannah Maisel, MHA ’23
Hannah was one of several Rutgers MHA students selected to receive a scholarship to attend the ACHE Conference. She said it was an amazing opportunity where she was able to network and further delve into her specific healthcare interests. Overall, she said the RMHA program has taught her what type of healthcare administrator she wants to become.
Allie Chu, MHA ’23
The diversity of the student body was one of the most valuable parts of Allie Chu’s experience in the Rutgers MHA Program, she says. Her fellowship placed her in Houston, Texas, as SCA Health places fellows around the country depending on the preceptor-preceptee match and preceptee interests.
Jitty Joseph, MHA ’23
Jitty Joseph’s fellowship will enable her to rotate through the core areas of Hackensack Meridian Health, working alongside healthcare executives, and gaining hands-on experience and exposure to a variety of sectors in administration and leadership.
Ayushi Pandya, MHA ’23
Ayushi is confident that the valuable experience she has gained throughout the Rutgers MHA will help prepare her for a future professional career and growth as an administrative leader. She will begin her administrative fellowship in July 2023 at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.
Erin Malast, MHA ’22
Erin is an Administrative Fellow/Care Transformation Services Project Manager at Hackensack Meridian Health, in Edison, NJ. She said the Rutgers MHA degree contributed to her professional success by providing both a great deal of knowledge and a professional path. She pursued, created, and implemented the Administrative Fellowship Program at HMH, in which she is currently participating.
Vivian Mensah, MHA ’22
Vivian is an Administrative Fellow at Hackensack Meridian Health. Her current rotation is with Hospital Operations in the Neptune, NJ location.
Rebecca Miller, MHA ’22
Rebecca is an Administrative Fellow at Roper St. Francis Healthcare, located in Charleston, SC. As part of her fellowship, she is working under the Chief Operating Officer (COO). The “real world” applicability of courses like Six Sigma Green and Black Belt and the Professional Practicum provided her with great exposure to the healthcare industry and current problems it is facing. Because of those courses, she made the decision to leave her previous career and pursue a post-graduate administrative fellowship and work in a hospital-based setting.
Katrina Moreno, MHA ’22
Katrina is a Central Division Administrative Fellow at Providence Health in Spokane, WA. As part of her fellowships, she provides support to projects throughout eastern Washington, Montana, Oregon, New Mexico, and Texas. She said her Rutgers MHA degree has supplied her with invaluable resources and opened up countless opportunities in healthcare management. “It was evident Rutgers cared about deliberate mentoring, wanted me to succeed, and supported my career path post-MHA. And the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt course offered as an elective is so incredibly unique; comprehension of six sigma philosophies and principles has benefited my career in how I approach or navigate complex projects.”
Anna Pryamkova, MHA ’22
As an Administrative Fellow, Anna has been given an opportunity to work on special projects within the department of pathology & cell biology, allowing her to experience areas including finance, strategic planning, compliance, human resources, operations, and research administration. Currently working at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City, Anna participated in case competitions during her time at Rutgers, which helped her develop business acumen and better understand strategic and financial needs taken into consideration when talking about organizational progress.
Rakel Barrientos, MHA ’21
Rakel noted that several of the courses she took while completing her degree directly tie into what she is doing on a daily basis. What she learned in the data analysis course has helped her conduct, interpret and present data and metrics in her hospital’s operating rooms. Lean Six Sigma taught her how to streamline processes and improve performance tools that she uses when running the department.
Mustafa A. Rahman, MHA ’21
Mustafa served as an administrative fellow at University Hospital in Newark, NJ from January to December, 2022. He feels that his experience with the Rutgers MHA degree helped him to climb the career ladder into a leadership position within a very short period of time. He began his hospital career in an associate administrative position within Administration and within six months of beginning his master’s program, was promoted to manager. He was selected as the inaugural Administrative Fellow after two years and now 18 months post-graduation, heis serving as a director and special advisor to the senior leadership team.
Lina Maria Alfonso, MHA ’20
Through the preparation that Lina Maria received in the program, she was able to successfully transition into an Administrative Fellowship at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) immediately following her graduation in 2020. She says she has continued to utilize the skills she acquired through the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Lina Maria listed the program’s strengths as its experienced faculty and staff, challenging course work and certifications, and the priority it places on the professional development of future healthcare leaders both as students and alumni. Lina Maria has continued to be involved in the program as a mentor to current students as well as leading the Rutgers MHA Alumni Association (RMHAAA).