July 1, 2024 – July 11, 2025


The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Administrative Fellowship provides a foundational, project-based, post-graduate experience for aspiring healthcare administrators in academic medicine. The fellow will work under the supervision of the Administrative Chief of Staff of UI Hospitals & Clinics, at the direction of the CEO of UI Hospitals & Clinics, and will have broad involvement, interaction, and exposure to the corporate operations of this nationally-ranked teaching hospital and health sciences campus. The position offers a complete perspective of the organization, including its relationship with the UI Carver College of Medicine, UI Physicians, and the healthcare market.

Application Process and Timeline

The 2024-2025 administrative fellowship application deadline is Friday, September 8, 2023. Learn more about the application process and timeline.


The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is a nationally recognized academic medical center that provides services from board-certified physicians in more than 200 specialties. The medical center is nationally ranked in 4 adult and 7 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital serves the role of a comprehensive healthcare center, receiving referrals for specialty care from physicians around the country.

The fellow will work at the direction of the CEO of UI Hospitals & Clinics through the Administrative Chief of Staff Office and partner with clinical and administrative leaders across the enterprise to advance the operational and strategic goals of this world-class academic medical center.

The fellowship exposes the individual to a broad range of work experience in several key focus areas. These areas include quality, safety, finance, operational efficiency, and patient and staff well-being. The content of the fellowship is tailored to best match the individual’s goals with organizational needs.


  • Participation in senior management meetings, where operational, policy, and strategic planning issues are addressed for the hospital and UI Health Care
  • Participation in central corporate functions (e.g., finance and general operations)
  • An ability to lead and participate in projects and programs central to the hospital and UI Health Care (e.g., Joint Commission preparation, budget development, clinical program analysis, quality improvement initiatives)
  • Assumption of a partial role as the service representative for the Office of the CEO 
  • Participation in the educational process within the University of Iowa Department of Health Management and Policy


  • The UI Hospitals & Clinics Administrative Fellowship Program is well-established, making the organization fully equipped to offer a rich and engaging experience
  • Primary focus on the fellow’s assimilation of knowledge, development of attitude and philosophy toward the field, and further refinement of a management style
  • Intention of broadening the range of post-fellowship employment opportunities by providing exposure to various corporate activities of the hospital and UI Health Care
  • Commitment of the entire staff to integrate and retain high-quality fellows within the organization post-fellowship


The UI Hospitals & Clinics Administrative Fellowship involves a one-year commitment with the opportunity to extend to a second year upon mutual agreement of the organization, preceptor, and fellow. Fellows will receive a competitive salary plus generous benefits.

Current Administrative Fellow

Nigel Gawa, portrait

Nigel Gawa, MHA

University of Iowa, 2023

Nigel Gawa earned his Master of Health Administration from the University of Iowa. While pursuing his graduate studies with the executive MHA program, Nigel held the UIHC Anesthesia Workroom Manager position. He has also worked with UIHC environmental services department. Nigel also earned his Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Iowa. His hobbies include traveling, playing soccer, and fishing. His interests in healthcare include dimensions of organizational culture, safety & quality, operations management, and community health.

More Information

Download the UI Hospitals & Clinics Administrative Fellowship Flyer.

Prospective or current candidates are encouraged to contact the current administrative fellow with questions.