July 2023 - June 2024


The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Administrative Fellowship provides a foundational, project-based, post-graduate experience for aspiring health care 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 health care market.

Application Process and Timeline

The application deadline for the 2023-2024 administrative fellowship is Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. 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 health care 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 is designed to expose the individual to a broad range of work experience in several key areas of focus. These areas include quality and 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 opportunity to extend to a second year upon mutual agreement of organization, preceptor, and fellow. Fellows will receive a competitive salary, plus generous benefits.

Current Administrative Fellow

Becca Ruff,

Becca Ruff, MHA
University of Minnesota,  2022

Becca Ruff earned her Master of Health Administration from the University of Minnesota. As a graduate student, Becca completed her administrative residency at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (HBFF). At HBFF Becca engaged in the strategic planning process by creating models to explore the impact of pursuing different growth opportunities and associated capital investments. Becca also earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, with a minor in Global Health Studies, from the University of Iowa. Her hobbies include reading, doing yoga, and playing board games with friends and family. Her interests in healthcare include strategy, operational performance and efficiency, as well as population 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.