Welcome from the Preceptor

Simon Curtis         
Chief Operating Officer, Duke Health Integrated Practice

Thank you for your interest in the Duke Health Integrated Practice (DHIP) Administrative Fellowship Program! DHIP Administrative Fellows are exceptional individuals who embark on a transformative journey to become future healthcare leaders. As an Administrative Fellow within DHIP, you can expect an immersive and rigorous experience that will broaden your understanding of healthcare administration, strategic planning, and operational excellence.

Throughout the fellowship, you will have the opportunity to work closely with renowned leaders, physicians, and administrators at Duke Health, gaining invaluable insights into the complexities of a leading academic medical center. You will be exposed to diverse areas of healthcare, including hospital operations, clinical practice management, finance, quality improvement, and patient experience.

We expect our fellows to demonstrate exceptional drive, passion, and a commitment to advancing the field of healthcare administration. As a DHIP Administrative Fellow, you will be expected to actively contribute to strategic projects, engage in data-driven decision-making, and collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to solve complex challenges.

By the end of the fellowship, you will have gained a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of healthcare administration, honed your leadership skills, and built a valuable network of peers and mentors. You will be well-equipped to make a meaningful impact in healthcare, driving innovation, improving patient outcomes, and shaping the future of healthcare delivery.

Simon Curtis, MHA 
Chief Operating Officer, Duke Health Integrated Practice

About the Fellowship

The Administrative Fellowship is a 2-year program for Masters-level graduates or students whose program requires a year-long fellowship before graduation. The program offers career development opportunities, hands-on experiences in outpatient practice management, and exposure to one of the world's top academic medical centers. Fellows gain first-hand experience in dealing with the internal and external pressures that affect the local and national healthcare landscapes, and how they impact all entities within Duke Health.

To ensure we are in the heart of the action, leadership is strategically located in the center of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, which places us in the middle of our clinical network and supports our current growth plan.

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Applications for the 2025-2027 fellowship program will open July 1, 2024. Information about the application is below.

  • The application deadline is September 3, 2024, at 12:00pm EST
  • 1st and 2nd Round interviews will be conducted in September
  • Final Round interviews will be conducted in October
  • The fellowship offer must be accepted within 24 hours

Year One

During the first year, Fellows rotate through clinical and administrative departments of the clinical practice, outpatient ambulatory network, and Duke University Health System. During these rotations, Fellows gain a comprehensive understanding of the practice, ambulatory operations, strategic initiatives, and healthcare administration by shadowing senior administrators who are dedicated to helping each Fellow succeed. Fellows will also have projects during the first year which provide a hands-on experience with various types of initiatives across all departments and functional areas of the organization. 

Examples of rotations:

  • Clinical Operations
  • Duke Health Access Services
  • Physician Integration
  • Performance Excellence
  • Business Development and Network Services
  • Finance
  • Quality, Safety, and Accreditation

Examples of past first-year projects:

  • New clinic business plans
  • Skin-tone bandage roll out
  • Invoice cost allocation
  • Clinician onboarding dashboard development
  • Clinic activation project management

Year Two

During the second year, Fellows select an area of the organization in which to work based on career interests, organizational priorities, and continued mentoring. In this more focused year, Fellows become part of the management team, and develop health administration leadership experience. Projects in the second year are related to the specific areas that the Fellows have selected, and they span the duration of the second year, allowing the opportunity to manage them from start to finish. 

Examples of second-year areas of focus:

  • Clinic Operations
  • Strategic Planning
  • Access Services
  • Women's Health
  • Patient Experience

Examples of past second-year projects: 

  • Access Champions Leadership - partnering with clinical departments to improve patient access
  • Space Optimization - developing tools to optimize clinic space and support business growth
  • Interim Practice Manager - lead daily operations for a specialty clinic 

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Application Information

The Duke Health Integrated Practice Administrative Fellowship seeks driven, team-oriented individuals with foundational knowledge in the core competencies of healthcare administration, who are looking to grow personally and professionally. 

Application Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • Current Official Graduate School Transcript
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (1 Academic and 1 Professional) - Please address letters of recommendation to the "DHIP Administrative Fellowship Selection Committee"
  • 1-page Statement of Purpose: Explain how your life experiences and journey into healthcare influenced the person you are today and your decision to pursue an ambulatory administrative fellowship. 
  • 1-page Supplemental Essay: Select one of our values - teamwork, excellence, safety, integrity, and diversity - and describe its importance to healthcare leadership. 

*If you have challenges uploading your application materials, feel free to compile all of your application materials into a single PDF and email your complete application to adminfellowshipdhip@duke.edu 

Additional Requirements

  • Candidates must have completed didactic degree requirements for a Masters in Health Administration, Masters in Business Administration, Masters in Public Health, or related advanced degree 
  • Graduate program must be accredited by CAHME, AACSB, CEPH, AUPHA, or a similar accrediting body
  • At this time, we do not sponsor international visas 


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Current Fellows

First Year Fellows (2024-2026)


Erin Jewell, MPH

Hometown: Memphis, TN   
Education: University of Memphis   
Healthcare Fields of Interest: Operations, DEI, Patient and Provider Experience, Performance Improvement
Personal Interests: Cyclebar, Audiobooks, Traveling, Swimming

Gina Koppenaal, MHA

Hometown: Mount Pleasant, SC   
Education: Medical University of South Carolina   
Healthcare Fields of Interest: Human Resources, DEI, Ambulatory Operations
Personal Interests: Cooking, Reading/Writing, Hiking



Second Year Fellows (2023-2025)


Kishan Shah, MHA

Hometown: Piscataway, NJ       
Education: University of Central Florida       
Healthcare Fields of Interest: Ambulatory Operations, Process Improvement, Business Development        
Personal Interests: Traveling, Rock Climbing, Golfing

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Kyleigh Vestal, MHA

Hometown: Cary, NC       
Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill       
Healthcare Fields of Interest: Access Improvements and Innovation, Strategic Growth and Initiatives, Business Development       
Personal Interests: Carolina Hurricanes, Workout Classes, Reality TV

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Our Alumni

Since its creation in 1980, Duke's administrative fellowship program has historically drawn on talent from across the country. Program alumni hold positions in various areas and levels within Duke Health and beyond. 


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