Welcome from the Preceptor

Elizabeth Long     
Chief Operating Officer, Duke Primary Care

Thank you for your interest in the Duke Primary Care Administrative Fellowship. This program offers an in-depth learning experience in physician practice management, strategic network management, and performance improvement.

Established in 1995, Duke Primary Care is one of the largest academic medical center primary care networks in the country. Duke Primary Care plays a key role in the advancement of Duke Health’s strategic initiatives, reflecting Duke’s commitment to providing high quality care and a superior patient experience. 

For over 20 years, Duke Primary Care has provided practice management support for primary and urgent care providers. We allow our providers to focus on their patients, while experienced practice administrators assume operational responsibilities.  Duke Primary Care is accredited by The Joint Commission, and all practices are recognized as Patient Centered Medical Homes.

If you have any questions regarding this information, I welcome you to contact any of the current fellows at your convenience.

Elizabeth Long     
Chief Operating Officer, Duke Primary Care

About the Fellowship

If you are beginning a career in health management and seeking an opportunity to expand your knowledge of the field while gaining valuable experience in an ambulatory care environment, we encourage you to consider the Duke Primary Care Administrative Fellowship Program.

Established in 2016, this 2-year program for masters-prepared candidates combines rotations in various areas of the primary care network with meaningful project opportunities, all designed to further develop competencies relevant to ambulatory care management.

Program Details

Project Work

During the first year, fellows will gain exposure to clinical operations and strategic network management through shadowing opportunities and projects that pair practice management concepts with network and health system initiatives. In the second year, fellows will have the opportunity to further align their professional goals and interests with focused project work, while working closely with our senior leadership team.


All rotations and projects are derived from competencies critical to the success of primary care network administrators, including:

  • Financial Management
  • Operational Management
  • Innovation and Quality Improvement
  • Lean Performance Improvement Methodologies
  • Patient Experience
  • Workforce Development and Management
  • Professional Revenue Cycle
  • Population Health
  • Physician Recruitment and Compensation Planning
  • Compliance, Regulatory Environment, and Risk Management
  • Information Technology

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Application Information

The Duke Primary Care Administrative Fellowship Program seeks diverse, motivated team players who desire to develop personally and professionally.


  • A masters or other graduate-level degree
  • A strong interest in primary care network operations
  • A foundational knowledge in the core competencies of healthcare administration
  • Candidates must have completed the didactic degree requirements from accredited masters-level programs


  • Completed Application Form
  • Current Resume/CV (2-page limit)
  • Graduate School Transcript (Official or Unofficial)
  • Faculty Recommendation* (Limit 1)
  • Other Recommendation* (Limit 1)
  • Personal Statement that addresses the following topics (1-page limit): 
    • Why are you interested in an administrative fellowship? 
    • Why are you interested in Duke Primary Care? 
  • Essay Response that addresses the following (1-page limit): 
    • Describe a time when you had to adapt to unexpected change in your professional or personal life. What was your response? What did you learn from the experience? 


  • The application for the 2024-2026 fellowship cycle will open 7/10/2023 and close 9/5/2023 at 5:00 PM EST
  • 1st Round interviews will be conducted in September
  • 2nd Round interviews will be conducted in September, if needed
  • Final Round interviews will be conducted via zoom in October
  • The fellowship offer must be accepted within 24 hours 


                                                   *Please address letters of recommendation to the DPC Administrative Fellowship Selection Committee*

Please note:

  • Ambulatory care experience is not required
  • We are unable to sponsor international visas at this time
  • Graduate level clinical degree holders are accepted (Ex. MD, MSN)
  • Candidates must have completed the didactic degree requirements from accredited masters-level programs
  • You may apply to multiple administrative fellowship programs. Please ensure you read each program’s requirements carefully and submit all required materials to each program.
  • Duke University Health System Administrative Fellowship Programs will be conducting virtual final interviews for the 2024 – 2026 fellowship cycle.

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Current Fellows

2nd year fellow

Jalyn Schneider, MHA     
Hometown: Bay City, TX     
Graduate Education: University of Pittsburgh     
Interests: Hiking, Cooking, Attending Concerts

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1st year fellow

Clara Ramirez MBA, MPH     
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, TX     
Graduate Education: Texas Christian University     
Interests: Running, yoga, musicals

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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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