When we speak of the Healthcare System in The United States it is often with a sense of resignation or futility. It is obvious to most of us that reform is urgently needed but that lasting solutions are complex and difficult to come by. Those of us who work in healthcare management are extremely aware of the need for change and I am convinced that we can make huge improvements from within, which is why I have dedicated myself to this career. I believe that professional management systems can play an increasingly crucial role in healthcare administration and that by actively seeking to improve the operational abilities of our hospitals then we will also begin to see a marked improvement in the quality of the healthcare which we provide. The goal of everyone involved is to provide the best possible care for our patients.
I recently completed my master's in health administration and gerontology at the University of XXXX which was such a rewarding experience that I feel the next step must be to apply for a hospital fellowship. I have worked in healthcare for over eight years now and as someone who has always been goal orientated, I am really looking forward to facing the new and exciting challenges a fellowship would present. I see it as an opportunity to gain valuable insight into the practical demands of hospital administration and to achieve a broader awareness and understanding of the organization's structure, departments, and staff. My professional experiences until now have prepared me to face any obstacles that may arise and have developed in me a determination and strength of character that will enable me to succeed.
I have a very solid record of accomplishment both in healthcare administration and business operations and have proven accomplishments in areas of organizational and leadership assessment, recruitment and competency training and coordinating workforce management objectives with a focus on individual, departmental and team concepts. I have been actively involved in the recruitment of medical staff and followed this up with the establishment of critical training programs that not only ensured a competent and compliant medical workforce but also ensured a 95% staff retention rate. I have also helped conduct research and advised healthcare organizations on issues ranging from diabetes self-management to cardiovascular risks. As a volunteer with the XXXX Department of Health I helped to coordinate the XXXX Health Promotion Project which seeks to eradicate health disparities in type 2 diabetes and heart disease among Hispanics and African Americans living in the XXXX Community.
I believe that my professional experience has provided me with a solid foundation on which to further build my career. The issues surrounding healthcare administration have been a central theme throughout my career and I welcome the opportunity to research them further. I am convinced that businesses, both large and small, increasingly recognize the distinction between a manager and a leader. There is a fundamental difference between someone who merely assigns tasks that need to be done and a visionary who can paint a scenario and then inspire his employees to work towards achieving that same goal. My aspiration is to become an integral part of a healthcare organization which I can then help to define and communicate its strategy and objectives. At the same time, it is essential to ensure that business procedures are as efficient as possible while we build trust and bolster morale.
The fellowship which I am seeking will offer rewards on many levels. I want to expand my own knowledge of the machinations and inner workings of a healthcare organization. I hope to be able to aid employees to grow professionally, individually, and as a part of a team, so that they can continue to make meaningful contributions towards advancing the organization’s mission. I hope to dedicate myself fully to improving the healthcare system from within.
Fellowship Personal Statement Healthcare Administration