NYC Health + Hospitals Launches Application for Clinical Leadership Fellowship

By A Correspondent
Graduating fellows from the Clinical Leadership Fellowship Class of 2022 – 2023, in order of left to right: Drs. Junaid Anwar, Jason Raggi, Tamara Kliot, Kaushal Khambhati, Stasha O’Callaghan, Leo Eisenstein, and Patrick Milord.(Photo courtesy Health + Hospitals)

NYC Health + Hospitals has announced the open application period for the Clinical Leadership Fellowship, a one-year opportunity designed for post-residency graduates interested in administrative roles within the Health + Hospitals system.

NYC Health + Hospitals is the nation’s largest municipal health care delivery system, providing high-quality, affordable care to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay. The system includes 11 hospitals, 30 Gotham Health Centers, and 5 long-term care centers, as well as a variety of other health care services. NYC Health + Hospitals is committed to providing its patients with compassionate, dignified, and respectful care.

During the fellowship, the participants are assigned to teams within NYC Health + Hospitals’ offices of quality, population health, ambulatory care, managed care and patient growth, or medical and professional affairs to acquire hands-on, practical work experience.

NYC Health + Hospitals is an important part of the fabric of New York City. It provides care to millions of New Yorkers each year, and it is committed to making sure that all New Yorkers have access to high-quality, affordable health care.

As part of their participation, fellows are required to design and lead a quality improvement or population health project at their sponsoring facility. In addition, fellows provide clinical care to some of the city’s most vulnerable patients.

The application deadline for next year’s fellowship is September 29, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

“Now in its fifth year, the Clinical Leadership Fellowship offers mission-driven post-residency graduates the chance to work hand-in-hand with senior leaders to drive key operational improvements across our system,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer Eric Wei, MD, MBA. “The fellows bring their passion, experiences, and out-of-the-box ideas to support our system’s priorities and further our commitment to high quality care.”

“The Clinical Leadership Fellows are embedded into the day to day challenges our clinical leaders face, translating strategy through implementation to outcomes,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Machelle Allen, MD. “Each year, a diverse group of fellows makes a demonstrable impact toward our mission, all while learning the skills to become the next generation of leaders at NYC Health + Hospitals.”

The curriculum includes fundamentals of leadership and administration, population health approaches to improving outcomes, team facilitation and change management, fundamentals of quality improvement and the science of quality measurement, developing and implementing quality improvement initiatives, designing safe systems, and building a “just” culture.

Previous fellows have played critical roles in NYC Health + Hospitals’ programming, such as:

  • Expanding virtual ExpressCare (telehealth services) for vulnerable populations.
  • Helping lead major systemwide initiatives related to improving mammography operations, expanding community health work programming, expanding midwifery services, and improving care for patients with sickle cell disease.
  • Supporting an initiative to build discharge navigators for congestive heart failure patients in an effort to ensure that more patients are discharged with the appropriate guideline-directed medication therapy.
  • Helping lead and support surge planning for pediatric Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

The 2023 – 2024 class of fellows begins their fellowship this week. According an announcement by Health + Hospitals, the fellowship class includes the following participants:

Brooklyn

  • Mubarak Akadri, MBBS, MPH is assigned to the Office of Quality & Safety. He will conduct his clinical practice at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings.

Manhattan

  • Thea Belay, MD is assigned to the Office of Medical & Professional Affairs. She will conduct her clinical practice at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.
  • Delia Shen, MD is assigned to the Office of Ambulatory Care. She will conduct her clinical practice at NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur.
  • Lawrence “Taylor” Lucas, MD is assigned to the Office of Ambulatory Care. He will conduct his clinical practice at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan.

Queens

  • Anuj Rao, MD is assigned to the Office of Population Health. He will conduct his clinical practice at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst.

How to Apply:

Physicians who have completed or are on track to complete a residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education prior to July 1, 2024 can apply. The application deadline is September 29. Applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. To apply, visit https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/clinical-leadership-fellowship/.

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