Medical Student Business Fellowship
To apply: Send a resume, cover letter and one paragraph describing your prior experience and specific interest in the program.
A summer fellowship designed for medical students who want to learn about the business of medicine at one of the nation’s largest health service organizations.
You will work with Geisinger’s executive leadership to develop a business plan for a high-priority system initiative, such as:
- Improving hospital processes
- Improving care management
- Managing payor strategies
- Developing IT strategies
You will research and analyze data, develop hypotheses and present your findings and recommendations.
Hire type: Full-time with competitive pay
Duration: 8 to 12 weeks depending on students’ summer schedule
Location: Geisinger Medical Center Danville, Pennsylvania
How to apply
Submit a resume, cover letter and one paragraph describing your prior experience and specific interest in the program.
Applications open: Sept. 4, 2023
Applications due: Jan. 10, 2024, 11:59 p.m. ET
Interviews: Select candidates will be interviewed between September and January. Since interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis, we strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications before the January deadline. Finalists will be invited for a second-round interview with program leadership.
Decision made: Feb. 24, 2024
If you have questions regarding the fellowship or the application process, email Andrew Luo at email@example.com.
Helping you prepare for the future of healthcare
The Medical Student Business Fellowship offers unique opportunities for education and hands-on training in the following areas:
- Healthcare financing: Healthcare costs in the U.S. continue to rise, and organizations have an opportunity to contribute to the solution by driving toward greater value in healthcare. Physicians will play a pivotal role in charting this path toward greater value, and this will be enabled by equipping physicians with a deeper understanding of the economic complexities and challenges in healthcare.
- Management and leadership: Along with their clinical duties, physicians are taking on more responsibilities in health system administration and executive leadership. The number of MD/MBA joint degree programs have more than doubled since 2000, as medical schools are realizing that building students’ skill sets in management and leadership are crucial for the development of future physician leaders.
- Health systems science: There is increasing emphasis on health system science education in medical school curricula, including coursework on healthcare quality, patient safety, value-based care, and population health. National organizations such as the American Medical Association have dedicated multi-million dollar grants so that medical schools can build out health systems curricula, and health systems science is being incorporated in medical board licensing exams.
How does the fellowship work?
• Orientation to Geisinger
• Business plan assignment
• Conduct external research and analyze data sets
• Participate in team meetings and problem solve
• Document findings and conclusions
• Present your business plan
Do I qualify?
Over the course of the summer, fellows worked on projects including:
- Identified potential growth strategies for Geisinger 65 Forward
- Developed a financial analysis for Geisinger ProvenCare
- Investigated workflow redesign for hospitalists and advanced practitioners
- Created an executive summary report for the Steele Institute for Health Innovation
- Identified opportunities to improve use of palliative care and hospice
- Analyzed data to improve the workflow of Geisinger 65 Forward
- Investigated the application of artificial intelligence/machine learning models
- Drafted a publication on the lessons learned from deploying analytics at Geisinger
Past fellows have gone on to pursue a variety of clinical interests at residency programs across the country:
- Maryam Alausa – MD/MBA student at University of Pennsylvania
- Azraa Chaudhury – Medical student at Northwestern University
- Prerak Juthani – Internal Medicine at Stanford Medicine
- Kenneth Lee – Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
- Jessica Lin – Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital
- Angela Malinovitch – Medical student at University of Pennsylvania
- Neil Rens – Anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital
- Michael Sessine – Urology at Wayne State University
- Diane Somlo – Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital
- Daniel Thomas – Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
- Akhil Upneja – Internal Medicine at UCSF Medical Center
- Jack Zhao – Internal Medicine at University of Chicago Medical Center
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Medical school: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Undergraduate school: Cornell University
Specialty of interest: Family Medicine or Internal Medicine
Prior work experience: Senior consultant at Deloitte Consulting
“Geisinger places a heavy emphasis on community health and value-based care. This fellowship strengthened my understanding of healthcare at the system level and gave me the opportunity to dive into topics that are not part of the classic medical school curriculum.”
Eric ShanHometown: Acton, MA
Medical school: University of Pennsylvania
Undergraduate school: University of Pennsylvania
Specialty of interest: Internal Medicine
Prior work experience: Quantitative researcher at Meta
“Working alongside Geisinger’s provider-led executive team was a transformative experience that helped me better understand what it takes to lead, operate and grow a health system. I plan to take insights with me throughout my career.”