Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the fellowship program, application and process. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact us.

Who is the official preceptor?
Bob Hemker

When are the application and accompanying materials due? And should the applications be received or only postmarked by this time? 
October 2, 2017. Please note that October 2, 2017 is the final date for receipt of applications and NOT the postmark date. 

What documents should I submit in order to be considered for the 2018-19 Fellowship program?
Application form, current resume, statement of intent, official graduate school transcript, 2 signed and sealed letters of recommendation (1 professional, 1 academic). 

When will the 2018-19 Fellowship recipient be selected?
Mid-November 2017

How long is the Administrative Fellowship?
One year (12 months) 

How many fellows are selected for the program each year?

How many fellows has the preceptor received in his career?

Who is the current fellow? Can I contact the current Fellow with further questions about the application or fellowship experience to date? 
Yasmin Hussain. Questions and concerns welcomed.

How long has the Palomar Health Administrative Fellowship Program existed? 
12 years.

Can the Administrative Fellowship substitute as the Administrative Residency requirement for my university’s degree program?
No, it is expected that each Fellowship applicant will have earned an MHA, MPH, MBA with an emphasis in healthcare management, or degree equivalent to the aforementioned studies prior to beginning the fellowship.

Does the Administrative Fellowship choose students from any university?
No, Palomar Health will choose from CAHME, CEPH, or AACSB associated graduate programs only.

How does the preceptor track and assess the progress of the Fellow?
The preceptor typically meets with the Fellow on a weekly basis (or as much as his schedule permits) to provide the Fellow with an opportunity to reflect and discuss progress and/or challenges with the preceptor. The Administrative Fellow will also get a formal 90-day evaluation as any other employee of the health system.

Will Fellowship applicants be notified in writing regarding their final application status?
Yes, all applicants who are no longer being considered for the fellowship program will be notified in writing. 

Will the Fellow have the opportunity to attend executive level meetings?
Yes, as a Fellow you will have the opportunity to attend a wide range of meetings, including but not limited to Executive Management Team, Board of Directors, Human Resources, Finance, Medical Executive Committee, Physician Capital Advisory Committee and Expansion Steering Committee meetings. 

Are project rotations preselected or based upon the needs of the individual Fellow?
The preceptor works closely with the Fellow to develop rotations based upon the Fellow’s career goals and key focus areas to ensure a robust and comprehensive experience. 

What facilities are owned and/or operated by Palomar Health?
Palomar Health facilities include Palomar Medical Center Escondido, Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido, Palomar Medical Center Poway, Villa Pomerado, Palomar Health Expresscare Clinica, and Home Health Care. 

At which of the Palomar Health affiliated locations is the Fellow based? 
The Fellow is based at the Grand Corporate office with Mr. Hemker, but will have sufficient time and opportunities to assist with or work on projects at any of the Palomar Health affiliated facilities. 

Is there any requirement for the Fellow to accept a position upon completion of the Fellowship year? 

Is there any obligation for Palomar Health to hire the Fellow on a permanent basis following the completion of the fellowship program? 

Where is San Diego geographically located in relation to Los Angeles? 
San Diego is located 120 miles south of Los Angeles (approximately a two hour drive). 

What is there to do in San Diego? 
Regarded as “America’s Finest City,” with activities ranging from Culture to Entertainment and Sports, there is sure to be something for everyone in San Diego. For more information about San Diego please visit


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