America’s hospitals and health systems are transforming to meet the changing needs of our patients and our communities. It is vital that future health care leaders have the knowledge and skills to adapt while navigating these changes.
The AHA Next Generation Leaders Fellowship focuses on developing leaders and empowering them to bring about real and lasting change in the hospital and health systems in which they serve. This annual fellowship is a unique opportunity to be paired with an executive-level mentor who will guide you through the planning and execution of a year-long capstone project at your hospital or health system, tackling key issues and challenges affecting health care affordability, cost, quality and safety.
Discover key dates and everything you need to know about the fellowship.
Check out the diverse fellows who make up our latest cohort.
Meet current mentors who provide personalized coaching throughout the program.
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Virtual Information Session
Join this Q&A session on February 1, 2023, at 12 p.m. CT. with Admissions Directors, Jen Braun and Kara Schram to get all your fellowship questions answered before the application deadline on March 31, 2023.
- Program details, including curriculum and mentoring opportunities, and transformation project
- Scholarships for Age-Friendly fellows
- Admission criteria and the application process
- A current fellow will also be available to answer questions
Fellows in Action
- Participate in Interactive, Collaborative Learning
Experience a transformational learning environment where participants engage with a community of experts and peers to solve complex problems both online and in-person.
- Establish Lifelong Networking Connections with Peers and Mentors
Network and make professional connections with peers, mentors and expert faculty. A mentor will be matched to each Fellow in order to provide personalized coaching and guidance throughout the program.
- Manage Change in the Face of Uncertainty
Gain the skills to lead behavioral and system-based changes within your organization.
- Improve Value in Health Care
Gain leadership skills through the execution of a project that will provide value to your organization.
- Gain Solutions to Current Challenges Your Organization is Facing
Fellows will be working on a project that will benefit their organization’s strategic needs.
- Strengthen Your Organization’s Leadership Capability
Fellows become more valuable to their organizations from day one, because they bring back new ways to look at challenges and leadership skills that are immediately applicable.
- Develop New and Stronger Connections to the Field
Not only do Fellows gain new perspectives and insights by working closely with peers and mentors, they also form relationships that outlast the program. By forging long-lasting bonds with equally ambitious and often like-minded professionals, Fellows bring connections and resources back to their organizations, in addition to the knowledge they acquire.
- Increase Employee Retention
Developing high-potential employees pays off in retention, innovation and succession planning. Studies have shown that employees whose organizations invest in their professional development remain loyal to their current employers for the long-term, both securing and extending your return on this investment.
"I especially benefited from the mentoring component of the program. It was, quite honestly, one of the most valuable educational experiences that I have had during my career.”
Executive Vice President & COO, Cottage Health
“It fits easily into a busy schedule. I highly recommend the experience as a way to take the next steps in your career.”
Medical Director of Palliative Services and an Associate Professor of Medicine in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care
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