For FY 2012, the Western Maryland Health System is reactivating our Internal Fellowship program. It's a program that provides structured opportunities for Bachelor's prepared employees who have been with the Health System for at least one year and seek advancement in the organization.
Managers submit projects (i.e. a process improvement, a new service, a new product line) with a duration of six months and the selected fellows are matched with a project. Members of Executive Management serve as mentors throughout the process. The fellows perform their regular job responsibilities in addition to their fellowship project work. They are paid a stipend after the project completed and presented.
The Internal Fellowship program won the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania's Achievement Award and brought WMHS our Service Excellence philosophy through a previous project. It is a great way to identify talent, develop staff and to promote from within the organization.