Groner Fellowship Program

Groner Fellowship

Developing the next generation of leaders

The Dr. Frank Groner Administrative Fellowship Program at Baptist Memorial Health Care is an immersive, one-year training opportunity where fellows learn and work with the guidance of executive-level leadership. The Fellowship begins in June and is completed in May of the following year, during which participating fellows experience broad exposure to every aspect of a faith-based integrated comprehensive regional health care system, ranging from inpatient care and outpatient services to medical clinics and telehealth, across a three-state region.

The administrative fellowship is configured into three phases. In the first phase, fellows spend time in the corporate offices learning about the overall management of the system. Emphasis is placed on gaining knowledge about the system support services, including strategic planning, operational management, managed care, finance, human resources, quality, legal, marketing, government relations and clinical service lines supporting cardiology, neurology, oncology, pediatrics, and many other areas.

Fellows spend the second phase of their fellowship in the operating entities of the health care system, including all 22 hospitals. Fellows also gain frontline access to the operations of the Baptist Medical Group clinics with over 900 providers, Baptist outpatient surgery and imaging centers, home care, hospice, emergency services, and telemedicine.

During the third phase, fellows begin applying their knowledge and developing their management skills as they are asked to support and lead innovation teams through active projects for the health system.

Upon completion of the Dr. Frank Grover Fellowship, graduates will have gained a broad and in-depth understanding of the technical aspects of operating a comprehensive health care system, with the leadership skills needed to transition into an administrative health system leadership role.

Apply for the 2024-25 Groner Fellowship

The next application period for the Dr. Frank Groner Administrative Fellowship program will open in August 2023 for the 2024-2025 (June-May) cycle. Emailed applications must be submitted between August 1 and September 20, 2023 to be eligible for consideration. See our Application Page  for details on how to apply.

The Groner Fellowship is not available for the 2023-2024 cycle.

Our Preceptors

Experience a true mentorship

Throughout the 12-month fellowship, the Dr. Frank Groner Fellow works directly with two preceptors – Baptist’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Jason Little, and Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. Zach Chandler. These two executive leaders guide the fellows personally throughout the fellowship. Additionally, fellows are closely mentored in all phases of the fellowship by Baptist executive leaders throughout the health care system, including members of the Senior Leadership Team, hospital and medical group CEOs, and corporate system services.

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Current and Past Fellows

A legacy of leadership

Current fellows have the unique opportunity to build on the legacies of previous Dr. Frank Groner fellows who have gone on to enjoy remarkable careers in health care and hospital administration at some of the most prestigious systems in the U.S. and throughout the world. Meet our current and past fellows and see where your experience here can take you.

Current and Past Fellows

Living and working in Memphis

Big city life, small town feel

While Memphis is commonly known as the Birthplace of Rock and Roll and the Home of the Blues, it has also always been the City of Good Abode. With its unique blend of culture, history, nightlife, arts and nature, not to mention a refreshingly low cost of living, Memphis offers big city living with a small town feel.

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Program Overview

Concentrations and opportunities

The Groner Fellowship ensures that our fellows spend constructive time in almost every area of the hospital system from meeting with senior management in the C-Suite to shadowing opportunities with our frontline health care heroes, private physician group, and hospital and outpatient operations.

Learn more about the program's concentrations and opportunities