Healthcare Administration, Leadership and Management Fellowship


This two-year Healthcare Administration, Leadership, and Management (HALM) fellowship prepares physicians for leadership roles in healthcare. The fellowship is hosted by the Healthpartners Institute and is based at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN. Healthpartners is the largest consumer governed nonprofit healthcare organization in the nation. It is an integrated healthcare organization providing healthcare delivery and the administration of a healthplan. This unique environment enables fellows to learn directly from a variety of leaders with varied expertise in healthcare.


A two-year fellowship that includes:

  • Completion of a master’s degree in business administration or healthcare administration
  • Didactics and participation in healthcare administration, leadership, and management
  • Mentorship and advising from healthcare leaders with expertise in leadership, finance, information technology, quality improvement, operations, healthcare law, and innovation
  • Completion of a project for presentation or publication
  • The practice of clinical medicine

Core Topics:

  • Career Pathways in Healthcare Leadership, Quality Improvement, and Operations
  • Leadership in Healthcare
  • Healthcare Governance
  • Quality Improvement Science and Implementation
  • Patient Safety
  • Practice Perform Evaluation
  • Benchmarking and Operations
  • Medical Informatics
  • Finance, Reimbursement, and Budgeting in Healthcare
  • Utilization Review
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • External Quality Improvement: Accreditation & Certification


  1. Strauss & Mayer’s Emergency Department Management. Second Edition. Editors: R Strauss, T Mayer
  2. Medical Quality Management: Theory and Practice. Third Edition. Editors: Angelo Giardino, Lee Ann Riesenberg, and Prathibha Varkey
  3. Assessment of Practice Performance in Emergency Medicine: A Clinician’s Guide to Quality Improvement. Anthony Ferroggiaro
  4. The Healthcare Quality Book: Vision, Strategy, and Tools. Fifth Edition. Editors: MS Joshi, ER Ranson, DB Nash, and SB Ransom
  5. HQ Solutions: Resource for the Healthcare Quality Professional. Fourth Edition. Editors: LR Pelletier, CL Beaudin

Quality Improvement or Patient Safety Project:

Completion of one major project resulting in publication or a conference presentation.

Conference Attendance:

Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care


Funding for the fellow’s salary and tuition comes from working half time clinically at Regions Hospital and/or affiliated outlying facilities, CME and tuition reimbursement.

Past Fellows:

Alex Asp, MD: July 2018 – June 2020

Jacqueline Hegarty, MD, MBA: July 2017 – June 2018

Ryan Bourdon, MD, MBA: July 2014 – June 2016

Kara Tomlinson, MD, MBA: July 2011 – June 2012

Ryan Bourdon, MD, MBA
Fellowship Director
Associate Medical Director of Quality