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Medical Student Business Fellowship

How to apply? Please submit a resume, cover letter and one paragraph describing your prior experience and specific interest in the fellowship program.

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Medical Student Business Fellowship

A summer fellowship designed for medical students who want to learn about the business of medicine at one of the nation’s largest health service organizations.

You will work with Geisinger’s executive leadership to develop a business plan for a high-priority system initiative, such as:

  • Improving hospital processes
  • Improving care management
  • Managing payor strategies
  • Developing IT strategies

You will research and analyze data, develop hypotheses and present your findings and recommendations.

Hire type
: Full-time with competitive pay
Duration: 8 to 12 weeks depending on students’ summer schedule 
Location: Geisinger Medical Center Danville, Pennsylvania

How to apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter and one paragraph describing your prior experience and specific interest in the fellowship program.

Applications open: September 16, 2019

Applications due: January 8, 2020, 11:59 PM EST

Interviews: Select candidates will be interviewed between September and January. Since interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis, we strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications before the January deadline. Finalists will be invited for a second-round interview with program leadership.

Decision made: February 12, 2020

If you have questions regarding the fellowship or the application process, please email Andrew Luo at:

Helping you prepare for the future of healthcare

The Medical Student Business Fellowship offers unique opportunities for education and hands-on training in the following areas:

  • Healthcare financing: Healthcare costs in the U.S. continue to rise, and organizations have an opportunity to contribute to the solution by driving toward greater value in healthcare. Physicians will play a pivotal role in charting this path toward greater value, and this will be enabled by equipping physicians with a deeper understanding of the economic complexities and challenges in healthcare.
  • Management and leadership: Along with their clinical duties, physicians are taking on more responsibilities in health system administration and executive leadership. The number of MD/MBA joint degree programs have more than doubled since 2000, as medical schools are realizing that building students’ skill sets in management and leadership are crucial for the development of future physician leaders.
  • Health systems science: There is increasing emphasis on health system science education in medical school curricula, including coursework on healthcare quality, patient safety, value-based care, and population health. National organizations such as the American Medical Association have dedicated multi-million dollar grants so that medical schools can build out health systems curricula, and health systems science is being incorporated in medical board licensing exams.

How does the fellowship work?


Orientation to Geisinger 
Business plan assignment


Conduct external research and analyze data sets 
Participate in team meetings and problem solve


Document findings and conclusions
Present your business plan

Do I qualify?


  • Be actively enrolled in medical school
  • Work independently without supervision
  • Have strong research and analytical capabilities


  • Prior business experience, such as consulting or healthcare administration
  • Enrolled in joint MD/MBA program

Program Brochure

Learn more about the medical student business fellowship and the executive leaders you will work with closely

Featured Fellows

Jack Zhao

“Geisinger’s long-standing focus on harnessing innovation to enhance and build upon patient-centered medicine really resonates with me. It’s exciting to be part of Geisinger’s journey to transform healthcare, and to explore new ways of combining research, technology and metrics to improve clinical outcomes.”

Jack Zhao

Jack Zhao

Hometown: Champaign, IL

Medical school: Yale School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Yale University, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering

Medical specialty of interest: Internal Medicine

Prior work experience: Analyst at Yale University Office for Human Resources and Administration

Project work at Geisinger:

  • Assessment and analysis of IT opportunities to improve primary care
  • Evaluation of strategies aimed at decreasing opioid use
  • Cost-benefit analysis of supply chain and cost-saving opportunities for surgical procedures
  • Financial modeling to forecast the impact of new telemedicine capabilities
Michael Sessine

“Geisinger gave me a rare opportunity to work with physician leaders at one of the most respected healthcare organizations in the country. They’re committed to providing hands-on experience and to guiding and developing the next generation of physicians.”

Michael Sessine

Michael Sessine

Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI

Medical school: University of Michigan

Undergraduate: University of Michigan, B.S. in Biology

Medical specialty of interest: Urology

Prior work experience: Research Analyst at Institute of Healthcare Policy and Innovation

Project work at Geisinger:

  • Root-cause analysis and recommendations to improve post-surgical patient outcomes
  • Collaboration with medical device companies to decrease intra-operative complications
  • Assessment of growth opportunities for Geisinger’s Proven Recovery program
  • Financial modeling to forecast the impact of new telemedicine capabilities