Christopher J. Durovich Administrative Residency Program
Developing aspiring leaders is essential to Children’s Health’s mission to make life better for children. The Administrative Residency program provides motivated health care professionals with Executive mentorship and unique exposure to Children’s Health’s rapid growth and strategic innovation.
The Residency is an immersive 12-month training program for Master’s level aspiring health care professionals. Residents gain comprehensive exposure to hospital leadership and operations through project work and observational rotations.
Examples of past Resident-led projects include: outpatient space utilization analysis, establishing the COVID-19 specialty testing site, developing Northern Market clinical dashboards and implementation of the Pediatric Heart Specialists referral management process improvement effort.
For the first 6 months, Administrative Residents complete Department Rotations in clinical and non-clinical areas, followed by a 6-month Elective Rotation based on their areas of interest. Department Rotations include but are not limited to the Plano Market, Dallas Market, Ambulatory, Corporate Services, Patient Experience, Managed Care, Finance and Legal.
Residents also receive mentorship from the Children’s Health Executive Leadership Team, including the Dallas Market President, Northern Market President, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Services and Chief Compliance Officer.
Administrative Residents are full-time Children’s Health employees and receive competitive annual compensation with benefits and a relocation stipend. Additionally, the program provides transportation, food, and registration for a national conference during the residency.
Application Information and Timeline
We host an annual webinar in May to discuss the Administrative Residency details. Previous and current residents discuss their Residency experiences and answer interested applicants’ questions. Registration details will be posted on this website closer to the date. The webinar is highly recommended for those interested in applying to the Administrative Residency at Children’s Health.
- Application (closed for 2023 applications)
- Current resume
- Unofficial graduate school transcripts of completed courses from a program accredited by one of the following:
- M.H.A. – Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
- MBA – Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
- M.P.H. – Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
- Two letters of recommendation (encouraged to provide one professional and one academic). Applicants should address their two letters of recommendation to the Administrative Residency Selection Committee.
- Personal Statement (500-word max)
- Why do you want to pursue a career in pediatric health care administration?
- What attracted you to apply to Children’s Health’s Administrative Residency?
Administrative Residency 2022-2023 application timeline:
- Applications open: June 20, 2022
- Applications close: August 12, 2022
- Zoom interviews: Early to mid September
- Onsite interviews: Late September
- Offers: October 7, 2022
- January start date: January 3, 2023
- July start date: Mid July 2023
Vianey Romo serves as an Administrative Resident in the January-December 2022 cohort at Children’s Health where she devotes her time in the Ambulatory/Outpatient Services and Strategy Department.
Prior to joining Children’s Health, Vianey spent almost five years working as the Workforce Coordinator at the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation (MCA) in the Paso del Norte Region. She led the STEM Innovation Lab and other outreach efforts to foster the awareness of the life sciences industry to the K-12 education pipeline.
Vianey earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with a Biomedical concentration from the University of Texas at El Paso. She earned her Master of Science in Healthcare Management from Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business. Vianey is currently a member of the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives and is part of 2022 La Mesa Emerging Leaders program.
Jordan Pitts serves as an Administrative Resident in the January-December 2022 cohort at Children’s Health.
During this past six months Jordan has completed the rotations portion of the residency. He has shadowed and received exposure to the different departments and leaders of Children’s Health. In this time, he has helped with several operational data requests, an operational planning tool and surgery scheduling operations.
Jordan attended Trinity University, where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration. He is currently pursuing his Master of Science in Healthcare Administration at Trinity University.
Katie Kuri serves as an Administrative Resident in the January-December 2022 cohort at Children’s Health. After completing her departmental rotations, she will work with physician and inpatient operations on the Dallas campus.
Before becoming a Children’s Health administrative resident, Katie did a yearlong internship in the Office of Community Health at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she helped connect children throughout the Boston metroplex to health care resources and education in their communities. Her passion for nonprofit pediatric healthcare also led to her working for an organization that provides medical services to special needs children in the San Antonio area.
Katie attended Boston College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Communication. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Healthcare Administration at Trinity University and is expected to graduate in December 2022.
Previous Featured Residents:
Carlie Cohen, 2010 Administrative Resident
Carlie Cohen serves as Vice President of Outpatient Services for Children’s Health. Carlie's responsibilities include overseeing the planning, development and implementation of innovative business initiatives and tactics for both practices associated with UT Southwestern and those within the Children's Health Medical Group.
Carlie has been with Children’s Health since 2011 and has held numerous leadership roles throughout her career. She has an extensive background in process improvement projects, facilities development, strategic planning projects, patient satisfaction efforts, clinical quality and efficiency, and employee and provider engagement.
Carlie graduated from Vanderbilt University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development. She earned her Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Graham Torres, 2012 Administrative Resident
Graham Torres serves as Vice President of Facilities Operations for Children’s Health Plano. In this role, he oversees Security, Concierge, Engineering, Environmental Services, and is the operational lead for the Children’s Medical Center Plano expansion project.
He played a pivotal role in the design process for the Plano expansion facilitating timely operational decisions and ensuring the expansion tower supported both a superior patient family experience and the campus’ strategic clinical program growth initiatives.
Graham joined Children’s Health in 2012 as an Administrative Resident and has since served in various operations and business roles within the organization.
Graham received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Mississippi State University. He earned his Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from The University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Timia Acklin, 2020 Administrative Resident
Timia Acklin serves in Human Resources at Children Health as Program Coordinator of Operational and Strategic Planning. Timia is responsible for processing all job requisitions for the Northern Market, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and workforce and culture planning.
Timia launched the Plano Diversity and Inclusion Council and serves as the secretary of the Abilities Beyond Limitation Expectations (ABLE) workgroup. She participated in Children's Health's 12-month Administrative Residency.
Timia received her Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management and Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Timia is currently continuing her education with a Master of Art in Psychology.
The John and Susie Adams Excellence Endowment
The John and Susie Adams Excellence Endowment was graciously established in 2020 to support the Administrative Residency program in honor of their beloved friend and Children’s Health System Chief Executive Officer, Christopher J. Durovich.
Established in 2005, the residency program was created to provide in-depth and hands on experience for students pursuing a Master of Business Administration or Master of Healthcare Administration degree. This endowment will strengthen the ongoing training and development of future healthcare administrative leaders. The Adamses’ generosity will positively impact the lives of children for generations to come.
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