This health care administration fellowship offers the unique opportunity to support Vizient’s Comparative Data and Performance Improvement strategic plan with a focus on leveraging data to produce meaningful insights to drive change.
The Quantitative Fellowship role
Fellows engage in quantitative analysis, project management and collaborative efforts with internal stakeholders and members and use data analysis to help quality and clinical staff develop strategies to improve performance and drive innovation. You’ll also play a key role in enhancing current products and services – focusing on data-driven performance improvement tools – and developing new analytics to better serve our members’ needs.
Quantitative/Data Analytics Fellows will finish the program with:
- A more expansive view of how informatics enables you to effectively leverage data and drive innovation forward
- A comprehensive understanding around the importance of data transparency and how to develop data-driven solutions and provide actionable insights to Vizient’s member base across quality, cost and market performance
- A leadership perspective in product strategy management that will enable you to strategically optimize analytical tools and insights to meet today’s most pressing healthcare issues
Our fellowship journey
Here’s a brief overview of where we’ve been and where we’re headed:
1992 to 2010: The Alexander Schmidt Fellowship was a two-year opportunity centered on health technology assessment, clinical research and pharmacoepidemiology. Nine fellows graduated from this program — many of whom still work at Vizient today — and went on to publish various abstracts based on their epidemiological and pharmaceutical research.
2010 and forward: Vizient sunset the Alexander Schmidt Fellowship program — replacing it with the current day Quantitative Fellowship program, which focuses on advanced analytics, informatics and product strategy management under David Levine.
Quantitative Fellowship Overview
Program location: Chicago
Duration: 1 year
Number of positions: 2
- Master's Degree in a related field (including MHA, MBA with a healthcare concentration, MPH, PharmD, MSHI, MHI, etc.)
- Completed internship within a medical setting
- Strong quantitative / analytic skills and project management capabilities
- A one-page personal statement (indicating interest in healthcare data analytics and/or health informatics)
- One letter of recommendation
- Official Graduate School Transcript
The application period for the 2023-2024 Fellowship cycle is now open. Go to the application page.
Dr. David Levine, Preceptor
Blending clinical leadership and informatics experience, Dr. Levine is the group senior vice president of Advanced Analytics and Product Strategy Management for Vizient. He leads the Center for Advanced Analytics and Informatics bringing insights across clinical, operational, supply chain, and market offerings to provide insights to members across the continuum of care.
Dr. Levine also oversees the product roadmap for Vizient’s analytical offerings as well as guides development of new products. He joined Vizient in 2010 after practicing for 15 years and serving as medical director of the emergency department at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago. He also served as a physician leader for the implementation and upgrade of the electronic health record for their three hospitals and 12 outpatient clinics.
Dr. Levine earned his medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He did his residency at Boston City Hospital where he was chief resident. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan.
Saloni Jain, Mentor
Saloni Kapur Jain is vice president of Advanced Analytics and Informatics within Vizient’s Center for Advanced Analytics. Her primary role involves supporting analytics across Vizient’s data offerings with a focus on the clinical, operational and ambulatory suites of products.
Saloni and her team closely collaborate with the Advisory Services and Performance Improvement groups within Vizient on cost reduction, variation in care, and quality improvement engagements.
She received her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Administration degrees from Drake University and began her career at Vizient as a Fellow back in 2008.
Arati Kurani, Mentor
Arati Kurani is senior director of Clinical Data Applications & Insights within the Center for Advanced Analytics & Informatics. Arati and her team work closely with stakeholders, identifying opportunities by benchmarking utilization and outcomes with the goal of reducing variations in care.
Arati started as a clinical informaticist at Vizient, working with organizations to identify and implement opportunities to improve utilization and outcomes. Arati has also served as clinical coordinator of drug policy and clinical resource management.
Arati earned a bachelor's degree in information systems from DePaul University and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Midwestern University. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Rush University in 2012.
Ashima Seth, Fellow
Ashima Seth received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences with a Minor in Philosophy from University of California, Irvine. During this time, she was also a Recruitment and Projects Coordinator for the COPE Health Scholars program at Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital in Newport Beach.
Ashima holds a Master’s in Healthcare Administration degree from the University of Southern California. During graduate school, she served as the Co-President of the Healthcare Case Competition Club and was instrumental in planning and hosting USC’s inaugural healthcare case competition. Ashima also served as an informatics and analytics resident in Keck Medicine of USC’s Quality and Outcomes Management, where she developed a transition strategy for the hospital-wide incident-reporting system and was responsible for creating service-line performance benchmarking dashboards.
Ashima looks forward to honing her leadership, strategic and informatics skills at Vizient by working on diverse projects and with driven teams to create meaningful change in member experience.
Unmesh Edwankar, Fellow
Unmesh Edwankar received his Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India. During his tenure as a dentist, he worked on the clinical side of dentistry while managing a private dental office in Mumbai, India. This provided him the opportunity to understand healthcare from provider’s perspective and the insights to manage a healthcare facility.
Unmesh obtained his dual Master’s in Health Administration and Health Informatics from the University of Missouri, Columbia. As a master’s student, Unmesh obtained a Green Belt certification in the Lean and Six Sigma Methodology and has worked on several projects related to Performance Improvement. During his internship at Norton Healthcare, he worked in Supply Chain Analytics wherein he developed an application which automated the process of tracking supply chain inventories, which contributed to increasing the overall efficiency in the supply chain unit.
He looks forward to learning in greater detail about Vizient’s Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Platforms and contribute to the Advanced Analytics team.
Our previous Quantitative Analytics fellows continue to build on their expertise as analytics managers, product managers, performance improvement directors and COOs at leading health care organizations across the nation, including Vizient, Northwestern Medicine, Blue Cross Blue Shield, UChicago Medicine and Medical City Healthcare, to name a few.
Meet our previous fellows
|Name||Fellowship Year||Post-Fellowship Position||Organization|
|Noorein Ahmed||2021 - 2022
|Mansi Mehta||2021 - 2022||Senior Analyst||Vizient, Inc.|
|Shivani Shah||2020 - 2021||Senior Analyst||Vizient, Inc.|
|Jennifer Andrews||2020 - 2021||Senior Analyst||Vizient, Inc.|
|Gwen Ledford||2019 - 2020||Senior Product Manager||Vizient, Inc.|
|Kris Majumdar||2019 - 2020||Quality Outcomes Coordinator||University of Missouri Health Care|
|Alyzeh Haider||2018 - 2019||Product Manager||Vizient, Inc.|
|Michelle LeBlanc||2018 - 2019||Senior Analyst||Vizient, Inc.|
|Riyad Haq||2017 - 2018||Senior Analyst||Vizient, Inc.|
|Justin Santos||2017 - 2018||Senior Analyst||Vizient, Inc.|
|Dennis Korneff||2016 - 2017||Government Programs Quality Analyst||UnitedHealth Group|
|Jaie Lavoie||2015 - 2016||Clinical Informaticist||Vizient, Inc.|
|Marika Bonacorsi||2014 - 2015||Clinical Analyst||Vizient, Inc.|
|Amber Romstad||2014 - 2015||Clinical Data Analyst||Vizient, Inc.|
|Alex Fullam||2013 - 2014||Business Analyst Consultant||UnitedHealth Group|
|Lauren Hall||2013 - 2014||Collaborative Advisor||Vizient, Inc.|
|Neeca Servati||2012 - 2013||Revenue Cycle Business Analyst||Kaiser Permanente|
|Kristin White||2011 - 2012||Administrative Fellow||Vanguard Health System|
|Josh Kemph||2010 - 2011||Member Representative||Vizient, Inc.|