The Accreditation Fellowship program began in 1972 with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Since that time, Fellows have played a critical role in accreditation process. The Fellowship program is designed for individuals who demonstrate the potential to make significant contributions to the field of health services administration education. By fully participating in the Commission activities, the Fellow learns firsthand about the progress, problems, and potential of evaluation in professional education.
The term of the appointment of the fellowship begins approximately January or July of each year and continues for eighteen to twenty-four months, depending on specific circumstance. The Fellowship begins with an orientation and training program scheduled as soon as practicable following Fellowship appointment. During the Fellowship, each Fellow will participate at least four accreditation site visits. In addition, each fellow will participate in at least two meetings of the Accreditation Council (one may be via telephone). In addition, if funding is available, Fellows will be provided the opportunity to complete a mutually agreed-upon project of significance to the Commission as well as the Fellow’s own professional objectives.
In applying for the Fellowship, an applicant commits to at least twenty work-days for site visits and Commission meetings. In most cases, these commitments will involve travel away from the Fellow’s residence and primary worksite. In addition, each Fellow commits to being available twenty to twenty-five days in preparing and editing Site Visit Reports. Each Fellow must have proficiency in using Microsoft Suite Products and be trained on CAHME's e-accreditation system.
There are usually four to six Fellows in a cohort. The actual number of Fellows depends upon the number and quality of the applicants and the anticipated number of site visits. A qualified individual may annually reapply for consideration to the Fellowship Program.
While the Fellowship itself is voluntary, all expenses related to travel of the Fellow to site visits, Commission meetings, training, and, if funding is available, one trip to Washington to conclude the special project will be borne by the Commission.