Program Outcomes

To date, our fellows’ project work has affected the lives of more than 180,000 patients and 10,000 health care providers.

Employers Say:

“This program was phenomenal! She learned so much and came back so energized by the people and course content. She was a rock star before the program, but she is even more of a rock star now. I think her mentor helped her a lot, gave her an objective and outside perspective. She was quite reflective throughout the year and that benefited all of us as she continued to ask excellent questions and push all of us towards excellence.”

Fellows Say:

“If you are looking for an environment where you are challenged to evaluate your leadership style, nurture your professional self and build a network of colleagues who have a similar interest….this is the program for you.”

“This fellowship has opened my eyes to my own capabilities to effect change. I can and will be a catalyst in my organization. I have been able to impact our clinic culture in such a positive way with this project. It is a totally different place to go to work! I feel empowered and confident to move forward to meet the demands of an underserved population. I also understand the value of a team and can work with my team in a more positive and productive way.”

“The program was the greatest leadership training experience that I have ever had. It helped me to more effectively negotiate and collaborate with others in my field. I have more confidence and much more flexibility with changing situations at work. It broadened my way of processing things in a professional sense; I am a more forward thinker.”

Our most recent graduating cohort found that:

Leadership competencies improved by 22%, from an average of 5.1 at baseline to 6.2 at post-program, . Management competencies improved by 33%, from 4.2 to 5.6.

100% of fellows reported being satisfied with the program and 100% reported that they would be likely to refer the program to others. 90% of fellows changed their clinical best practices or leadership/management practices in some manner as a result of participating in the program.

96% of employers reported that fellows had improved in enhancing access to care and services for vulnerable populations, understanding the importance of interprofessional teamwork as it relates to the care of patients, and acting on behalf of patients/clients to address their needs within the larger healthcare system.


Our recent alumni survey found that

  • 82% of alumni have been responsible for orienting, precepting, and/or guiding staff nurses, new graduates or nursing students
  • 42% have served on boards for community organizations
    • 73% assumed this as a new role after starting the fellowship
  • 40% have chaired or co chaired a committee in a professional organization
    • 82% assumed this as a new role after starting the fellowship
  • 30% have been an officer in a professional organization
    • 73% assumed this as a new role after starting the fellowship
  • 64% of fellows reported that they currently usually feeling ok within the day after setbacks, stressful or unpleasant experiences at work, compared to just 20% at retrospective baseline.
  • 80% of fellows reported career changes since the fellowship; of those, 76% said the change was due at least in part to Duke-J&J
  • Transformational Projects:
    • 88% of projects generated value for their organization
    • 83% of transformational projects were sustained beyond the end of the fellowship
    • 70% of projects were cost-neutral, and 22% generated more revenue than expenses