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What is the Trauma Finance Fellowship Program?


In 2008, TCAA introduced the fellowship program to expand the fiscal expertise of trauma program managers who have shown a commitment to the field as well as the future of trauma care. The program consists of a two-week funded fellowship with TCAA staff, on-site in Mooresville, NC. This fellowship offers CEUs, follows a structured curriculum and provides a pre and post evaluation and includes a project unique to participant's healthcare objectives.


TCAA fellows get the opportunity to network with the TCAA staff, plus members from across the country. Additionally, they learn more about TCAA services and programs, including TCAA's advocacy efforts. There are opportunities to develop business and management skills, build a trauma finance knowledge base, analyze data and reports, and much, much more.


If you are interested in learning more about TCAA and becoming a part of an innovative association, TCAA looks forward to receiving your fellowship application!


Am I eligible to apply?


Applicants are expected to meet the following criteria to be considered for the fellowship award:

  • Applicants must be employed with TCAA member hospitals
  • Understand the importance of TCAA's mission and be familiar with TCAA's services through their professional experience.
  • Have the support and approval from their current employer, if needed, prior to applying for and/or accepting a TCAA fellowship. To request a personalized letter to send to your employer highlighting the benefits of applying to TCAA's fellowship program, please email

All applicants must complete a fellowship program application in full and return it according to published deadlines to be eligible. Past applicants are eligible and strongly encouraged to reapply, but they must complete a new application. Please note applicants may not use TCAA staff as references.


How do I apply? 


The application period for TCAA's 2019 Fellowship Program has ended.


Apply now through January 16th, 2019 for a chance to receive an educational site visit to TCAA’s central office at no cost. To apply, please review the TCAA Trauma Finance Fellowship Guidelines and complete the Fellowship Application.


Fellowship Responsibilities

  • Submit a professional headshot.
  • Complete a fellowship program project within one year of the conclusion of the visit.


How are Fellows chosen?


TCAA's Member Services Committee evaluates applications and selects fellows in the month of January. Fellows are selected based on a review of their Application Questions, Short Essay, CV, and Letters of Support. TCAA does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

TCAA Fellows (2008 - 2019)

Yvonne Prowant

Director, Trauma Services

Metro Health - University of Michigan

Wyoming, MI

2018 Fellowship

Elizabeth Atkins, MSN, RN, CCRN-K
Trauma Program Manager
Grady Memorial Hospital
Atlanta, GA
2017 Fellowship

Richelle Rumford, RN, BSN, CEN
OU Medical Center
Director, Trauma Program
Oklahoma City, OK
2018 Fellowship

Niki Rasnake, RN, BSN, CEN

Trauma Program Manager

University of Tennessee Medical Center


2016 Fellowship

Terrie Stewart, MS, MSM, RN

2016 Fellowship

Cassie Lyell, RN, BSN
Trauma Services Manager
JPS Health Network 
Fort Worth, TX
2015 Fellowship

Alex Ramos, RN, MSN, CCRN-K

Trauma Operations Manager 
The Hospitals of Providence - Memorial Campus
El Paso, TX
2015 Fellowship


Melissa Thorson, MS, RN, CCNS
Manager, Trauma & Acute Care Surgery
North Memorial
Robbinsdale, Minnesota

2014 Fellowship

Christine McEachin, BSN, MBA, Paramedic/IC

Trauma Program Manager

Henry Ford Macomb Hospital

Clinton Township, Michigan

2014 Fellowship




Joanne Lindberg, RN, MN, CCRN, FCCM

Trauma Program Manager

Tacoma General Hospital

Tacoma, WA

TCAA Disaster Committee

2013 Fellowship

Mary Ellen Zimmermann, RN, BSN, CEN
Trauma Program Manager
New York Hospital Queens
Flushing, NY 
TCAA Education & Advocacy Committee

2012 Fellowship

Angie Chisolm, RN, BSN, MBA/HCM, CFRN

2012 Fellowship

Vicki Bennett

Trauma Program Manager

Banner University Medical Center

Phoenix, AZ

2011 Fellowship

Janet Cortez
Trauma Program Manager
University of Utah Healthcare
Salt Lake, Utah
TCAA Education Committee
2011 Fellowship

Tim Murphy, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, CEN

Trauma PI Coordinator
Robert Wood Johnson Univ. Hosp.
New Brunswick, New Jersey

TCAA Education Committee

2010 Fellowship

Susan Cox

2010 Fellowship

Karen Macauley, DHA, MEd, BSN

Pediatric Trauma Program Director

All Children’s Hospital

St Petersburg, Florida

2009 Fellowship

Jennifer Gratton, BSN,RN

Trauma Program Manager

The University of Vermont Medical Center

Burlington, Vermont

TCAA Development Committee

2009 Fellowship


Alethea Martinez

2008 Fellowship

Scott Harrison, BSN, RN

Clinical Research Coordinator

Stormont Vail Health

Topeka, KS

2008 Fellowship

Tammy Jones

2008 Fellowship

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