This one-year fellowship equips fellows to develop, implement and evaluate simulation‐based educational programs for hospital faculty, residents, medical students, nurses and pre-hospital providers while developing a foundation in medical education theory and practice. The experience and training include the use of simulation modalities such as high‐fidelity mannequins, task-trainers and standardized patients.
The fellows work under the direction of Fellowship Director Michelle Sergel, MD, Director of the Cook County Simulation Center and Co-Director of the Rush University Simulation Center in Chicago, Illinois.
The Simulation Fellowship is comprised of three components: Education, Scholarship and Service.
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Candidates must submit:
Brief Personal Statement
Letter of Intent
Three letters of recommendation
Interviews will be scheduled after the applications have been reviewed.
Fellows will learn how to develop, implement and evaluate a variety of simulation-based education (SBE) programs.
Fellows will assist the Cook County Health Sim Lab staff and participate with the faculty and staff development workshops offered within the Illinois Medical District Simulation Consortium. The Cook County Health Simulation Fellowship will provide readings, direct instruction, and supervised practice for Fellows.
Educational Learning Objectives
At the completion of the fellowship, the fellow will be able to:
Identify and develop their unique interests with regards to simulation and medical education and their career goals
Establish successful ongoing mentoring and collaborative relationships within the Simulation community
Design simulation-based education programs
Develop scenarios for the use in educational programs for different specialties and medical professionals
Develop the skills to operate the high-fidelity mannequins and procedural task-trainers
Serve as a learning ally in mannequin scenarios
Apply validated debriefing methods for assessment of learners
Design instructional programs for teaching procedural skills by creating and updating procedural skills checklists and serving as instructors in a variety of skills programs
Design checklists, rating scales and other instruments for the assessment of learners and evaluation of SBE programs
Create other instructional materials (e.g. videos) for SBE programs
Incorporate the ACGME Milestones into the educational initiatives offered.
Complete an administrative project for the Simulation Center
Actively participate in Simulation-based research through direct participation in ongoing projects and development of a new research project
By the end of the Fellowship, our fellows should be well prepared to take the Simulation Educator Certification Exam offered by the Society for Simulation in Health Care.
The Simulation Fellowship requires dedicated time several days a week at the Cook County Simulation Center. Currently the center operates to serve the following groups:
Emergency Medicine residents
Emergency Medicine fourth year students
Internal Medicine – Four Flex unit
Malcolm X paramedic students
Summary of Criteria for Successful Fellowship Completion
Participation in most simulation weekly activities (approximately 20 hours/week)
Scholarly project completion
Administrative project completion
Comprehensive Instructor Workshop – Center for Medical Simulation
Fellows will receive the opportunity to go to the intensive immersion in health care simulation course led by experienced simulation educators. It covers all high-level elements and concepts involved in running a simulation program. The program is five days in Boston, Massachusetts and costs are covered by the fellowship. The course focuses on:
Operating a simulation program
Developing debriefing skills
Preparing, building, conducting, and debriefing realistic simulation scenarios
Avoiding simulation pitfalls
Advancing simulation within one’s institution
Visit https://harvardmedsim.org/ims-comprehensive-workshop.php for more information.
International Meeting on Simulation in Health Care (IMSH)
Fellows are expected to attend the annual International Meeting on Simulation in Health Care, and to participate in IMSH presentations with Cook County Health Simulation Lab staff.
Rocky Mountain Conference – Cook County faculty, along with faculty at Denver Health, function as key instructors at this annual conference. Coupled with skiing in the Rocky Mountains, fellows will help coordinate, design and instruct the three days of simulation-based procedure and scenario courses for attendants.
American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) – When opportunities arise for teaching and participating in lectures, workshops and/or presentations, fellows will be allowed the opportunity to go to the ACEP.
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) – When opportunities arise for teaching and participating in lectures, workshops and/or presentations, fellows will be allowed the opportunity to go to SAEM.
We provide consistent feedback on progress. The Fellowship Director will meet with fellows weekly to discuss individual progress in meeting the objectives listed, clinical and academic requirements, research progress, as well as plans for after the fellowship year.
End of Fellowship Evaluation – The director will again meet with the fellow to discuss progress and future plans. A letter documenting this curriculum and the fellow’s efforts will be provided to the fellow and respective chairs.
Fellows will practice their simulation skills by assisting in the implementation of educational programs provided at the Cook County Simulation Center. Fellows will assist and serve as co-instructors for simulation programs.
They may initiate or assist in the development of new simulations and simulation programs of interest to them, in areas such as virtual reality, ultrasound guided procedures, and telemedicine.
Each Fellow will select an SBE program or question to study. Examples include:
Developing, piloting and evaluating a new simulation-based educational program
Evaluating an existing SBE program (ACGME Milestone assessment)
Comparing two SBE programs, or SBE programs using alternative instructional or assessment methods
Gathering evidence for the validity of an SBE assessment
Cook County Health Simulation Center faculty will provide weekly mentorship and supervision of scholarship activities by our Clinical Research Coordinator – Errick Christian. It is expected that fellows complete the exercises and readings in the online seminar series “Fundamentals of Scholarship and Study Design.” This will enable fellows and enhance the likelihood of completing a scholarly project within the one year of the fellowship. Fellows are encouraged to disseminate their work via posters and presentations at national meetings, as well as submissions to MedEdPortal or PubMed indexed journals.
An administrative project is encouraged within the year of the fellowship. Due to the relatively new use of simulation-based medical education, simulation centers, labs and programs are emerging regularly. The fellowship allows fellows to become prepared for future opportunities involving the creation of a new simulation center or improving upon a center (examples of administrative projects include website improvement/design, staff training/hiring, organization of materials or scheduling, etc.)
Fellows are considered PGY 4 or 5 employees (depending on the number of years completed in an emergency medicine residency) of the Cook County Hospital.
They receive full benefits and work about 1 shift each week – total of 4-5 per month in the Cook County Hospital Emergency Department. This allows flexibility in their schedule for time in the Simulation Center and participating in academic projects.
Beginning in July – (July-August – Orientation)
Family leave time encouraged
Mandatory one-month vacation time
Office Space – Each fellow has his/her own office on the 10th floor across from the Cook County Health Simulation Center
Calendar – All events will be on Google Calendar
Articles and References – Provided when fellowship commences