simulation fellowship

Simulation Fellowship

The Center for Clinical Simulation at Maimonides Medical Center is accepting applications for its Simulation Fellowship for July 2016. The program is a one year mentored experience working with experts in the field of simulation‐based education, administration and research while working part-time as an ED attending in the Maimonides Medical Center Emergency Department, a high volume urban academic facility in Brooklyn.

Fellow will learn the theoretical framework for immersive pedagogy and the specific skills requisite to high value simulation education and assessment. Specifically, fellows will master scenario design, debriefing and assessment, evaluating educational outcomes and the integration of a multitude of simulation modalities.

In addition to leading undergraduate and graduate medical simulation sessions, fellows will learn to design and implement faculty development courses oriented toward mentoring simulation instructors. Research is important to the domain of simulation. Fellows will design and carry out simulation oriented research with the expectation of publication and presentation. Lastly, fellows will acquire the administrative and technical skills necessary to develop and manage a simulation center through participation in meetings relating to the operations and organizational aspects of the center.

State-of-the-art Facility

The Maimonides Center for Clinical Simulation is a state-of-the-art facility constructed in 2011 that provides immersive and simulation based education to healthcare staff across multiple specialties and disciplines throughout Maimonides Medical Center. The center has robust undergraduate and graduate medical education curricula for several specialties as well as programs for practicing physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. The center emphasizes both individualized education as well as interdisciplinary team based training. We also have several active simulation based research investigations in the domain of cognitive errors, communication, debriefing, translation to clinical performance, and psychomotor skills acquisition.

General Statement of Goals and Objectives

Upon completion of training, the fellow will have gained considerable knowledge and expertise in the following domains as they pertain to clinical simulation:

  1. Curricular/Case development and execution; debriefing; education theory
  2. Research
  3. Administration

Specifically, the fellow will have acquired a body of knowledge and level of skill in the creation & management of a Clinical Simulation Center and be prepared to assume a leadership role in teaching and administration including securing funds for the financial sustainability of a simulation center.
Physicians enrolled in the Clinical Simulation (CS) Fellowship will: create, manage and implement sustainable simulation curricula; understand relevant educational theory; teach the specialty of simulation training; design, implement, and complete a research project; learn how to construct a simulation center in a new location with the administrative, fiscal and technological infrastructure requisite viability.
Additionally, fellows will have ample opportunity (18-20 hours per week) for clinical growth in emergency medicine with regards to patient care, resident supervision, and bedside teaching.

Core Curriculum

The fellow’s core education involves daily integration with trainees and training staff in the center on week days when not working clinically in the Emergency department. The fellow will participate in nearly all Emergency Medicine related simulation programs and several simulation programs from other departments and disciplines. Through this immersive process, the fellow will learn the theoretical framework for immersive pedagogy and the specific skills requisite to high value simulation education and assessment.

Fellows will master scenario design, debriefing and assessment, evaluating educational outcomes and the integration of a multitude of simulation modalities. In addition to leading undergraduate and graduate medical simulation sessions, fellows will learn to design and implement faculty development courses. Research is important to the domain of simulation as it validates and promotes the growth of the specialty.

Fellows will design and carry out simulation oriented research with the expectation of publication and presentation. Lastly, fellows will acquire the administrative and technical skills necessary to develop and manage a simulation center through participation in meetings relating to the operations and organizational aspects of the center.

Detailed Goals & Objectives

1) Curriculum and Instructional development
  • A. A broad understanding of how medical simulation training can be utilizing in patient safety initiatives, graduate and undergraduate education, pre-hospital and disaster readiness programs, and maintenance of physician certification
  1. Assigned reading of key articles related to simulation and patient safety
  2. Familiarity with SAEM’s Simulation Academy, Society for Simulation in Healthcare organization (SSIH) ,and current events in the world of simulation
  3. Up to date knowledge of ACGME specific program requirements with regards to simulation training
  • B. Proficiency and experience in a range of medical simulation training devices
  1. Development of relationships with manufacturers of simulation equipment
  2. Troubleshooting equipment failures
  3. Team discussions on positives and negatives of simulation equipment
  4. Relay of feedback to manufacturers to incite better productivity
  5. Development of novel simulation devices
  • C. Expertise in the development of multi-disciplinary scenario building
  1. Understanding the core objectives and how to efficiently teach them using simulation
  2. Creating realistic learning environments around the learning objectives
  • D. Development of skills needed to act as a confederate during scenarios
  1. Ability to effectively promote critical thinking by the trainees
  2. A clear understanding of when and how to push along a scenario that lacks momentum
  3. Knowing the goals of care intended for each scenario
  • E. Expertise in the ability to debrief learners in a variety of training programs
  1. Involvement in scenarios from all disciplines
  2. Knowledge of key points and lesson plans
  3. Ability to clearly convey medical knowledge in a concise mannerv
  4. Follow a stepwise approach which allows learners to self-reflect and change behaviors
  • F. Knowledge of a wide array of trainee assessment strategies and when each is appropriate
  1. Development of formative and summative assessment forms
  2. Development of resident feedback forms
  • G. The ability to implement or integrate a formal simulation-based curriculum to existing training programs
  1. Working with key personnel in a training program to identify effective integration strategies
  2. Identify appropriate scheduling models
  • H. Expertise in the concept and training of multi-disciplinary teams in the principles of crisis resource management
  1. The ability to develop simulation training in the domain of disaster readiness

2) Research
A. Study design and implementation
B. Obtaining IRB approval
C. Regional and/or national presentation
D. Publication

3) Administration
A. Understanding scheduling models
B. An ability to execute the administrative duties of a simulation medical director/administrator
C. Driving culture shifts and buy-in from others
D. The ability to develop a business plan for typical hospital-based simulation programs
E. Understanding funding strategies
F. Mentor support staff and faculty

Application Process

2016-17 will be the fifth year of our fellowship.
We seek an energetic and motivated individual possessing strong education skills to spend a year in our Center for Clinical Simulation, learning alongside authorities in the field.
This is a proactive learning experience; mentors will provide the foundation and framework for the fellow to cultivate mastery as a simulation expert.

Interviews will occur on a rolling basis and will be offered after review of the following materials:
1. A cover letter, (no more than one page) indicating:
a. Why you are pursuing a simulation fellowship
b. Brief educational portfolio outlining your efforts to date in the areas of teaching, simulation, and research

2. Current curriculum vitae
3. Two letters of recommendation
Please send these as attachments to
Amish Aghera, MD (aaghera@maimonidesmed.org)
and Peggy Hainke in an email with the
Subject Line: Simulation Fellowship.

Apply Now

We are currently accepting applications for our simulation fellowship (please review The Application Process outlined above).
For any questions, you can email Grace Mannino or call us at (718) 283-6029.