Simulation in Med Ed Fellowship Curriculum

Both the one and two year mentored fellowship tracks offer advanced training in simulation teaching, standardized patient teaching, curriculum design, and research. The fellow develops skills in the newly opened Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning and the Theresa A. Thomas Professional Skills Center, both at Eastern Virginia Medical School in a building adjacent to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. Specifically fellows will receive:

  • Instruction in the operation and programming of a variety of medical simulation technologies, including:
    • High-Fidelity Human Patient Simulators
    • Partial Task Simulators
    • Computerized Simulation Technologies
    • Virtual Reality Simulators
    • Simulation Audio-Visuals
    • Learning Management Systems
    • Data Management Systems
  • A mentored participation in the conception, design, development, implementation(including scenario building, programming, and debriefing), and assessment of simulation and standardized patient programs offered to a wide variety of participants at multiple levels of training including medical students, residents, fellows, attending physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals. It is anticipated that the Simulation and Education fellow will, with the assistance of faculty mentors, conceive, design, develop, implement, and assess at least one novel simulation educational program during the fellowship. Fellows will develop a portfolio of simulation cases that shall be submitted for evaluation.
  • The opportunity to participate in one of three formalized educational didactic curriculums:
    • Masters of Science degree in Medical Education Leadership
      • two year program, 33 credit hours
    • Certificate in Academic Medicine Program Development
      • one year program, 10 credit hours
    • Certificate in Academic Medicine Leadership Development
      • one year program, 10 credit hours

Formal educational courses can include: Curricular Program Development, Instructional Effectiveness, and Learner Assessment and Program Evaluation. All of these educational programs are fully financed by the fellowship without cost to the fellow. More specifics about these programs can be found HERE.

  • Funded travel to at least one scientific meeting annually in North America, as approved by the Fellowship Director.

Clinical Component
The Simulation in Medical Education Fellow’s salary is partially covered by working in the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters’ Emergency Department and Pediatric Sedation service providing Attending physician care. Fellows will receive an appointment as Clinical Instructor from Eastern Virginia Medical School and the expected work obligation is 9 clinical shifts per month (approximately 20 hours per week) leaving ample time to devote to Simulation and Educational activities/ projects and advanced degree work. The CHKD pediatric Emergency Department is a high volume (48,000 annual) tertiary care children’s facility allowing the fellow to keep their clinical skills sharp during this time of further study and training. Fellows will spend 2 days each week at the Simulation Lab working directly with the Directors for Simulation Technology and Research. An exceedingly competitive salary and benefits package is offered and additional opportunities to moonlight within the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine are readily available.

Teaching Component
Participation in departmental educational activities is required which offers the fellow the opportunity to improve their teaching, presenting, and academic skills. Involvement will include resident, fellow, and medical student education, both within the Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine. Fellows will lecture on simulation-related topics at residency and fellow’s conferences within both Departments.

Research Component
The SimED Fellow has protected time to develop and execute a research agenda which is based on personal interests. Fellow are expected to design and implement one novel research project or educational program prior to the completion of their training. IRB and manuscript writing support is readily available within the Department of Pediatrics.

The Sentara Center for Immersive Learning
The recently opened and state of the art Sentara Center for Immersive learning is a multidisciplinary simulation center that provides training for a wide variety of medical and allied health practitioners at all levels of training. The center’s leadership and faculty include physicians and educators with a background in novel simulation product design, EMS, medical modeling, and medical education.