The STAR Center Fellowship

The STAR Center Fellowship in medical simulation at ISMMS is a unique two-year experience. Through a combination of simulation education, medical education, and emergency medicine education focused programs, we have created a unique opportunity for our simulation fellows to learn with, from, and about all aspects of education.

The STAR Center Simulation Fellowship focuses on preparing the next generation of physician educators. A focus will be on the principles of adult-learning theory, simulation curriculum design and development, implementation of simulation-based programs (including debriefing), and learner assessment. Simulation fellows will have the opportunity to publish their work in peer-reviewed journals and present at local and national conferences.

Fellows in the program will also become knowledgeable in simulation-based technologies, AV system technology, and will participate in the daily operations of the STAR Center.

Simulation fellows will play an active role in the education of medical students, residents, faculty, prehospital care providers, and interprofessional teams. Through a combination of experiential learning and formal academic course work in Medical Education at the conclusion of the fellowship the fellow will be able to:

  • plan, implement, and evaluate simulation-based curricula
  • become competent in simulation operations
  • develop analytical skills while working on a research project
  • publish scholarly work in peer-reviewed journals
  • present scholarly work at local and national conferences

A dedicated faculty mentor will work closely with simulation fellows to identify specific goals to help foster professional growth and identify a mentorship team. The STAR Center recognizes that fellows are trainees preparing for a professional career as a clinician-educator. Fellows will be expected to function autonomously within the STAR Center, the Mount Sinai Hospital Emergency Department, the Icahn School of Medicine, and affiliated institutions.

Trainees completing the STAR Center Simulation Fellowship are expected to learn and demonstrate competence in the skills necessary to effectively:

  • plan, implement, and evaluate a simulation-based curriculum for medical students, emergency medicine residents, emergency medicine faculty, pre-hospital care providers, and/or interprofessional teams.
  • design and conduct a simulation-based research project, with the completion of one abstract and one published paper during their fellowship.
  • present a grand rounds presentation on simulation and associated academic projects in May of their 2nd fellowship year.
  • incorporate the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s (SSH) accreditation standards into practice
  • conduct an integrated, in-situ simulation program for patient safety or process improvement

Graduates of residency programs (MD or DO) are eligible for the STAR Center Simulation Fellowship. New applicants must have successful completion of the following prerequisites:

  • Applicant must have graduated from an AAMC accredited (or equivalent) medical school and have either graduated from or successful completed the third year of an approved ACGME residency program in emergency medicine
  • Successful completion of USMLE parts 1, 2, and 3 are required
  • A record of achievement in medical education, as provided by letters of reference, publications, teaching evaluations, or prior specialized training or experience in medical education is desired, but not required
  • A pre-admission health review and current immunization record are required before the start of the fellowship. Perspective fellows must pass a criminal background check and drug test

Board certification is not mandated.

The simulation fellowship is not an ACGME accredited fellowship as there are no ACGME accredited fellowships in Medical Simulation. Fellows are considered half-time attending faculty and are expected to work an average of 20 clinical hours per week in the emergency department. Compensation for the Simulation Fellow includes a competitive salary based on half-time attending status.

Fellows are provided $3,000/year by the Department of Emergency Medicine for Continuing Medical Education.

Conferences: Conference fees will be reimbursed for accepted research abstracts and oral presentations, as well as for participation in specific simulation-related activities, such as “SimWars”

The application deadline is October 15, 2019. Interviews (in-person or video) for selected applicants will take place in November. To apply, please email STAR@mountsinai.org with “Simulation Fellowship Application” in the subject line and include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement (1-2 pages)
  • Three Letters of Reference – one from program director or immediate supervisor

The program is limited to one fellow per year. Graduation from an accredited U.S. Emergency Medicine residency program is required.