Simulation Fellowship at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West

The Emergency Medicine Simulation Fellowship at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West is designed to provide advanced training in the emerging field of simulation-based medical education. Our Simulation Center is a fully interdisciplinary medical simulation center that provides training for a wide variety of medical and allied health practitioners at all levels of training. The Simulation Center leadership and faculty include physicians from the Department of Medicine Section of Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Surgery, among others. Most medical simulation activities are held at Mount Sinai West and include education of all participating programs, students, house staff, and ancillary staff from each site.

Our Simulation Fellowship is a one-year mentored fellowship that offers advanced training in simulation teaching, curriculum design, and simulation research. The fellow develops skills in a state-of-the-art simulation center developed at Mount Sinai West. The simulation fellowship is not an ACGME-accredited fellowship as there are no ACGME-accredited fellowships in Medical Simulation. The program is limited to two fellows per year.

Fellows are considered half-time attending faculty and are expected to work an average of 20 clinical hours per week in the emergency department divided among the two sites. Compensation includes a competitive salary based on half-time attending status. In addition to fellowship-related activities, the clinical duties will allow for enhancement of professional skills.

Our objectives include:

  • Create and facilitate comprehensive medical simulation scenarios for the Departments of Emergency, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Anesthesia, as well as for medical students on elective and nursing staff
  • Learn to effectively educate others through the use of high fidelity medical simulation, ultrasound-integrated simulation, procedural simulation, and disaster code simulation
  • Create and implement a simulation curriculum that will enhance medical student and resident education
  • Develop technical programming skills necessary to build real-time case scenario algorithms
  • Use medical simulation to help reduce medical errors and improve patient care
  • Become proficient in managing a high-fidelity academic simulation center
  • Foster relationships with leading experts in the field of medical simulation by attending at least one regional and one national simulation meeting

We offer independent and didactic training in the history and theoretical basis of simulation in medical education. We also offer 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
  • Data Management System

CME: $5,000/year/fellow (provided by the Department of Emergency Medicine)

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.”

Simulation Fellows have recently attended the following conferences:

  • The Comprehensive Instructor Workshop in Medical Simulation, at the Harvard Center for Medical Simulation
  • International meeting for Simulation in Healthcare
  • Laerdal Sun Conference
  • SAEM Annual Symposia, with participation in “SimWars”
  • ACEP Annual Symposia, with participation in “SimWars”
  • “Base Camp”: Medical Simulation Training for Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows

We reimburse conference fees for accepted research abstracts and oral presentations, as well as for participation in specific simulation-related activities, such as “SimWars.” For CME, we provide $5,000 per year.

Simulation fellows interested in academics will generate independent research questions and develop projects under the guidance of faculty mentors. You also can also participate in one of a number of established simulation-based research efforts. A minimum of one scholarly project is to be successfully initiated during the one-year fellowship. Work generated during the duration of the fellowship is expected to be presented or submitted for publication. You are expected to attend a monthly meeting discussing important topics/articles in the field of medical simulation.

To apply, send a cover letter; curriculum vitae; and three letters of recommendation. The deadline is September 15 (year prior to accepting academic year). Interviews are scheduled in October (year prior to accepting academic year). Submit application to Michael Falk, MD at mfalk@chpnet.org.