Emergency Medicine Simulation Fellowship at Mount Sinai West

See One, Sim One, Do One, Teach One

The Mt. Sinai West Emergency Medicine Simulation Fellowship is designed to provide advanced training in the emerging field of simulation-based medical education. The Mount Sinai West Hospitals 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. Most medical simulation activities are held at Mt. Sinai West Hospital and include education of all participating programs, students, house-staff, and ancillary staff from each site.

The West Emergency Medicine 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 Mt. Sinai West Hospital in 2007. 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 West sites. Compensation for the Simulation Fellow 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.

Fellowship Elements

  • Independent and didactic training in the history and theoretical basis of simulation in medical education.
  • 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

Fellowship Objectives

  • 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 simulation curricula that will enhance medical student, resident, and interprofessional education.
  • Coach simulation participants on crisis resource management tools and high performance teamwork skills.
  • Develop technical programming skills necessary to build real-time case scenario algorithms.
  • Utilize 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.

Educational and Academic Activities

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


Simulation Fellows interested in academics will generate independent research questions and develop projects under the guidance of faculty mentors. As interested they can also participate in any one of a number of established simulation-based research efforts at SLR. A minimum of one scholarly project is to be successfully initiated during the 1-year fellowship. Work generated during the duration of the fellowship is expected to be presented or submitted for publication. Fellows will be expected to attend a monthly meeting discussing important topics/articles in the field of medical simulation.


  • CME: $1,500/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”

Application Requirements

  • Application: Cover letter, curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation
  • Deadline: Oct. 1 (year prior to accepting year)
  • Interviews: October - November (year prior to accepting year)
  • Contact: Please submit application to Shannon McNamara, MD with subject line “Simulation Fellowship Application”
  • Clinical Requirements: Applicants must have completed or expect to complete an ACGME-accredited Emergency Medicine residency and meet all credentialing and academic appointment requirements