The STAR Center Fellowship

The Simulation Teaching And Research Center (STAR Center) Fellowship in Simulation and Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is a unique two-year experience.  Our fellowship is both SSH accredited, and one of the first fellowships to be SAEM approved. Through a combination of undergraduate, resident, faculty, and inter-professional simulation and medical education programs, we have created a unique opportunity for our 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. Our curriculum covers principles of adult-learning theory, simulation and other curriculum design and development, implementation of medical education programs, debriefing, and learner assessment. Fellows will work with leaders in residency and undergraduate education and simulation.  They 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 have the opportunity to become knowledgeable in simulation-based technologies, AV system and other education technology, and will participate in the daily operations of the STAR Center.

Fellows will play an active role in the education of medical students, residents, faculty, prehospital care providers, and inter-professional teams

Fellows will gain a deep understanding of education principles through a master’s program. The STAR Center has developed a relationship with and sends its fellows to the MGH MS in Health Professions Education.

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Dedicated faculty mentors, including Christopher Strother and Jared Kutzin, will work closely with simulation fellows to identify specific goals to help foster professional growth and identify a mentorship team. Mentors will be drawn from our outstanding residency leadership, clerkship and medical student educators, and others from the Icahn School of Medicine community. The STAR Center recognizes that fellows are trainees preparing for a professional career as a clinician-educator. Fellows will grow to function autonomously within the STAR Center, the Mount Sinai Hospital Emergency Department, the Icahn School of Medicine, and affiliated institutions.


  • Masters in Health Professions Education with Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions 
    • Center for Medical Simulation Debriefing Course included
  • Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) certification from Society for Simulation in Healthcare
  • International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) Conference
  • Harvard Macy Medical Education Program

Grantsmanship and Development in one of the highest funded Departments of Emergency Medicine

  • Participate in the Department’s research lecture core (T32 and K12 programs)
  • Mentorship in writing and submitting education grants
  • Fellowship curriculum with other EM Fellows in the Mount Sinai Emergency Department

Medical Education Opportunities

  • Integration into Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education committees
  • Medical Student and Resident teaching 
  • Med Ed Resident Senior track meetings and readings


  • Clerkship, Resident, and Medical Student simulation programs
  • Faculty simulation program - In Situ, Clinical Debriefing, Procedural and Cognitive Skills modules
  • Monthly journal / chapter reviews and didactics
  • System Simulation Division meetings and journal club

Residency Leadership Training

  • Participate in Residency Leadership Meetings and all aspects of residency administration with Director and APDs, including resident evaluation (including CCC) and remediation, curriculum development and recruitment

Academic Products

  • Develop education portfolio including rigorously-designed, mentored projects in the fellow’s area(s) of interest
  • Complete and submit manuscripts/curriculums for publication and presentation
  • Participate on the organizing committees for regional and national meetings
  • Grand Rounds in the Mount Sinai system and invited grand rounds regionally


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 STAR Center fellowship has been accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. 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 Continuing Medical Education funds 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.

The application is open until the position is filled. To apply, please email 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