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Summa Health System, Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron Launch First Simulation Fellowship in Ohio

Date: 11.14.2011
Contact: Erica Rosenthal Phone: (330) 375-3052

Contact: Erica Rosenthal, Phone: (330) 375-3052, Email:         

Akron, Nov. 14, 2011 – Summa Health System and The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA) have launched an innovative Medical Simulation Fellowship Program based in the Summa Department of Emergency Medicine. The fellowship is aimed at providing expert training necessary to establish leaders in medical simulation instruction, administration and research. This is the first Medical Simulation Fellowship offered in Ohio.

The program is an important addition to the curriculum offered by the two partners. Summa Health System and ABIA, along with Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron General Health System, Northeast Ohio Medical University and The University of Akron, have united in an effort to position the region to become nationally distinct in simulation training and education with a focus on integrated healthcare and first responder teams. 

“I’m very excited to help bring the first medical simulation fellowship to Ohio,” said Rami Ahmed, D.O., Summa’s Simulation Medical Director who completed a medical simulation fellowship at Harvard Medical School. “This fellowship is so unique because it provides a comprehensive and immersive opportunity for physician development in medical simulation. Simulation training is important because it helps maintain clinical expertise in a constantly changing healthcare landscape.”

Upon completion of the one to two-year program, graduates will have the leadership training necessary to direct their own simulation program, and the training acquired in Akron can have an impact nationwide.

Fellows in the program will gain access to a wide array of simulation training opportunities offered at the Summa Akron City Hospital Virtual Care Simulation Laboratory (VCSL) and at the ABIA’s future Center for Simulation and Integrated Healthcare Education (CSIHE).

“By collaborating with Summa Health System to launch the Medical Simulation Fellowship Program, we are opening the door to the next generation of simulation educators,” said Mike Holder, M.D., vice president of CSIHEat ABIA.  “This program not only contributes to our goal to establish a nationally recognized model for simulation-based education and training, but is helping us to instill important simulation techniques in the education of healthcare teams for years to come.”

The simulation lab at Summa Akron City Hospital opened in 2007 and serves as an in-hospital training and education space that includes a mock operating room, a two-bay mock ER/ICU, and an OB/GYN birthing suite. The lab also has several control rooms and a classroom for debriefing. Between 6,000 and 8,000 training experiences happen in Summa’s lab per year. More than 25 different scheduled nursing and allied health programs are taught every year in the lab, as are several regularly scheduled training
sessions for resident physicians and new house staff from Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Summa’s lab also has a mobile simulation unit that is a "trauma bay on wheels." This allows the faculty to travel to surrounding hospitals and provide quality education using wireless simulators, either within the hospital or inside the mobile unit.

The ABIA’s CSIHE is scheduled to open in Spring 2012 and among several goals, will help improve the delivery of care and increase disaster preparedness within local healthcare institutions by focusing on the education of the entire healthcare team. The Center will include a 9-bay surgical bioskills lab, a mock hospital with a decontamination facility, triage bays, several trauma bays, a mock operating room, several ICU bays, a perinatal resuscitation area, an eight-station Standardized Patient Training area, and a Product Development laboratory where clinicians and biomedical engineers can work side-by-side to develop the next generation of simulators and medical devices.

To be accepted into the program, potential fellows must be board-eligible/board-certified in Emergency Medicine and eligible for an appointment as an attending physician in Emergency Medicine at Summa Health System. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 15, 2011. 

For more information on the program, visit

About Summa Health System
Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet® status), U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook at and Twitter at

About the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron
The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA) – an exceptional collaboration of Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron General Health System, Northeast Ohio Medical University (formerly Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy), Summa Health System, The University of Akron and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation – is focused on patient-centered innovation and commercialization at the intersection of biomaterials and medicine. The strategic alignment of public and private support, accompanied with Akron’s rich legacy in materials science, is working to pioneer the next generation of life-enhancing and life-saving innovation that will transform Akron into a model for biomedical discovery and enterprise and move the region toward a secure economic future by accelerating the creation of over 2,000 jobs during the next decade. For more information about ABIA, please visit