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About our Program

The Summa Health Simulation Fellowship was the first simulation fellowship in the state of Ohio. The program has been privileged to train fellows who graduated from both domestic and international training programs, as well as from multiple subspecialties including pediatrics, emergency medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology. Our team has a diverse background that we believe enables us to provide a unique training opportunity to all of our fellows, ensuring their continued success in their future career as an educational expert.

What You’ll Learn

Outside of the program goals and objectives, there are a number of learning opportunities that are worth mentioning. You will be expected to attend the 5-day Comprehensive Instructor Workshop at the Center for Medical Simulation in Boston, MA.  You will also be expected to obtain another certification in an area of medical education of your choosing. Past examples include but are not limited to: Standardized Patient Educator Course in Chicago, IL; ACEP Teaching Fellowship in Dallas, TX; and Designing and Implementing Simulation-Based Mastery Learning Curricula in Chicago, IL. We also encourage our graduates to either earn their Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) certificate or begin their work towards a Masters Degree in a related field.

Where You’ll Learn

Medical Education and patient safety are prioritized by Summa Health.  The system has provided the Simulation Department with the support necessary to develop facilities in line with that mission. As a fellow, you’ll have the opportunity to cultivate your skills in simulation in a myriad of educational environments. Your training will consist of simulations in freestanding simulation centers, a hospital-based simulation center, and in situ training throughout the healthcare system.

What You’ll Do

The most exciting portion of the fellowship is what you’ll be doing! It’s too vast to list everything you’ll get exposed to during your training, but here is a brief list:

  • Work with residents/medical students in a wide array of capacities ranging from procedural training to curriculum development and implementation.
  • Co-instructing educational programs for Summa Health and its outside learners.
  • Develop and implement an educational/quality improvement initiative that will be presented at a poster presentation and published.
  • Continue to develop your clinical skills during the fellowship in your specialty area.
  • Work with the simulation operations specialist learning the technology used in simulation training.
  • Work closely with the simulation administration to gain an understanding of how to run a simulation department/lab.

Who You’ll Teach

One of our goals for our fellows is to provide you with the skills necessary to be an educational leader. To achieve this we emphasize the importance of interprofessional education. During your fellowship you will have the opportunity to work with healthcare personnel from all areas including but not limited to medical students, residents, fellows, attending physicians, nursing, and advanced practice providers.

How Much Time

The Medical Simulation Fellowship you would participate in includes a combination of time in simulation and clinical practice in your specialty area. During the 12-month fellowship, there is approximately a 50% simulation and 50% clinical practice balance. We take physician burnout very seriously and encourage our participants to utilize all their vacation time as outlined by our systems Graduate Medical Education policies. There is an optional additional 12 month period for any graduate interested in continuing their training as an associate director of the simulation lab.

What You’ll Study

Fellows will have regularly scheduled readings from the below textbooks and from selected peer-reviewed articles. An electronic compilation of selected peer-reviewed articles focusing on medical simulation/education will be provided to the fellow.

  1. Kyle, Jr., Richard R., and W. Bosseau Murray. Clinical Simulation: Operations, Engineering, and Management. Boston, MA: Academic Press, 2008.
  2. Riley, R.H., ed. Manual of Simulation in Healthcare – 2nd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  3. Dunn, William, ed. Simulators in Critical Care Education and Beyond. Des Plaines, IL: Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2004.

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