Simulation Fellowship

The Rush University Medical Center Simulation Fellowship helps you share what you have learned in your own health care training. Using high-tech mannequins, patient-actors and other task-training equipment, the fellowship offers leading-edge lessons to emergency medical personnels looking for a future in academic emergency medicine.

Once you have completed this one-year fellowship, you will be ready to create, launch and review simulation-based educational programs for faculty, residents, medical students, nurses and pre-hospital providers around the globe, while developing your foundation in medical education theory and practice.

By the end of the fellowship, you will be well-prepared to take the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator Exam offered by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

How you will learn

You will work under the direction of Michelle Sergel, MD, director of the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County Simulation Center and co-director of the Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation. Rush fellows have the opportunity to learn alongside fellows from the Cook County Simulation Fellowship, including on-site at Stroger Hospital.

You will assist simulation staff at Rush and Stroger, and participate with the faculty and staff development workshops offered by the Illinois Medical District Simulation Consortium. You will take part in readings, direct instruction and supervised practice, logging approximately 20 hours per week of simulation participation.

How you will discover

Each fellow will select a simulation-based education program or question to study, such as the following:

  • Developing, piloting and evaluating a new simulation-based educational program
  • Evaluating an existing simulation-based education program as part of an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education milestone assessment
  • Comparing different simulation-based education programs using alternative instructional or assessment methods
  • Gathering evidence for the validity of an simulation-based education program assessment

You’ll get weekly mentorship and supervision activities under the direction of Errick Christian, Cook County Hospital’s clinical research coordinator; have access to resources to help you finish your scholarly project within the fellowship’s one-year time frame; and you’ll spread what you discover using everything from posters to presentations at national meetings to submissions to MedEdPortal or other online medical journals.

Plus, you’re encouraged to undertake an administrative project within the fellowship year. This is an area of acute need, as simulation centers, labs and programs are emerging regularly in this evolving discipline. The fellowship will ready you to create and build upon new or existing centers by effectively using resources; improving staff training, hiring and scheduling; upgrading Web sites and tools; and so forth.

How you’ll give back

You will work on your simulation skills by co-instructing educational programs offered by the simulation centers at Rush and Stroger. That work will soon include:

  • Critical care team training
  • Orientation and credentialing new residents starting at Stroger Hospital
  • Preparation with regulatory compliance and combining certification and recertification efforts
  • Assisting in the development new simulation programs in areas such as virtual reality, ultrasound-guided procedures and telemedicine

How much time?

You will start in July, when each new fellowship year begins with an orientation. Fellows are considered half-time employees of Rush University Medical Center who receive full benefits and work about eight shifts per month in Rush’s Emergency Center. That should give you enough flexibility in your schedule for time in the simulation center and participation in academic projects. Family leave time is encouraged.

Join us! Here’s how

You must submit a letter of intent, a brief personal statement, your curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation. Interviews will be scheduled after the applications have been reviewed.

Contact us for more information regarding the fellowship and application process:

Michelle Sergel, MD, FACEP
Co-Director, Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation
John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County
Department of Emergency Medicine
1900 W. Polk St., 10th floor
Chicago, IL 60612