Each Fellow will select an SBE program or question to study. Examples include:

  • Developing, piloting and evaluating a new simulation-based educational program.
  • Evaluating an existing SBE program (ACGME Milestone assessment)
  • Comparing two SBE programs, or SBE programs using alternative instructional or assessment methods.
  • Gathering evidence for the validity of an SBE assessment.

CCH Simulation Center faculty will provide weekly mentorship and supervision of scholarship activities by our Clinical Research Coordinator – Errick Christian.  It is expected that the fellow complete the exercises and readings in the online seminar series “Fundamentals of Scholarship and Study Design”. This will enable the fellow and enhance the likelihood of completing a scholarly project within the one year of the fellowship. Fellows are encouraged to disseminate their work via posters and presentations at national meetings, as well as submissions to MedEdPortal or PubMed indexed journals.

An administrative project is encouraged within the year of the fellowship. Due to the relatively new use of simulation-based medical education, simulation centers, labs and programs are emerging regularly. The fellow should be made prepared for future opportunities involving the creation of a new simulation center or improving upon a center (examples of administrative projects include website improvement/design, staff training/hiring, organization of materials or scheduling, etc.)

Summary of Criteria for Successful Fellowship Completion

  • Participation in most Simulation weekly activities (approximately 20 hours/week)
  • Scholarly project completion
  • Administrative project completion

Comprehensive Instructor Workshop – Center for Medical Simulation

Fellows will receive the opportunity to go to the intensive immersion in healthcare simulation course led by experienced simulation educators.  It covers all high-level elements and concepts involved in running a simulation program.  The program is 5 days in Boston, Massachusetts and costs are covered by the fellowship. The course focuses on:

  • Operating a simulation program
  • Developing debriefing skills
  • Preparing, building, conducting, and debriefing realistic simulation scenarios
  • Avoiding simulation pitfalls
  • Advancing simulation within one’s institution

Visit https://harvardmedsim.org/ims-comprehensive-workshop.php for more information.

International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH)

Fellows are expected to attend the annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, and to participate in IMSH presentations with CCH Simulation Lab staff.

Conference Participation

Rocky Mountain Conference

Cook County faculty, along with faculty at Denver Health, function as key instructors at this annual conference. Coupled with skiing in the Rocky Mountains, fellows will help coordinate, design and instruct the three days of simulation-based procedure and scenario courses for attendants.

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
When opportunities arise for teaching and participating in lectures, workshops and/or presentations, fellows will be allowed the opportunity to go to the ACEP.

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)
When opportunities arise for teaching and participating in lectures, workshops and/or presentations, fellows will be allowed the opportunity to go to SAEM.

Evaluation Process

Consistent feedback on progress – Fellowship Director will meet with fellow weekly to discuss fellow’s individual progress in meeting the objectives listed, clinical and academic requirements, research progress, as well as plans for after the fellowship year.

End of Fellowship Evaluation – Director will again meet with the fellow to discuss progress and future plans. A letter documenting this curriculum and the fellow’s efforts will be provided to the fellow and respective chairs.