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 Lab 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

ACEP Teaching Fellowship

Fellows will participate in this program designed to help develop the skills needed to become successful in an academic environment, become an excellent academic instructor, and enhance management and leadership skills. The program is 11 days and is covered in two sessions (fall and spring) in Dallas, Texas. Costs of this program are covered and registration is guaranteed.

The Fellowship focuses on:

  • Fundamentals of teaching and evaluation
  • Designing effective and efficient instruction
  • The realities of completing demands of an academic career – publishing, teaching, research and clinical work

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.

ACEP Simulation Course

Simulation faculty from the Chicagoland area serve as faculty instructors for the ACEP Simulation Course. This 2-3 day course serves to train Emergency Medicine faculty on preparing for emergencies using task training and high-fidelity simulation.   Fellows may help to plan, prepare and instruct this course.

Debriefing Seminar

This two-day workshop will provide an introduction to debriefing techniques with specific relation to debriefing high-fidelity mannequin simulations. Through didactics, discussion, mannequin simulations, and debriefing practice, participants will learn techniques of effective debriefing and be able to apply these skills in simulation-based education programs.

Scenario Building Seminar

This 4-hour course is designed to give an introduction to developing scenarios with specific relation to high-fidelity mannequin simulations. Participants will learn to write a simple scenario with clear objectives. The scenario is then piloted in order to create a final product.

UIC College of Med – Scholars for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellowship (STEFF)

This optional fellowship offers a collaborative approach for developing expertise among faculty in curriculum and instructional development, quality teaching and education scholarship. The faculty fellowship is a program for faculty interested in on-going curricular and instructional improvement, and interested in developing themselves as educational leaders.

Networking – IMDSC & CSC

The Illinois Medical District Simulation Consortium (IMDSC), founded in 2012, was created for the purpose of resource collaboration with respects to research alliance, equipment utilization, center administrative guidance and faculty development.

Similarly, the Chicago Simulation Consortium (CSC), functions to serve simulation professionals in the city of Chicago and regionally. The goal of this Consortium is to develop open communication in order to facilitate professional development among simulationists while making resources more readily available.

As one of the founders of the IMDSC and the current president of the CSC, fellows are encouraged to participate in the above organizations in order to establish successful ongoing mentoring and collaborative relationships within the Simulation community. There are ample opportunities to become involved in sub-committees focused on collaborative research and faculty development, furthering the development for team leadership, plan implementation and networking.

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.