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This one or two year fellowship in medical education and simulation will, through experiential, didactic, and formalized graduate education, provide the participant with the skills necessary to conceive, design, develop, implement, manage, and assess medical education programs utilizing medical simulation in their curricula.

The primary goal of the fellowship, sponsored by the EVMS department of Pediatrics, is to prepare the participant to enter the next phase of his or her academic career at a leadership level in medical education with expertise in simulation methodology.  Skills attained during the fellowship will allow the graduate to assume a role as medical director or associate director of a simulation program or attain a similar leadership position within a medical undergraduate, residency, or fellowship educational program.

Curriculum - Training and Experience

Both the one and two year mentored fellowship tracks offer advanced training in simulation teaching, standardized patient teaching, curriculum design, and research.  The fellow develops skills in the newly opened Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning and the Theresa A. Thomas Professional Skills Center, both at Eastern Virginia Medical School in a building adjacent to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.  Specifically fellows will receive:

Clinical Component
The Simulation in Medical Education Fellow’s salary is partially covered by working in the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters’ Emergency Department and Pediatric Sedation service providing Attending physician care.  Fellows will receive an appointment as Clinical Instructor from Eastern Virginia Medical School and the expected work obligation is 9 clinical shifts per month (approximately 20 hours per week) leaving ample time to devote to Simulation and Educational activities/ projects and advanced degree work.  The CHKD pediatric Emergency Department is a high volume (48,000 annual) tertiary care children’s facility allowing the fellow to keep their clinical skills sharp during this time of further study and training. Fellows will spend 2 days each week at the Simulation Lab working directly with the Directors for Simulation Technology and Research. An exceedingly competitive salary and benefits package is offered and additional opportunities to moonlight within the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine are readily available.

Teaching Component
Participation in departmental educational activities is required which offers the fellow the opportunity to improve their teaching, presenting, and academic skills.  Involvement will include resident, fellow, and medical student education, both within the Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine.  Fellows will lecture on simulation-related topics at residency and fellow’s conferences within both Departments.

Research Component
The SimED Fellow has protected time to develop and execute a research agenda which is based on personal interests. Fellow are expected to design and implement one novel research project or educational program prior to the completion of their training.  IRB and manuscript writing support is readily available within the Department of Pediatrics.

The Sentara Center for Immersive Learning
The recently opened and state of the art Sentara Center for Immersive learning is a multidisciplinary simulation center that provides training for a wide variety of medical and allied health practitioners at all levels of training. The center’s leadership and faculty include physicians and educators with a background in novel simulation product design, EMS, medical modeling, and medical education.

How to Apply

Applicant Qualifications
The entering fellow must have graduated from an AAMC accredited (or equivalent) medical school and have successfully completed an approved two or three year ACGME fellowship program in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Successful completion of USMLE parts 1, 2 and 3 is required and applicants must be board certified or eligible in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Additionally, entering fellows must be successfully credentialed by the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters prior to July 1 of their first fellowship year. A record of achievement or interest in International Medicine, as provided by letters of reference, publications, teaching evaluations, or prior specialized training or experience is desired, but not required

All applicants are required to submit their C.V., a letter of intent, and two letters of recommendation (one must be from either their PEM Fellowship Director or ED Medical Director of place of most recent employment) to Joel M. Clingenpeel, MD, MPH at either (preferred) or via mail at:

Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
601 Children’s Lane
Norfolk, VA 23507

The letter of intent should be less than one page in length and describe the applicant’s interests and experiences and how the Fellowship could potentially assist with future career plans.  Offers to interview for the Fellowship will be granted at the discretion of the Fellowship Director and interviews are usually conducted during September, October, and November for the following year. Notifications of acceptance into the Fellowship will be made on a rolling basis. Only one fellow is accepted each year.

Application to the University of New England online Masters of Medical Education program must be completed prior to their application deadline. Missing the University of New England deadline or failure to gain matriculation may prevent fellow from obtaining the Masters of Science degree or Certificate.

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