June 2, 2022By Lance Baily

Searching for a Healthcare Simulation Fellowship? Consider These Programs!

Healthcare simulation-specific fellowship topics explored may include the development of a solid foundation in simulation-based interventions for education, clinician resilience, and patient safety. Participants may be tasked with analyzing and participating in scenarios focused on interprofessional communication and collaboration as well. Further, there is often the opportunity to receive real-time feedback to improve and refine the fellow’s debriefing skills and to connect with simulation leaders, educators, and quality champions in our worldwide community of practice.

Overall, a healthcare simulation fellowship can help prepare a learner to be an expert in the field of medical simulation. The goal is to help develop the clinical simulation leaders of tomorrow who are capable of advancing the field of medical simulation to new heights. If you know someone involved in healthcare simulation education or learning, we encourage you to share this page with them so that they may consider a medical simulation fellowship as a means to enhance their pursuits. Here is a list of current healthcare simulation fellowships available throughout the world:

WISER’s Healthcare Simulation Fellowship

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The Winter Institute for Simulation Education and Research (WISER) was one of the first simulation centers to receive accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) for a fellowship program. WISER’s healthcare simulation fellowship program was formalized in 2009 and has evolved dramatically since its inception. The program accepts simulationists from all over the world and has a network of previous Fellows spanning 10 countries and three continents. Here we take a closer look at the opportunity for those seeking a very high level of training in the discipline of medical simulation.

The WISER Fellowship program is designed for learners that would like to participate in a one-year or two-year curriculum that includes the WISER Foundation courses, electives, workshops, course observations, and a scholarly project. WISER provides support with project conceptualization and completion during the Fellowship. Projects often include research, curriculum development, or a combination of topics. By working closely with WISER’s experts, program participants can integrate into WISER’s network of simulation education experts.

The Fellowship has established numerous teaching and learning processes to allow Fellows to advance their usage of healthcare simulation. The goal is that through these processes, learners gain the general understanding and practical skills needed to prevent medical errors and improve patient safety. Other objectives of the WISER Fellowship include enhancing clinical simulation education programs, engaging in mentorship, understanding systems design, and conducting meaningful healthcare simulation research.

More About Fellowships

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One primary advantage of a fellowship is the ability to encounter unique experiences that are not typically available to someone in school or who are just starting out in an entry-level position. Typically these short-term opportunities and fellowships can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, and in some cases upwards of a year. They are normally sponsored by an organization, institution, association, or government agency, and eligibility requirements are thereby set by the respective sponsor. A possible applicant qualification could include a record of achievement in healthcare education, as provided by letters of reference, publications, teaching evaluations, or prior specialized training or experience in medical education.

Also depending on the fellowship sponsor, there may exist the opportunity to acquire nationally competitive grants, scholarships, and other funding opportunities. Today, many fellowship sponsors also present two means of enrollment: either in-person or online. The duration of a fellowship may be impacted by whether the program is online or in-person.

Regardless of the length of the fellowship and the sponsor, there are many possible benefits of enrolling in such a program. For example, learners who enter a fellowship are faced with opportunities that extend beyond the scope of standard academic learning. They can be immersed in new cultural experiences, access to academic seminars, vastly expand their professional network, face experiential learning scenarios, and reach new professional development milestones. Note, that experiential learning varies depending on the fellowship program.

Learn More About Healthcare Simulation Fellowships

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