Medical Simulation Fellowship

Fellowship Curriculum

During this one-year fellowship, participants will gain skills in the creation and execution of simulation-based learning experiences, including underlying theory, research, as well as debriefing, and technical skills. In addition to training at the University of Wisconsin, you will have support to attend the Comprehensive Instructor Course hosted by the Center for Medical Simulation at Harvard University, which is the standard of excellence in Simulation Education. Extensive teaching opportunities for medical students, physician assistant students, and Emergency Medicine residents will allow you to hone your skills and develop your own teaching style. Simulation fellowship-trained faculty will conduct “debrief the debriefer” sessions after observing teaching to provide real-time constructive feedback. Curriculum development will also be a key component of education skills covering during the year.

Simulation can be utilized for more than education, and interested fellows can participate in departmental and institutional quality improvement and process development initiatives as well, including in-situ simulation. Fellows will also gain experience managing a very active simulation program by taking a leadership role in our departmental Simulation Committee.

Program Highlights & Facilities

Program Highlights

  • Extensive multi- and interdisciplinary simulation teaching and learning opportunities, inclusive of subspecialty areas such as out-of-hospital air and ground EMS, as well as a residency cohort of 37 learners
  • Support to attend the Comprehensive Instructor Course hosted by the Center for Medical Simulation at Harvard University, the gold standard in simulation education
  • Access to state-of-the-art simulation resources, including high fidelity manikins, wet labs, task/virtual reality simulators, advanced audio-visual capture and playback systems, and a virtual environment simulation cave
  • Opportunity to participate in departmental and institutional quality improvement and process development initiatives including in-situ simulation
  • Robust mentoring and feedback, including regular contact with the fellowship director and program faculty

Simulation Facilities

The fellow will conduct many activities at the UW Health Clinical Simulation Center, a 7,500 sq. ft. newly renovated clinical simulation facility at University Hospital that is staffed by a dedicated team of knowledgeable simulation educators. Take a virtual tour of the space (prior to renovations finished in 2021).

Fellowship Director

Michelle Hughes, MD
Director of Medical Simulation
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Michelle Hughes is the Director of Medical Simulation at the University of Wisconsin Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hughes completed medical school at the University of Maryland. She moved to the Midwest for her emergency medicine residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center and stayed in Chicago to complete a simulation fellowship with the Rush/Cook County Hospital System. She has been involved in simulation organizations nationally and is currently a board member in the Emergency Medicine Section of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), as well as the Simulation Academy of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM).

Dr. Hughes’s medical interests include simulation-based education for residents and simulation-based interprofessional education; diversity, equity and inclusion; and women in emergency medicine.

How to Apply

Email iconEmail your CV and a personal statement detailing your research interests and career aspirations to Michelle Hughes, MD, at Letters of reference may be required at a later point.

Candidates must have graduated in good standing from an ACGME-accredited emergency medicine residency program and must be board-certified or board-eligible in emergency medicine.