Simulation and Medical Education Fellowship

Flexible curriculum schedule

Hospital-based simulation center, facilitating Interprofessional Education

Ability to collaborate with educators in the simulation center

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About the Program

Physician Simulation and Medical Education Fellowship

Exceptional Training in Simulation and Education, including a Master’s Degree or Certificate in Education.

About Our Simulation Center

The HCMC Simulation Center's vision is to advance every facet of healthcare delivery through state of the art simulation. Our mission is to optimize the delivery of patient care by providing safe, realistic, immersive educational opportunities for healthcare professionals and multidisciplinary teams.

Program Description

The simulation and medical education fellow will collaborate with multiple disciplines, including their own discipline, to develop simulation and skill-based curricula. They will be involved in planning logistics as well as running and debriefing simulation sessions, both within the simulation center and in-situ. Opportunities to be involved with sessions involving individual departments/units, as well as interprofessional teams, will be available. While concurrently being enrolled in a master's level program, the fellow will be able to combine formal education with experiential learning and direct feedback, maximizing the opportunity to acquire and refine their knowledge and skills. The fellow will also be involved in development and implementation of non-simulation based educational activities for learners in their home department.



Our curriculum is centered around the principles of educating adult learners, with an emphasis on using simulation as one important method to achieve this goal. Our curriculum specifically includes the following:

General Educational Principles

  • Adult Learning Theory
  • Curriculum design
  • Educational session design
  • Learner assessment
  • Program evaluation
  • Quality improvement
  • Educational research methodology
  • Networking and Career Advancement

Simulation Specific Principles

  • Simulation basics
  • Human Patient Simulator (HPS) concepts
  • General Scenario Design & Delivery
  • Incorporation of Teamwork and CRM into Scenario Development
  • Development of Interprofessional Simulation Scenarios
  • Debriefing Theory
  • Use of AV recording and other Technologies
  • Development of Procedural Skills Training
  • Use of Standardized Patients
  • Train the Trainer in Simulation
  • Simulation Center Design
  • Simulation Center Administration
  • Promotion of Simulation within your Institution

We also understand that each individual may have different needs, different areas of desired focus, and different long-term career goals, therefore you will be able to tailor your training program in order to greater emphasize the areas that are of most interest to you.

Educational Requirements

  • Work with simulation users to design, run, and debrief simulation sessions.
  • Complete Masters in Medical Education (or related program) during the 2-year fellowship or complete a related Certificate Program for the 1-year fellowship.
  • Complete one scholarly project per year; at least one project must result in a peer-reviewed publication.
  • Work with your home department on the development of educational activities.

Clinical Activities

You will be expected to work as a part-time attending in your field at approximately a 0.4 FTE, with the remaining 0.6 FTE dedicated to your fellowship training.


Danielle Hart, MD
Fellowship Program Director, Simulation and Medical Education Fellowship
Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, HCMC
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Glenn Paetow, MD
Simulation and Medical Education Fellow
Glenn is an Emergency Medicine physician completing a two-year fellowship in Medical Education and Simulation. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then completed his Emergency Medicine residency at HCMC in 2016.

Rochelle Zarzar, MD
Simulation and Medical Education Fellow

Rochelle is an Emergency Medicine physician completing a two-year fellowship in medical education and simulation. She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then completed her Emergency Medicine residency at HCMC in 2017.

Brian Cummings, DC
Brian is a simulation specialist at HCMC Simulation Center. He earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. He previously worked as a Chiropractor for two years before coming to HCMC. He looks forward to helping provide intra-professional training and education at HCMC.

Lisa Brown, RN, BSN, PHN
Simulation Manager
Lisa is a nurse manager at HCMC Simulation Center and is responsible for operations at the center. She earned an AD at the College of Saint Catherine and a BSN at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, MN. Lisa is committed to integrating intra-professional simulation-based education at HCMC.

Mindi Driehorst, MSN, RN
Simulation Education Specialist

Mindi has been an RN for 10 years with Mayo Clinic Health Systems (MCHS). She received her BSN from Minnesota State University-Mankato and MSN with emphasis on Nursing Education as well as Leadership and Management degree from Walden University in May 2016. She has been working with simulation-based training through MCHS for the past five years. She is committed and passionate about simulation-based education and looks forward to providing intra-professional training at HCMC.

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"The Simulation and Medical Education Fellowship has furthered my development as an educator and challenged me to evolve my teaching to provide the best educational experiences for a variety of learners across all specialties." - Glenn Paetow, MD

What Sets Us Apart?

State-of-the-art, hospital-based simulation center

Simulation and Medical Education fellows learn how to facilitate simulation and debriefing sessions for a wide variety of learners, disciplines, and professions. In-situ simulation is also regularly conducted, occurring within our patient care areas.

Opportunities to develop expertise in Simulation and Medical Education

Our fellowship is a combined simulation and medical education program. Our curriculum allows fellows to tailor their projects to areas most germane to their planned future career.

1 and 2 year fellowship options

The 1-year fellowship, a certificate will be earned by taking masters level courses through the University of Southern California while our 2-year fellowship allows our fellows to earn a Master’s degree in Academic Medicine through the University of Southern California.

Individual attention and leadership opportunities

Fellows receive a great deal of one-on-one time from the Fellowship Director and Simulation Center Director, Manager, Educator, and Technician. During the program, Fellows are also generally able to assume a leadership role in their respective residency program at Hennepin Healthcare, functioning as a junior APD. Upon completion of the Simulation and Medical Education Fellowship, graduates are well prepared to take on leadership roles in Simulation Centers, Medical Schools, Residency Programs, or Hospital Administration.

Application Requirements

Applications Due October 1


Your application must include:

  • Cover letter briefly indicating your interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of successful graduation from an ACGME accredited residency program or letter indicating good standing in your residency program with the anticipated date of graduation/completion.
  • Board certified or board-eligible status within your profession in the USA.
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • Two of your letters must be from attending physicians within your department; one of these must be from a faculty with an education focus.
    • One letter must be from a simulation professional (preferably an attending physician with a focus on simulation, or a simulation center director, assistant director, educator or manager).
    • Personal statement indicating:
      • Your interest in pursuing the Simulation and Medical Education Fellowship
      • What you hope to accomplish during your time as a simulation/education fellow
      • How you hope to use simulation for education of interprofessional learner groups
      • Whether you plan to pursue the 1 or 2-year fellowship track and why (2-year fellowship includes the masters in medical education or similar degree, the 1-year program includes a certificate in medical education)
      • Why you would be a good fit for HCMC’s program
      • Any additional relevant information


  1. Submission: Submit your application via email to [email protected] to the attention of Lisa Brown before the deadline of October 1, 2018.
  2. Interviews: Selected applicants will be invited for interviews.

About Our Facility

The 10,000-square-foot Interdisciplinary Simulation and Medical Education Center is located on the lower level of the HCMC Parking Ramp. The center includes multiple rooms dedicated to each of the simulation tools offered. Many of the rooms are fully wired with audio/video recording and monitoring capabilities and many have with one-way glass for observation. The center also includes a conference space room for larger group discussions.


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Lisa Brown, RN

Simulation Center Manager
Phone: 612-873-7466
Email[email protected]

Hennepin County Medical Center
Simulation Center-Ramp Lower level
615 6th Street, Minneapolis MN 55415

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Danielle Hart, MD

Fellowship Program Director
Simulation and Medical Education Fellowship

Phone: 612-873-6114
Email[email protected]

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