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Medical Education & Simulation Fellowship

Personalized Curriculum, Flexible Schedule
Hospital-based Simulation Center with Interdisciplinary Educational Opportunities
Advanced Training and Mentorship in Medical Education

About the Program

Program Description

Medical and Simulation Education fellows work with multiple departments and professionals to develop simulation and skills-based curricula. They are involved in the development, implementation, facilitation, and debriefing of simulation sessions, both in the simulation center and in clinical environments (in-situ). Fellows lead multiple curricular development projects, involving both individual departments/units and interprofessional teams.

While concurrently being enrolled in a master's level program, fellows combine formal education with experiential learning and direct feedback, to maximize the opportunity to acquire and refine their knowledge and skills. Fellows also are involved in developing non-simulation based educational activities for learners in their home department.

Application Process

Application Requirements

Your application must include:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. 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
  3. Board-certified or board-eligible status within your profession in the USA
  4. 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).
  5. Personal statement indicating:
    • Your interest in pursuing a Medical Education & Simulation Fellowship
    • What you hope to accomplish during your time as a MedEd/SIM Fellow
    • Whether you have any specific goals after completing your fellowship and how you would like to tailor or individualize your fellowship experience to attain this goal
    • 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 Hennepin Healthcare’s program
    • Any additional relevant information
  6. Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to review materials from applicants that require H-1B or J-1 visas.


  1. Submission: Please submit your application materials via email to [email protected] to the attention of Mindi Driehorst, MSN (ISEC Manager) before the deadline of October 1, each academic year
  2. Interviews: Communication will be sent to all applicants in the first week of October with more information on the timing of the interview. Interviews will be held between October 15th and November 15th, either in-person or virtually.
  3. Final Decisions: We will send out final decision communications to all applicants on November 15th.


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

Medical Education 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.


Charles Lei, MD
Medical Director
, Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center
Fellowship Program Co-Director, Medical Education and Simulation Fellowship

Glenn Paetow, MD, MACM
Fellowship Program Co-Director, Medical Education and Simulation Fellowship
Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Hennepin Healthcare
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Mindi Driehorst, MSN, RN
Simulation Center Manager
Mindi is the Simulation Center Manager at ISEC and is responsible for the operational management, coordination in development & delivery of educational simulation activities and strategic planning to ensure the mission and vision of the center are achieved.  She earned her BSN from Minnesota State University-Mankato, as well as her MSN in Nursing Education and Leadership & Management from Walden University. 

Rochelle Zarzar, MD, MACM
Simulation Faculty -  Simulation and Medical Education Fellowship
Associate Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Hennepin Healthcare
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School  

Erin Karl, MD
Medical Education and Simulation Fellow 2021-2023
Erin is an Emergency Medicine physician completing a two-year fellowship in Medical Education and Simulation. She completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2021. Her interests are in Medical Student and Resident Education as well as multi-disciplinary Simulation Education.

Sarah Ringstrom, MD
Medical Education and Simulation Fellow 2022-2024

Sarah is an Emergency Medicine physician completing a two-year fellowship in Medical Education and Simulation. She completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at Hennepin Healthcare in 2022. Her interests are in Resident Education as well as multi-disciplinary Simulation Education.



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"The Simulation and Medical Education Fellowship gave me a strong foundation for a career in academic medicine, as well as practical, real-world experiences in developing curricula, teaching and assessing learners, and the ins and outs of running a Simulation Center." Rochelle Zarzar, 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

For the 1-year Fellowship, a certificate will be earned by taking Masters Level Courses. The 2-year Fellowship allows our Fellows to earn a Master’s degree in Health Professions Education from one of a few top-tier Online Programs.

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.

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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Mindi Driehorst, MSN, RN

Simulation Center Manager
[email protected]

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

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Glenn Paetow, MD, MACM

 Medical Director
Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center
[email protected]

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