Simulation Education Fellowship

This is a one-year, project-based, longitudinal experience focused on developing excellence in the areas of teaching, assessment, and curriculum development. Applications are accepted annually in late spring, with new fellows starting in September.

This fellowship is designed to enhance the participant’s expertise in the principles of simulation-based education. Fellows will work closely with simulation faculty to develop skills in curriculum development, including design, implementation, and evaluation of simulation-based educational programs. Fellows will also develop expertise in the fundamentals of adult learning theory, including debriefing learners at all levels of training and in varying disciplines. The Simulation Education Fellowship Director will provide guidance throughout the academic  program and will assist the fellow with creating and implementing a simulation-based project on the topic of his/her choosing.
The education fellowship program is funded as a 10% commitment (0.1 FTE; 4 hrs/week for 52 weeks). Funding for fellows who are employees of Cleveland Clinic is provided by the Education Institute (through inter-institute transfer). Please contact the Simulation Fellowship Director, Dr. Erin Higgins (, with any questions about the fellowship or application process.
Applicants should be full time CCF employees, hold a nursing or medical degrees equivalent to the RN, NP, CNM, MD or DO degrees awarded in the U.S., or other allied health profession degrees, with a minimum of one year in clinical practice and high motivation to pursue advanced training in simulation-based healthcare education.

  1. To acquire an understanding of the administrative and operational aspects of leading and managing a simulation center.
  2. To become familiar with key processes in educational quality assurance and accreditation requirements for a simulation center.
  3. To understand and apply the different types of simulation technology.
  4. To understand the theoretical framework of simulation-based medical education and gain proficiency in curriculum design as it relates to simulation in healthcare. The specific goal will be to design and conduct an educational training using simulation, including a debriefing session.
Applicants must complete an application that clearly describes the proposed fellowship simulation training project and is endorsed by their department leadership. Projects must address an educational need amenable to using simulation as an educational tool, and must be aimed towards health professional students, residents, fellows, and/or practicing clinicians. 

  • Cover letter (including educational achievements and career goals)
  • Current CV
  • Structured, brief Education Project proposal (maximum five pages), including: title, aims/objectives, methods, supporting literature, plan for evaluation of outcomes, and plan to continue simulation educational activities after the fellowship
  • Letter of support from applicant’s department and institute chairs, specifically stating the department’s commitment to the proposed fellowship application and that the appropriate time will be made available to the applicant to accomplish his/her fellowship goals and planned project. Nursing and allied health candidates should have letters of support from their department manager endorsed by Chief Nursing Officer or Institute Chair. 
Application should be sent to the Simulation Fellowship Director, Dr. Erin Higgins (


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