Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care: School of Medicine: University of California, Irvine

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Medical Education Simulation Fellowship

UCI Simulation Fellowship

The Medical Education Simulation Fellowship offers comprehensive training in all aspects of medical simulation, which includes education, program operations, research and management. Simulation is an educational modality that provides a uniquely deliberative and repetitive opportunity to practice skills while offering immediate feedback to the learner for the development of techniques. This one-year non-ACGME training program will provide the fellow with the skills necessary to become leaders in simulation healthcare education. Both domestic and international applicants are welcome to apply.

Program Overview and Curriculum

Simulation education fellows will have the opportunity to develop, implement, manage and assess innovative simulation curriculums including to educate healthcare professionals, residents, medical students, nursing students, firefighters, paramedics and individuals from the general public. This includes University of California, Irvine (UCI) graduate medical education (GME) programs and UCI Health clinical and community providers. Some of the curriculum created will be integrated into the core curriculum of the UCI School of Medicine.

Simulation education fellows will gain education, experience and training to:

  • Establish and lead a multidisciplinary simulation center
  • Operate a simulation center
  • Operate simulations for graduate and undergraduate medical education, Continuing Medical Education (CME), and all healthcare providers
  • Design simulation curricula and develop scenarios
  • Use different advanced simulation technologies and tools
  • Learn advanced debriefing skills and contingency planning
  • Advance medical simulation in research

The simulation education fellow will work part time as a clinical instructor with an appointment with UCI Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care. The fellow will have the opportunity for academic enrichment by attending grand rounds, didactics sessions and providing lectures and teaching residents and undergraduate students.

Fellows are also encouraged to attend and present at supported opportunities at simulation related society meetings and attend the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH).

Part of the fellow’s time will be spent with the UCI Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care department (clinically/educationally) and part of the fellow’s time with be spent at the UCI Medical Education Simulation Center. The center provides simulation-based education and training for thousands of healthcare students and providers each year. The Medical Education Simulation Center includes a simulated operating room and multiple other simulated clinical rooms. The fellow will also have the opportunity to interact with other simulation education fellows at UCI and/or within the UC system.

UCI Medical Education Simulation Center equipment includes:

  • Laerdal SimMan 3G®
  • Laerdal SimBaby®
  • Gaumard Pediatric HAL®
  • Task Trainers
  • GE Aisys anesthesia machine
  • Airway equipment and operating room design from Karl Storz
  • Audiovisual system by B-line Medical®

Simulation education fellows will also operate and educate simulation sessions at the UCI Perioperative Simulation Center, a dedicated educational anesthesiology simulation space at UCI Medical Center. The center provides educational sessions on transesophageal echocardiography simulations, procedural simulation with a variety of task trainers.

UCI Perioperative Simulation Center equipment:

  • SimMan 3G®
  • Anesthesia machine
  • Arterial line task trainers
  • Cricothyrotomy task trainers
  • Difficult airway task trainers
  • Fiberoptic dexterity trainers
  • Spinal and epidural simulators
  • Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) simulator
  • Ultrasound guided central line task trainers
  • Ultrasound guided peripheral nerve block task trainers
  • SimRated® skills training

Clinical Experience

The simulation education fellow will work part time as a clinical instructor with an appointment with UCI Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, thereby self-funding their fellowship.

Research Opportunities

The simulation education fellow will participate and become involved in various ongoing simulation-related research projects that involves grant writing, IRBs, CME applications and manuscripts. Through the course of the training, fellows are expected to submit several scenarios and research projects for publications. The fellow will have the opportunity to present their research to the department at grand rounds.

Application Process

Submit the following required documents to the Fellowship Program Coordinator,

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • USLME Scores
  • Personal statement expressing the reason of interest in simulation

Required documents will be closely reviewed and qualified applicants will be invited to interview with the director of the fellowship program, simulation faculty members and clinical faculty members.

International Applicants

Interested international applicants are welcome to apply and have a different set of requirements.

Special Requirements

Applicants must have completed a residency program in the United States and all three steps of USMLE. Applicants must also be able to obtain a California medical license prior to start of fellowship.

For other simulation fellowship opportunities and for those who do not meet the special requirements, contact or visit for more information.

Fellowship Graduates

Mohammad Alkofi, MD
International Fellow - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Mitra Khani, MD
International Fellow - Iran

Anne Beissel, MD
International Fellow - France

Corey Nelson, MD

Contact Information

Direct all inquiries to:

Fellowship Coordinator
Rogelio (Roger) Hernandez
Phone: 714-456-5835

Director, Medical Education Simulation Center
Program Director

Cameron Ricks, MD