The goal of the Summa/ABIA Medical Simulation Fellowship is to provide Fellows with the expert training necessary to establish themselves as leaders in medical simulation instruction, administration and research.

The curriculum has 11 measurable objectives that must be completed/demonstrated before the conclusion of the fellowship. Objectives will be circulated to the faculty and staff involved with training of Fellows for review. The advisory/steering committee will also regularly review the progress of the Fellows, and their ability to achieve the objectives of the program. At these regularly scheduled reviews, the goals/objectives of the fellowship are re-evaluated to assure inclusion of the most current developments in medical education and simulation.

Multiple modalities of formal summative assessment are employed throughout the fellowship to ensure that objectives are being met and can be demonstrated. This summative testing also aids Fellows in compiling a body of work that can be submitted as a portfolio to potential employers. Numerous examples of both formative and summative assessment are matched with their educational objectives and teaching methods in the Curriculum, Teaching and Assessment Methods table.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the fellowship, each student will have demonstrated:

Curriculum and Instructional Development
Expertise in the use of a wide variety of medical simulation equipment, training devices and moulage
The ability to implement or integrate a formal simulation-based curriculum into existing training programs
Expertise in the concept and training of multi-disciplinary teams in the principles of Crisis Resource Management
A comprehensive understanding of how patient safety training initiatives are best taught utilizing medical simulation
Expertise in the ability to debrief learners in a variety of training programs
The ability to develop large scale simulation-based training scenarios for special populations
Expertise in case development/scenario building


An ability to execute the administrative duties of a simulation medical director/administrator including how to obtain buy-in from key personnel
The ability to develop a business plan for typical hospital-based simulation programs
Proficiency in applying for grant funding to support simulation research


Proficiency in research methodology for simulation-based scholarship


Required textbooks and reading materials:

  1. Kyle, Richard, and W. Bosseau Murray.  Clinical Simulation: Operations, Engineering, and Management.  Boston, MA: Elsevier, 2008.
  2. Riley, R.H., ed.  Manual of Simulation in Healthcare.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  3. Dunn, William, ed.  Simulators in Critical Care and Beyond.  Des Plaines, IL: Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2004.

Fellows will have regularly scheduled readings from the above textbooks and from selected peer-reviewed articles.  An electronic compilation of selected peer-reviewed articles focusing on medical simulation/education will be provided to each Fellow.


Fellows are encouraged to attend and present their research at the Annual Society for Simulation in Healthcare meeting.  The fellow will have protected time to develop a research manuscript based on individual interests in the field of medical simulation.  Fellows are expected to have a publishable manuscript prior to completion of the fellowship