Join our vibrant community of life-long learners to enhance how you develop, implement, manage and assess healthcare simulation-based programs. Tailored to your interests, goals, and self-development, this primarily non-clinical program helps you identify and position your simulation program to meet the needs of your colleagues and institution.  Our fellows and international scholars are immersed in many aspects of healthcare simulation-based education and/or quality and safety improvement, advancing their skills as a potent leader, instructor, debriefer of healthcare simulation-based activities.

The online fellowship is a three-month program and the in-person fellowship ranges from six to twelve months. Shorter periods of scholarship can be arranged on a case-by-case basis in our International Scholars program. Whether online or in-person, this program provides a solid foundation in simulation-based education, quality and safety interventions, leadership and research. You will interact with leading simulation educators and change agents; gain experience designing simulation courses; develop a strategic plan for your simulation program.


We offer Fellows and International Scholars these opportunities:

  • Design and develop simulation-based solutions that target the fellow’s important organizational goals
  • Understand how CMS teaches simulation, particularly our philosophy of simulation-based transformation in education and quality and safety
  • Develop a solid foundation in simulation-based interventions for education, clinician resilience, and patient safety
  •  Learn and appreciate the principles of scenario design for healthcare providers (e.g. faculty, fellows, post-graduate trainees and students)
  • Analyze and participate in scenarios focused on interprofessional communication and collaboration
  • Connect with simulation leaders, educators, and quality champions in our world-wide community of practice
  • Engage with CMS faculty on a 1:1 basis for mentoring in leadership and advancing the fellow’s simulation program and career goals
  • Attend CMS simulation education and clinical courses
  • Assist CMS Faculty with simulation education, quality and safety projects, clinical courses or webinars
  • Attend as many CMS meetings as possible about simulation quality enhancement, education, research, planning, scenario development, etc.
  • Receive real-time feedback to improve and refine the fellow’s debriefing skills
  • Advance the fellow’s personal research agenda for the scholarly project
  • Formally present the fellow’s Scholarly Project to CMS faculty and peers for discussion and guidance

Online Simulation Fellowship (3 Months)

From the comfort of your home and remaining on your job:

  • Learn with colleagues who invented and continue to transform leading debriefing models
  • Position your simulation initiatives to address key goals for your colleagues and institution
  • Experience principles of workplace-based learning as you are coached by the experts at CMS
  • Connect with peers and mentors world-wide who face similar challenges that you do
  • Pace your fellowship coursework based on your current personal/professional commitments and schedule

In-Person Simulation Fellowship (6-12 Months)

From the Center for Medical Simulation in Boston:

  • Day-to-day interactions with CMS Faculty and Staff
  • Participate/Observe all clinical simulation activities at CMS or those CMS supports at our Harvard-affiliated institution
  • Observe, learn about and participate in simulation set-ups and turnovers during CRM, Instructor and other courses held at CMS
  • Observe behind the scenes during simulations to build your skill in operating mannequins and AV consoles during simulations
  • Enjoy the City of Boston and surrounding areas

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Applicant Qualifications

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 two years in clinical practice and high motivation to pursue advanced training in simulation-based healthcare education.

A record of achievement in healthcare education, as provided by letters of reference, publications, teaching evaluations, or prior specialized training or experience in medical education is desired, but not required.


Contact Us

Application and Interview Information

Before applying, you may contact Dr. Gardner to discuss your interests and seek additional information about the program.

Roxane Gardner, MD, MPH, DSc
Director, Simulation Fellowship and International Scholars Program
[email protected]
(617) 726-3133

Applicants will be asked to submit a Curriculum Vitae, Personal Statement (1-2 pages) and letters of recommendation, including one from a program director or immediate supervisor.



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