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Simulation Medicine Fellowship (Florida)

The J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, offers a Simulation Medicine Fellowship. This fellowship has two available positions for either a one- or two-year term.

Leslie Simon, D.O., is the medical director of the simulation center and director of the fellowship.

This fellowship focuses on:

  • Principles of adult learning theory
  • Advantages and limitations of simulation-based education as it applies to health care
  • Simulation typology
  • Operational techniques appropriate to a world-class experiential learning center
  • Publishing work in academic journals related to simulation medicine

Fellows in the program also become knowledgeable in simulation-based technologies, participate in the daily operations of the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center, and actively engage in the team process that's necessary for the effective functioning of a medical simulation center.

Simulation education


Simulation education

Components emphasized

  • Experiential learning theory
  • Adult learning theory
  • Leadership theory
  • Organizational theory
  • Motivational theory
  • Assessment theory
  • Application of theories addressed
  • History of simulation

Skills emphasized

  • Teaching and facilitation
  • Academic and scientific writing
  • Research
  • Leadership
  • Grantsmanship
  • Instructional design
  • Budgeting
  • Interpersonal communications
  • Accreditation
  • Activism
  • Mentorship
  • Networking
  • Simulation technology
  • Management


Trainees completing the Simulation Medicine Fellowship are expected to learn and master the skills necessary to effectively:

  • Design and write a simulation-based research project
  • Lead a successful simulation center
  • Incorporate simulation-based experiential training into a larger specialty-based curriculum
  • Use newly designed simulation courses as a process-engineering tool to optimize the safety of patient care delivered within an established health care environment
  • Integrate into simulation-based societal functions
  • Develop poise and prowess in presentations to national and international audiences


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Those eligible for the Simulation Medicine Fellowship include college graduates who are pursuing or have already completed an advanced degree and training in academic medicine, such as physicians, fellows, residents, nurses, and other advanced allied health personnel.

A pre-admission health review and current immunization record are required before the start of the fellowship. Prospective fellows must pass a criminal background check and drug screening.

Application process

The program uses a rolling admissions process. While the academic year begins July 1, dates are flexible depending on the individual circumstances for each fellow.

The application and all supporting documentation must be submitted to be reviewed for eligibility and consideration.

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission. Select the following when creating an account:
    • School of Study – Office of Non-Clinical Education Programs
    • Area of Interest – Simulation Medicine Fellowship (Florida)
  2. Once logged on, select "Create a New Application"
  3. Select "Start a Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science Experience Application"
  4. Complete each section of the application and submit
  5. After submission:
    • Select the "View" button next to your application
    • Select the "Supplemental Items & Documents" tab
      • Upload your supplemental items
      • Request recommendations

Additional required items

  • CV/Resume
  • Personal Statement to be uploaded in the Supplemental Items section and address the following:
    • How did you become interested in Simulation Medicine?
    • What has drawn you to Mayo Clinic's Simulation Medicine Fellowship?
    • Describe your short-term and long-term career goals after completion of the fellowship.
  • Three letters of recommendation, each letter should include the writer's opinion of your professional, academic, and personal qualifications, as well as an opinion of your potential success in simulation medicine.
    • Recommendation from program director, professor, faculty, preceptor, or supervisor 
    • If you have had prior residency training, ask your program director for a letter of recommendation.
  • Unofficial college transcripts from all schools attended and/or currently attending

Stipend and benefits

Learn more about the stipend and benefits for the Simulation Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.


The annual stipend is $68,327, paid as bi-weekly installments.

You are responsible for your living accommodations.

Vacation, holiday, and sick leave

Fellows are allotted 15 total days of paid time off for personal vacation (including professional interviews), holidays, and sick leave. Mayo Clinic recognizes six major holidays each year: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Fellows may be required to staff scheduled holidays, evenings, and weekends. A staffed holiday is not counted against the fellow's allotment of 15 total days of paid time off.

Professional travel

During your fellowship, you may have the opportunity to attend professional meetings for the purposes of networking, professional development, and service to the profession. Funding is provided for approved travel-related expenses, such as airfare, hotel, and registration fees. Attendance at additional local, state, and national meetings by a fellow is at the discretion of program leadership. 

Medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage

Fellows are eligible for an excellent benefit package that includes medical and prescription coverage from day one, as well as a dental and vision reimbursement account or dental insurance. 

Medical plan premiums for employee, employee plus a child or children, employee plus spouse, and family are competitively priced and selected by the resident during orientation. Prescription drug coverage varies based on the medical plan chosen.


For more information about the Simulation Medicine Fellowship, contact:

Eugene Richie
Operations Manager, Experiential Learning Center
Phone: 904-953-6836

Leslie Simon, D.O.
Simulation Medicine Fellowship Director