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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.

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

Application timeline

Application deadlinesProgram start date
Sept. 1, 2021 – Feb. 1, 2022 July 2022

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
    • Select – Office of Non-Clinical Education Programs
    • Select – Simulation Medicine Fellowship (Florida)
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section 
    • Complete the Recommendation Request section

Additional required items

  • CV/Resume
  • Personal Statement of Professional Goals
  • Three letters of recommendation (two professional and one academic)
    • If you have had prior residency training, ask your program director for a letter 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.
  • Unofficial college transcripts

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. 

Library resources

Students have privileges at Mayo Clinic's libraries. You will have at-home and on-site access to nearly 4,200 electronic journals and more than 575 electronic books, provided free of charge. The libraries offer a variety of classes (many of them online) to help you learn how to use the large number of resources.

Information technology resources

Mayo Clinic provides cutting-edge technical resources to optimize your residency experience. Many mobile devices are supported by Mayo Clinic Information Technology. Access to wireless internet, email accounts, Mayo apps, and clinical software programs can be had at the touch of a button. The Help Desk provides around-the-clock assistance with Mac and PC questions and troubleshooting.

More than 52,000 computer workstations are available in nursing units, resident work areas, and the outpatient clinics. Additionally, residents are given remote access via virtual private network (VPN) for 24/7 electronic medical record and library access from home. 

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.

Flexible spending accounts

A flexible spending account allows you to specify a contribution amount to be deducted from your paycheck on a pretax basis. When you incur eligible expenses for yourself or an eligible dependent, you submit an app-based claim to be reimbursed from your account.

As a fellow, you are eligible to use a health care flexible spending account and a dependent care flexible spending account.

Life insurance

Mayo Clinic sponsors an employer-paid term life insurance plan. You will have coverage of three times your annual salary provided from day one. 

Employee assistance program (counseling)

Sometimes students face personal problems that are difficult to handle alone. When concerns become overwhelming and affect personal happiness, family relations, performance at work, and even health, Mayo Clinic's Employee Assistance Program can help. This employer-paid benefit provides you and your family members access to confidential assessment and referral services regarding personal concerns such as:

  • Family relationships
  • Financial or legal issues
  • Alcohol or drug dependency
  • Workplace or vocational issues
  • Mental and emotional health


For more information about the Simulation Medicine Fellowship, contact:

Larry Johnson, MSN, RN
Operations Manager, Experiential Learning Center
Phone: 904-953-6836

Leslie Simon, D.O.
Simulation Medicine Fellowship Director