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Simulation Medicine Fellowship (Minnesota)

The Mayo Clinic Department of Experiential Learning’s Multidisciplinary Simulation Center in Rochester, Minnesota, offers a Simulation Fellowship. As a fellow in the program, you will become knowledgeable in simulation-based technologies, participate in the daily operations of the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center, and actively engage in the team process that is necessary for the effective functioning of a healthcare simulation center.

This fellowship is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS-AEI).

A stipend is provided for the fellowship as well as medical and dental benefits. Unfortunately, housing is not provided.

Faculty and mentors

The fellowship is overseen by the Simulation Center’s Medical Director, Torrey Laack, M.D., an emergency medicine physician. Mariela Rivera, M.D., will be the Surgical Fellowship Director for those from a surgical specialty. Mark Morrey, M.D., is the director of the Center for Procedural Skills Mastery and will collaborate with those interested in procedural skills simulation.

Additional mentoring is provided by David Cook, M.D., M.H.P.E. (research mentor) and Usha Asirvatham, M.S.N., R.N., C.H.S.E. (education mentor).

Diana Kelm, M.D.

Diana Kelm, M.D.

Medical Director - Multi-Disciplinary Simulation Center

Consultant - Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine - Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

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Mariela Rivera, M.D.

Mariela Rivera, M.D.

Surgical Simulation Director

Consultant - Division of Trauma, Critical Care & General Surgery, Department of Surgery

Assistant Professor of Surgery - Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Program Director - Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education

Associate Program Director - Residency - General Surgery Residency Program

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Mark Morrey, M.D.

Mark Morrey, M.D.

Medical Director – Center for Procedural Skills Mastery

Consultant - Division of Adult Reconstruction, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Associate Professor of Orthopedics - Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Master's Faculty Privileges in Clinical & Translational Science - Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Consultant (Joint Appointment) - Department of Clinical Anatomy

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David Cook, M.D., M.H.P.E.

David Cook, M.D., M.H.P.E.

Simulation Research Committee Chair

Consultant - Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine

Professor of Medicine and Professor of Medical Education - Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Director of Education Science, Office of Applied Scholarship and Education Science

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Usha Asirvatham, M.S.N., R.N., C.H.S.E.

Usha Asirvatham, M.S.N., R.N., C.H.S.E.

Nursing Education Specialist – Multidisciplinary Simulation Center

Assistant Professor of Nursing - Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

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As a simulation fellow, you are expected to learn and master the skills necessary to effectively:

  1. Incorporate simulation-based experiential training into an educational curriculum
  2. Design simulation courses to optimize the safety of patient care delivery
  3. Design, conduct, and disseminate a simulation-based research project
  4. Lead a successful simulation center
  5. Actively engage with simulation-focused professional organizations
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in presenting to national and/or international audiences

Components emphasized

  • Instructional design
  • Educational research
  • Simulation design with different emphasis
    • Education, cognitive science learning and assessment
    • Systems integration
    • Research
  • Simulation technology
  • Sim Center administration
  • Professionalism


Education and/or experience required: Postdoctoral fellows must complete the doctoral degree before beginning their postdoctoral training. At a minimum, fellows must complete all requirements for the doctoral degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.

Additional experience and/or qualifications:

  • Specific experience in simulation-based learning is preferred.
  • Experience in research and evaluation methodologies for assessment of educational outcomes is preferred.

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.

Information for international candidates

If selected, a minimum of four-five months of lead time is needed for new fellows requiring an initial J-1 or H-1B visa. English language proficiency is an eligibility requirement for participation in the program.

Application process

Application timeline

Application deadlines Program start date
Sept. 1, 2023 – Nov. 1, 2023 July 2024

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
    • Select – Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science Experience
    • Select – Simulation Medicine Fellowship (RST)
  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
  • Copy of completion certificate from each residency and/or fellowship training program


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