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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.

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).

Torrey Laack, M.D.

Torrey Laack, M.D.

Medical Director - Multi-Disciplinary Simulation Center

Consultant - Department of Emergency Medicine

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

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

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

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

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


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. Integrate into simulation-based societal functions
  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 and deadline

The application deadline is Nov. 8, 2021.

To apply, please email the following documents to by Nov. 8, 2021.

  1. Completed Simulation Fellowship application
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Personal statement of professional goals
  4. Copy of medical school diploma or graduate education diploma
  5. Copy of completion certificate from each of your prior residency and/or fellowship training programs
  6. Three letters of recommendation


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