Advanced Clinical Simulation (VAMC)

Advanced Clinical Simulation Fellowship (VAMC)

Program Director: Jan Hirsch, MD
Description: The Simulation Fellowship at the San Francisco VAMC has been offered since 2010 On an annual basis, we have two positions available: 1. One Physician /Dentist Fellow (US board eligible candidates from all specialties can apply) 2. One Associated Health Provider Fellow (Including, but not limited to RN, Pharm.D., NP, CRNA).

Clinical simulation is an increasingly important strategy for improving quality and safety of health services and health professions education. The purpose of the Interprofessional Fellowship Program in Clinical Simulation is to develop leaders with vision, knowledge, and commitment to advance, implement, teach, and evaluate simulation-based training strategies to improve healthcare. This fellowship in Clinical Simulation is supported by the VA office of Academic Affairs and SimLEARN. Description: Fellows will be based at the San Francisco VA, but can pursue simulation and clinical activities at other sites as well. Fellows shall spend approximately 70 percent of their time in training, development, and implementation of projects related to the practice of clinical simulation. This includes, but is not limited to, classroom learning, simulator programming, curriculum development, involvement in hospital committees related to identifying gaps and outcomes for simulation training programs (patient safety, Root Cause Analysis (RCA), code committee, etc.), site-visits, clinical simulation instruction, and national SimLEARN projects. Fellows are expected to develop and implement a significant clinical simulation project that will result in presentation at a regional or national venue, publication, or both. No more than 30 percent time should be spent in direct clinical care or equivalent, but all fellows are expected to maintain standard clinical activity.

Clinical: Fellows will work as a clinical attending on average 2 days per week, with the additional 3 days per week devoted to the fellowship program much of which will involve clinical care.  Fellows will take on average two nights of call per month. This will provide salary support during the clinical year.

Candidate qualifications: Completion of residency/board eligible in anesthesiology for US applicants, Board certification (foreign equivalence) for international applicants.

Application: The scheduled start date in each given year is July 1, but can be as late as October 1. For additional application information and instructions, please contact the program director, Jan Hirsch: [email protected].