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Program History and Purpose

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is gaining recognition as a national leader in clinical simulation. In 2009, the Under Secretary for Health established the National Simulation Learning, Education, and Research Network (SimLEARN) to promote excellence in healthcare provided to America's Veterans through the use of simulation technologies for process modeling, training, education, and research. Based on a 2012 VHA survey co-sponsored by the Healthcare Analysis and Information Group and SimLEARN, the number of VA medical facilities using simulation has increased from 30% in 2009 to 76% in 2012. Unfortunately, despite this increase, 77% of VA facilities did not believe their current simulation capability was able to meet their site’s educational objectives, identifying the lack of trained simulation experts as a leading barrier to establishing or expanding a simulation program. In order to address this disparity, OAA and SimLEARN have developed a fellowship to cultivate future leaders in the field of clinical simulation. The use of simulation in healthcare has grown dramatically over the past decade in areas including trainee education, procedural competency for staff, initial and maintenance of board certification and licensure, hospital privileging, systems testing and redesign, patient throughput, human factors design and training, patient safety, and quality improvement.

The Interprofessional Fellowship Program in Clinical Simulation is supported by the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) and the Simulation Learning, Education, and Research Network (SimLEARN) of the VHA Employee Education System. SimLEARN in Orlando, Florida will act as the Hub for the fellowships, developing and delivering a coordinated curriculum in clinical simulation, which will be enriched by the participant site curriculum. Additionally, the Hub will coordinate other learning experiences, as budget and VA policies allow, for fellows and fellowship co-directors. The Hub will oversee the activities of fellowship sites and in conjunction with OAA, will implement and coordinate the overall strategy for the fellowship program.

This program is accepting applications for one physician and one associated health (post-masters nurse, pharmacist, social worker, other clinical, and non-clinical candidates interprofessional fellow for this 1-year education experience.

Program Overview

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 for Veterans and the Nation. OAA and SimLEARN have collaborated to establish the Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Clinical Simulation in recognition of the following factors: Clinical simulation is an increasingly important strategy for improving quality and safety of health services and health professions education. VA is dedicated to training healthcare professionals to be future VA and national leaders in clinical simulation. VA has established the SimLEARN center as the operational hub for coordination of all clinical simulation activities in support of national simulation programming, which will expand its educational role as the hub for this advanced fellowship.

Program Announcement

Program details and application procedures:
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RFP Information Session


To inquire about the fellowship application process and to learn more about the program, interested candidates should write to the site of their choice and send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to that site.

Clinical Simulation Fellowship Address List

VISN 4 Pittsburgh, PA
Director: Lillian Emlet, MD, MS, FACEP, FCCM  Telephone 412-360-6221
Director: Mary Ellen Elias, MSN, RN-BC  Telephone 412-360-6592
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
7180 Highland Drive, 00GR-HD
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206

Telephone (412) 360-3144
Fax (412) 360-6595


Research Focus: Please contact site for more details.

VISN 21 San Francisco, CA

Director: Richard Fidler, CRNA, NP, MBA
Director: Jan Hirsch, MD, PhD
VA Medical Center
Interdisciplinary Simulation Center
VA Mail 129
4150 Clement Street
Building 6 Room 209D
San Francisco, CA 94121
Telephone : 415-2214810 X2989
Fax : 415-750-6653


Research Focus: Multidisciplinary Education and Training, Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Simulation Techniques and Technology

Website: San Francisco VA, Simulation Center

VISN 10 Dayton VA Medical Center

Director: Ankur Gupta, MD, FACE, ECNU
Director: Julie Lee, MBA, BSN, RN, CHSE
 Telephone: 937-268-6511 x3508
 Telephone: 937-268-6500 x2592
Dayton VAMC
Simulation Center, Building 315
4100 W 3rd Street
Dayton, Ohio 45428


Research Focus: Simulation-based training and education. Please contact site for more details.

VISN 6 Durham VA Medical Center

Director: Chan Park, MD, FAAEM
Director: Mary Holtschneider, RN-BC, BSN, MPA, NREMT-P, CPLP
Durham VA Medical Center
508 Fulton Street.
ACOS/Education Service (14A)
Durham, NC 27705

Telephone: 919-286-6909
Telephone: 919-286-0411 ext. 178795


Research Focus: Please contact site for more details.


VISN 8  James A Haley Veterans’ Hospital (Tampa VA)

Director: Henry Park, M.D.
Director: Janet Sprehe, DNP, APRN, CVRN, RN-BC

James A Haley Veterans’ Hospital
13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL  33612-4745

Telephone: 813-972-2000 ext. 7649 

Research Focus: 
Please contact site for more details.


VISN 23  Minneapolis VA Healthcare System

Director: Mojca Remskar, MD, PhD, MACM
Director: April Prunty, PhD, RN


Minneapolis VA Healthcare System
1 Veterans Dr.,
Minneapolis, MN 55417, Mail Code 112A

Telephone: 612-245 2525 

Research Focus: 
Please contact site for more details.


SimLEARN Coordinating Center 

Coordinating Center Team

Scott Wiltz MD, MPH, FAAFP  

Lygia Arcaro PhD, RN  

Laura Kim MD  

LeAnn Schlamb MSN Ed.S  

Nelson Wong MD MPH                                      

Facility Address:

National Simulation Center, Bldg 13 
13800 Veterans Way,
Orlando Fl 32827