Carlos Pellegrini and Brant Oelschlager Surgical Simulation Fellowship

Carlos Pellegrini and Brant Oelschlager Surgical Simulation Fellowship

Location: University of Washington
Program Director: Robert Sweet, MD

The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons has partnered with the University of Washington to promote, screen, and advocate for quality candidates to ensure the rapid spread of minimally invasive surgery worldwide, through a focus on minimally invasive training, care and education.

Simulation for education is spreading rapidly worldwide and it is an excellent means by which surgeons, surgical teams, and hospitals can safely adopt new skills and new. There currently is a lack of leaders who have the ability to establish, maintain, and grow such centers of excellence, particularly in developing and emerging nations. This unique Fellowship provides an opportunity for individuals to develop leadership skills in  research, development, administration, curriculum development and delivery.


Fellowship Information

The goal of the Carlos Pellegrini and Brant Oelschlager Surgical Simulation Fellowship is to provide a foundation for creating international leaders in development, evaluation, and delivery of medical education curricula enhanced by simulation technologies. Upon completion of this one-year Fellowship, the Simulation Fellow will be facile in simulation education theory and practice and will have developed unique technical skills through an array of simulation activities. The Fellow will be involved in simulation classes for medical students and residents as well as in the design and implementation of all surgical simulation activities.

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Applicants must have an MD degree and be enrolled in or have completed a residency in any surgically-oriented field. International candidates with the intent of developing a simulation center/program in their home country are encouraged to apply. Evidence from the candidate’s institution indicating their wish for the applicant to lead their SIM program is required. Applications are currently being accepted with an anticipated start of Fall 2018.

How to Apply

Applicants are asked to provide the following:

  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement explaining why they are pursing this fellowship
  • A letter of recommendation from their institution (including their wish for the applicant to lead their SIM program)
  • A letter of recommendation from a colleague
  • If English is a second language, TOEFL or IELTS exam scores

For more information or to apply for this position, please contact:

Austin Shipman
Program Operations Specialist
University of Washington
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle WA, 98102

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Dr. Robert Sweet, Director of the Carlos Pellegrini and Brant Oelschlager Surgical Simulation Fellowship Program, will model this new program after University of Minnesota’s SimPORTAL program.

During the fellowship year the fellow is generally expected to direct forty percent of their efforts toward curriculum development, forty percent toward research, and twenty percent to personal skill building. By the end of the fellowship year they are expected to accomplish the following goals:

In Curriculum Development:

  • develop five full curricula with at least one scenario each
  • set up and help teach for all surgical simulation courses
  • establish a blue print for the development of a simulation center at your institution using the ACS criteria as a model
  • be an active member of the curriculum and assessment council (or equivalent)

In Research:

  • publish three papers
  • design one simulator
  • execute at least one multi-center validity study

In Personal Skill Building (can be tailored to each individual’s needs):

  • observe skills
  • complete the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) curriculum as it applies in the context of the University of Washington
  • complete the robotic curriculum as it applies to the University of Washington