Carlos Pellegrini and Brant Oelschlager Surgical Simulation Fellowship

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

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

Fellowship Information

The goal of this 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. Once this one-year fellowship is completed, the Simulation Fellow will be facile in simulation education theory and practice and will have developed their own 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.


Applicants must be an MD and be enrolled or have completed a residency in any surgically-oriented field. International candidates with the intent on developing a simulation center/program in their home country are encouraged to apply; evidence from the candidate’s institution indicating their wish for applicant to lead their SIM program is required. Applications will be accepted through July 15, 2017 with a start date of September 1, 2017.

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