Simulation & Safety


We are pleased to offer a one year fellowship in medical simulation and we are currently accepting one fellow for the 2017-2018 year.

Simulation is a large component of our Georgetown Emergency Medicine resident, medical student, and ongoing MedStar Emergency Physician (MEP) faculty education. The fellow will work closely with our simulation and safety faculty to develop expertise in educational program development, patient safety training, innovation, operations, and research. The fellow can spend more time in areas of simulation and safety that match their interests and career goals. Upon completion of the program, they will have the knowledge and skills to be able to lead their own simulation program.


The Georgetown/MedStar Emergency Simulation & Safety Fellowship is a one year program designed for graduates of ACGME approved Emergency Medicine residency programs. Candidates will be board certified or board eligible in Emergency Medicine through ABEM or AOBEM prior to matriculation.


Our fellow will be mentored by our core Emergency Medicine Residency and Simulation faculty to learn how to use simulation effectively in education. They will be involved in all aspects of Emergency Medicine simulation which include:

Teaching EM Residents

  • Full Simulation Days with all EM Residents – focus on Team Training and Procedural Skills
  • Individual Resident Simulation Days – focus on mastery of procedural skills and critical thinking
  • Simulation Case Conference during EM lecture days
  • ACGME Milestones Procedural and Scenario testing
  • ACGME Individualized Interactive Instruction – Additional Procedural Skill Teaching Sessions offered to residents on lecture days
  • Prepare for other large scale EM simulation events such as Wilderness Day, Disaster simulations, and SimWars
  • Design 12 simulation cases to be submitted during the year which will be a part of the Fellow’s portfolio.

Teaching 3rd and 4th year Georgetown medical students

  • Help to further integrate medical student safety curriculum with simulation -assist with existing 4th year medical student safety case and expand to third year medical students
  • Procedural Skills development
  • Develop a case to be run during medical student clerkship incorporating team-based learning and safety

Teaching MEP Faculty – including community partners

Assist with the design, operations, and implementation of an ongoing faculty curriculum to regularly review and refresh procedural and other critical skills

Work with and Learn from Other MedStar Simulation Programs and Specialties

  • There are many opportunities to participate in our MedStar-wide Critical Care “Code Blue” Refreshers, Critical Care Simulations, General Surgery Simulations, Pediatric Codes Simulations, and our Obstetrics “MOST” program for high-risk scenarios
  • Work with our Georgetown/MedStar EM Ultrasound and Sports Medicine fellowship programs to enhance their simulation education and training
  • Run Crisis Resource Management Cases with multidisciplinary teams


  • The fellow will develop expertise in medical simulation high-fidelity mannequins, task trainers, and moulage
  • Work with our simulation innovation team to create a model or improve on an existing training device
  • Create an instructional video for learners that focuses on a procedure, team training, and debriefing techniques

Required Reading

  • Required reading and textbooks will be discussed with lead faculty weekly
  • Weekly meeting to evaluate progress
  • Running of case scenarios and debriefing supervised by core faculty members for first several months

Research or Scholarly Project

  • Design either a simulation-based research project or scholarly project of publishable quality
  • Timeline and deadline for project will be given to the fellow to be able to submit for Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) and International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) annual meetings
  • MedStar National Center for Human factors in Health Care is a valuable resource available to our fellow for their project

Faculty Development

  • Our fellow will be well prepared to take the Society of Simulation in Health Care Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator exam
  • Numerous opportunities to participate in faculty development courses such as our MedStar Teaching Essentials Course for Faculty and the Center for Medical Simulation Instructor Course in Boston


The fellow will learn many areas of simulation lab operations during the fellowship


David Carlberg, M.D. Director, Emergency Medicine Simulation & Safety Fellowship Georgetown/MedStar Emergency Medicine