The Program

The Medical Education and Simulation Fellowship at Hennepin is a 1-2 year program centered around the principles of educating adult learners, with an emphasis on using simulation as one important method to achieve this goal. The simulation components of the curriculum align with the SAEM Simulation Fellowship Consensus Curriculum, and the education components of this curriculum are derived from Educational Masters programs.  While every fellow will have an understanding of all critical elements of simulation & education, there is significant flexibility in where the fellow wants to focus their time and efforts, in order to maximize their learning in areas that align with their future careers. While some fellows complete the full 2-year program with a Masters degree in a related field, others opt for the 1-year program, completing a related Certificate Program. For more information on Hennepin County Medical Center’s Interprofessional Simulation and Education Center, visit the institutional website.

Educational Requirements

Fellows in the 2-year program will complete a Master’s Degree program in a related field (Masters in Academic Medicine, Education, Research, etc.), while fellows in the 1-year program will work on a Certificate Degree.

Additionally, Fellows are expected to help design, run, and debrief simulation cases in the Interprofessional Simulation & Education Center and

Clinical Requirements

Fellows are expected to work part time as an attending physician in their field at approximately 0.4 FTE, with the remaining 0.6 FTE dedicated to your fellowship trainingEducation Curriculum

  • Adult Learning Theory
  • Curriculum design
  • Educational session design
  • Learner assessment
  • Program evaluation
  • Quality improvement
  • Educational research methodology
  • Networking and Career Advancement

Simulation Curriculum

  • Simulation basics
  • Human Patient Simulator (HPS) concepts
  • General Scenario Design & Delivery
  • Incorporation of Teamwork and CRM into Scenario Development
  • Development of Interprofessional Simulation Scenarios
  • Debriefing Theory
  • Use of AV recording and other Technologies
  • Development of Procedural Skills Training
  • Use of Standardized Patients
  • Train the Trainer in Simulation
  • Simulation Center Design
  • Simulation Center Administration
  • Promotion of Simulation within your Institution

Application Requirements

Email all of the following items to :

  • Cover Letter – briefly indicating your interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement indicating:
    • Your interest in pursuing a Simulation/Education Fellowship
    • What you hope to accomplish during your time as a simulation / education fellow
    • How you hope to use simulation for education of interprofessional learner groups
    • Whether you plan to pursue the 1 or 2 year fellowship track and why (2 year fellowship includes the masters in medical education or similar degree, 1 year program includes a certificate in medical education)
    • Why you would be a good fit for Hennepin’s program
    • Any additional relevant information
  • Proof of successful graduation from an ACGME accredited residency program or letter indicating good standing in your residency program with anticipated date of graduation/completion.
  • Board certified or board-eligible status within your profession in the USA.
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • Two of your letters must be from attending physicians within your department; one of these must be from a faculty with an education focus.
    • One letter must be from a simulation professional (preferably an attending physician with a focus in simulation, or a simulation center director, assistant director, educator)

Glenn Paetow, MD

Simulation Center Director, Fellowship Program Director for Medical Education and Simulation

Mindi Driehorst, MSN

Simulation Center Manager

Russ Siekman

Simulation Center Tech Specialist

Erin Karl, MD

Medical Education and Simulation Fellow (2021-2023)

About Us

The Department of Emergency Medicine is comprised of the physicians, physician-assistants and staff dedicated to the delivery of emergency medical services for HCMC. Emergency Medicine Faculty physicians provide emergency medical care, teach students of many types, and conduct research leading to innovation of emergency care.

Our Residency Program in Emergency Medicine, its residents, and its graduates are a source of great pride for our Department. It began in 1972 with two residents, years before recognition of the discipline of Emergency Medicine as a medical specialty. Today we match twelve residents per year in our three-year program.

Hennepin County Medical Center
Dept of Emergency Medicine
701 Park Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 873-5683


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