The Penn Department of Surgery has been instrumental in the development of simulation-based training opportunities for its residents, medical students and nursing staff. The Department facilitates training through the use of a state of the art, dedicated 22,000 square foot simulation center. This was first accredited by the American College of Surgeons as a Level 1 Simulation Center in June 2008, and by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in 2010.
The Surgical Education Fellowship in the Department of Surgery is a 1-2 year program designed to develop future leaders and train scholars in the areas of surgical simulation, training curricula, objective assessment of performance and team training.
The Fellow is fully engaged in the delivery of the simulation-based training program to surgical residents, which involves hands-on teaching sessions, administrative duties and research opportunities. The Fellow will gain extensive teaching experience with regard to gastrointestinal, thoracic, vascular, transplant, trauma, critical care and oncological surgery, including basic and advanced laparoscopic surgery.
The Fellow will gain first-hand expertise with regard to simulated patient scenarios, technical skills training (including virtual reality and animal trainers) and team training. A significant component of the Fellowship is based upon academic research, within the areas of surgical education, skills assessment and outcomes analysis. The Fellow will be expected to design research studies, acquire and analyze data, and present their findings at international meetings and publish in high-impact journals.
The fellow must have completed an internship year and at least one year of general surgery residency training at a United States institution or have equivalent training outside this country. Previous research experience is desirable, though not essential.