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- Surgical Education and Simulation Research FellowshipThe Surgical Education and Simulation Research Fellowship in the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Surgery provides formal training in principles and methods of surgical education and research.
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About the Program
The Surgical Education and Simulation Research Fellowship in the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Surgery is dedicated to training fellows to be academic surgical leaders in the field of surgical education, research and simulation.
This program also consists of close relationships with the Codman Center for Clinical Effectiveness, the Procedural Learning and Safety Collaborative and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. These relationships, along with others in Boston and across the country, have helped fellows pursue research projects in a variety of areas that bridge education, outcomes and technology.
This program can be one to two years in length depending on the fellow’s career aspirations and available financial resources.
As part of the Consortium of American College of Surgeons (ACS) Accredited Institutes, this fellowship program consists of high-quality formal didactic and hands-on training with regular feedback and mentorship.
- Conceive, develop and run simulation-based training and evaluation modules
- Create, administer and evaluate new simulation programs/centers
- Critically appraise and/or conduct simulation-based medical education research
- Describe the theoretical and scientific foundations of simulation-based medical/surgical education
- Adult learning theories
- Linking resident education to patient outcomes / satisfaction
- Machine learning and Artifical Intelligence (AI)-based assessment
- Resident burnout prevention
Fellows are expected to publish at least two manuscripts during the program.
- A Systems Approach to Assessment
- Leading Innovations in Health Care and Education
- Program for Educators in Health Professions
Specific information about each of these courses can be provided by request.
The Surgical Education and Simulation Research Fellowship at Mass General provides the fellow with didactic and mentored training that encompasses:
- Administration and leadership
- Technology support and simulation.
Our existing simulation-based education fellowship curriculum is particularly robust and culminates in a Teaching and Learning Certificate with a Concentration in Healthcare Simulation which is offered by our affiliated Mass General Institute of Health Professions (a graduate school founded by Mass General). All fellows will complete the certificate program, which includes coursework at the Institute for Medical Simulation (Center for Medical Simulation in Cambridge, MA) and the Harvard-Macy Institute (Program for Educators in the Health Professions). Depending on funding levels, there is also the possibility that fellows will be able to obtain a master’s in health professions education through the Mass General Institute of Health Professions.
Mentored training in the above cognitive elements as well as human/fiscal resource management and research design/methodology will be delivered through bi-weekly meetings with the Fellowship research group and monthly meetings of institution-wide surgical education research meetings.
The fellow will have an opportunity to work very closely with Roy Phitayakorn, MD, Denise Gee, MD, and Emil Petrusa, PhD, to design and complete their own individual research project that emphasizes at least one of the cognitive elements mentioned above. The simulation specialists will also mentor the fellow so that the fellow is comfortable managing the technical elements of a successful simulation session including role playing/improvisation and technical troubleshooting.
How to Apply
Applicants must either:
- Have an MD and be enrolled or have completed a residency in any surgically-oriented field, or
- Be enrolled in or have completed a PhD program in a relevant field (including but not limited to psychometrics, education and computer science).
- Independent funding is required to join the fellowship program.
To apply for the Surgical Education and Simulation Research Fellowship at Mass General, please contact Roy Phitayakorn, MD, Denise Gee, MD, and Emil Petrusa, PhD, by email below:
Roy Phitayakorn, MD, MHPE, FACS
- Director, MGH Learning Laboratory
- Director, Surgical Artificial Intelligence and Innovation Laboratory
- Director, General Surgery Residency Program
The Surgical Education and Simulation Research Fellowship in the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Surgery provides formal training in principles and methods of surgical education and research.
Massachusetts General Hospital