Clinical Simulation Fellowship

Emergency Medicine Simulation Fellowship

The University of Wisconsin sponsors an Emergency Medicine Simulation Fellowship that prepares graduates to be experts in the field of simulation education within academic emergency medicine.

Program Details

  • Length of Fellowship: 1 year
  • Number of Positions: 1
  • Start: July 1, 2022


During this one-year fellowship, participants will gain skills in the creation and execution of simulation-based learning experiences, including underlying theory, research, as well as debriefing, and technical skills. In addition to training at the University of Wisconsin, you will have support to attend the Comprehensive Instructor Course hosted by the Center for Medical Simulation at Harvard University, which is the standard of excellence in Simulation Education. Extensive teaching opportunities for medical students, physician assistant students, and Emergency Medicine residents will allow you to hone your skills and develop your own teaching style. Simulation fellowship-trained faculty will conduct "debrief the debriefer" sessions after observing teaching to provide real-time constructive feedback. Curriculum development will also be a key component of education skills covering during the year.

Simulation can be utilized for more than education, and interested fellows can participate in departmental and institutional quality improvement and process development initiatives as well, including in-situ simulation. Fellows will also gain experience managing a very active simulation program by taking a leadership role in our departmental Simulation Committee.

UW Health Clinical Simulation Center

The UW Health Clinical Simulation Program’s 7,500 square foot state-of-the-science Clinical Simulation Facility within University Hospital with multidisciplinary facilities,
resources and curriculum, and interprofessional training capabilities. With a state-of-the-art facility, UW Health’s Clinical Simulation Program features resources such as high fidelity manikins, task and virtual reality simulators, advanced audio-visual capture and playback system, and access to a virtual environment simulation cave.

Take a virtual tour of the Simulation Center:

Clinical Work

Fellows will continue to develop their clinical skills through a combination of clinical shifts at our busy emergency department at UW Health's University Hospital, one of two Level I Trauma and Burn Centers in the state which sees over 60,000 patients annually. Shifts may also be completed at our community emergency departments at The American Center in East Madison, and at Beloit Memorial Hospital 45 minutes southeast of Madison. Those with interest and experience may also serve as a flight physician with UW Med Flight, our world-class helicopter EMS transport and retrieval service.

Fellowship Director

Michelle HughesMichelle Hughes, MD
Director of Medical Simulation

Dr. Michelle Hughes grew up on the East Coast and completed medical school at the University of Maryland before moving to the Midwest for her emergency medicine residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center; Dr. Hughes stayed in Chicago to complete a simulation fellowship with the Rush/Cook County Hospital System. She is currently a board member in the Emergency Medicine Section of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Her medical interests include simulation-based education for residents and simulation-based interprofessional education.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Michelle Hughes at