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Simulation Fellowship

 The Vanderbilt Emergency Medicine Simulation Fellowship is a one-year program designed to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills, and experience to become leaders in simulation and medical education.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Educational Curriculum

Fellows will work closely with our simulation faculty to develop expertise in all aspects of Emergency Medicine Simulation.

They will gain a deep understanding of the principles of curriculum development and receive mentorship from experienced simulation educators in the conception, design, implementation, and assessment of simulation-based educational programs.

Fellows will become adept at operating, programming, and maintaining a wide variety of medical simulation technologies, including high-fidelity human patient simulators, partial task simulators, screen-based simulation technologies, and virtual reality simulators. They will develop proficiency in applying different simulation techniques in a wide range of learning environments.

Fellows will develop expertise in teaching and debriefing learners at all levels of training, including emergency medicine residents, medical students, nurses, and pre-hospital care providers. They will also have opportunities to provide simulation-based training to learners in other acute care specialties, such as Trauma, Obstetrics, and Critical Care, through collaborative interdisciplinary simulation activities.

Fellows will learn the theoretical framework of simulation-based medical education. They will gain an understanding of the role of immersive learning in teamwork training, patient safety, and systems improvement.

They will also acquire an understanding of the administrative and operational aspects of leading and managing a simulation center.

Fellows have protected time to design and implement a research agenda that is individualized based on specific interests. The fellowship has excellent support from the Vanderbilt EM Research Division. The simulation and research faculty will provide close mentorship to ensure that fellows have the guidance and resources needed to complete their research project by the conclusion of their fellowship.

Fellows are expected to attend at least one national simulation conference, such as the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare. They will also have the opportunity to complete a national simulation faculty development course.

Fellows are also encouraged to participate in an international experience in Guyana, providing simulation-based education to Emergency Medicine residents at Georgetown Public Hospital. They will coordinate this with the Vanderbilt EM Division of International Health.

Specific components of the fellowship curriculum will be tailored to each individual fellow to match his or her academic interests and career goals.


Clinical Activities

Fellows will receive a Vanderbilt faculty appointment and work in the Vanderbilt emergency department as Clinical Instructors. During their scheduled clinical shifts, fellows will function as attending physicians and junior faculty members, supervising and teaching residents and medical students as well as providing clinical care to patients within the emergency department.


Application Process

We are currently accepting applications for one fellowship position for the 2018-2019 academic year. The deadline for all applications is November 1, 2017. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Applicants must be graduates of an ACGME-accredited emergency medicine residency program and be board-certified or board-eligible through the American Board of Emergency Medicine prior to the beginning of the fellowship.

To apply, please submit the following materials to the fellowship director, Charles Lei, MD:

1. Curriculum vitae
2. Letter of interest
3. Three letters of recommendations (including a letter from your residency program director)

For additional information regarding the fellowship and application process, please contact Charles Lei, MD.

Thank you for your interest in the Vanderbilt Emergency Medicine Simulation Fellowship!

Charles Lei, MD
Simulation Fellowship Director
1313 21st Avenue South 703 Oxford House
Nashville, TN 37232

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Simulation Simulation Fellowship

Matthew Swarm

Matthew Swarm, MD

Instructor of Emergency Medicine 

Dr. Swarm is an Indiana native who joined as Vanderbilt Emergency Medicine faculty in July of 2016. Dr. Swarm completed his undergraduate work at Indiana University-Bloomington with a degree in Nutrition Science. Dr. Swarm completed his medical training at the Indiana University School of Medicine including a combined Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics residency where he served as chief resident during his fifth year. Dr. Swarm splits his time between the adult and pediatric emergency departments at Vanderbilt.

Dr. Swarm’s professional interests include pediatric emergency medicine, residency leadership, curriculum development, and pediatric head/neck trauma. Outside of medicine, Dr. Swarm enjoys being outdoors, international travel, personal fitness, biking, and college athletics.

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URM Stipend (Visiting Med Students)

URM Stipend for Visiting Medical Students


Vanderbilt University’s Office of Diversity Affairs and the Department of Emergency Medicine are pleased to offer a stipend to one under-represented minority student for a visiting rotation in Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The selected student will receive a $2000 stipend to cover travel expenses, lodging, and meals.


The selected student will participate in the Advanced Clinical Experience in Emergency Medicine. This is a 4 week rotation with the following objectives:

·       Introduce initial management strategies for common life threatening emergencies, including a systematic approach to the priorities of resuscitation.

·       Develop an approach to commonly encountered undifferentiated patient complaints, including abdominal pain, altered mental status, chest pain, and shortness of breath.

·       Develop a practical skill set in: acid-base emergencies, advanced cardiac life support, basic airway management, basic life support, electrocardiogram interpretation, and electrolyte emergencies.

·       Perform focused histories and physicals to develop ranked differential diagnoses for common complaints (abdominal pain, altered mental status, chest pain, and shortness of breath) that include high morbidity and mortality conditions and guide the use of diagnostic tests.

·       Perform concise, clear patient presentations to faculty and consultant physicians.

·       Employ knowledge support tools such as evidence based diagnostic criteria, management guidelines, and point of care information resources to inform patient care.

·       Integrate into the Emergency Care Team and employ flexible communication strategies with patients, families, and all members of the Emergency Care Team (e.g. physicians, nurses, paramedics, technicians, and prehospital providers).

Students will participate in daily didactics, procedure labs, simulations, and a variety of clinical shifts.



To be eligible the student must:

·       Self-identify as an under-represented minority

·       Be committed to a career in emergency medicine

·       Have completed core clinical clerkships (Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery)


How to Apply

Interested applicants need to:

·       Complete an application in VSAS.

o  Please be aware that all institutional requirements need to be met (immunizations, etc.)

·       Complete the URM stipend application.

o  Click on the link to submit the application: http://j.mp/2mn29YX

·       Obtain one letter of recommendation from a faculty member who can attest to your interest in emergency medicine. Clerkship directors and faculty mentors are acceptable.

o  Please provide the faculty member with the following link to submit their letter of recommendation:

Submit Here


Application Deadline: April 1, 2017 at 5PM CST

Award winner will be notified no later than April 15, 2017 at 5PM CST.



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