Emergency Medicine Simulation Fellowship


The Stanford Emergency Medicine Simulation Fellowship is a one-year program designed to allow fellows to develop the skills necessary to be leaders in Emergency Medicine Simulation.

Program Description

Fellows will be key faculty for ongoing faculty development, EM resident, and medical student simulation courses. They will become adept at identifying the learning needs of numerous audiences, writing/implementing/evaluating cases, and debriefing all levels of learners. Fellows will participate in leading team training sessions with surgeons, Ob/Gyn residents, nurses, etc. They will help run large-scale disaster simulations as well as in-situ simulations that occur within the Emergency Department. There are opportunities to teach pediatric simulation, EM-MOC (our maintenance of certification course for practicing EM physicians that has been approved by the American Board of Emergency Medicine), wilderness simulations and high school simulation courses. Fellows are encouraged to create a course for an audience of their choice. They will coach our SimWars teams to be able to excel in national and regional competitions. Additionally fellows will be encouraged to take advantage of the numerous simulation opportunities that take place annually at Stanford. These include national CME courses, University courses, interdisciplinary simulations, and more. 

Our fellows are integrated into the state-of-the-art Center for Simulated and Immersive Learning (CISL) center, and have access to their Medical Education and Simulation journal series. In addition, fellows will have ample access to faculty development courses, including the CISL Simulation instructor courses, the Stanford Honors College (teaching seminar series specifically for interdisciplinary fellow learners), and other courses at the fellow’s discretion. A Fellow development fund will cover the cost of courses, presentations and/or national memberships.

Application Process

Please contact Dr. Schertzer directly. The program is limited to one fellow per year. Graduation from an accredited U.S. Emergency Medicine residency program is required.

Clinical Activities

The Simulation Fellow’s salary is covered by working in the Stanford Emergency Department with a Stanford University appointment as a Clinical Instructor; providing attending physician care in Stanford’s Emergency Department (ED). Stanford Hospital is part of a world renowned medical center and home to a Level I trauma center with aero-medical transport. Additionally, fellows will provide attending physician coverage in the Stanford/Lucile Packard Pediatric ED which is contiguous with the adult ED. The diverse, high acuity patient populations at Stanford and Lucile Packard challenge fellows to continue mastering their clinical skills. The expected work obligation is 16 to 20 hours per week in the ED.

Educational Activities

Participation in residency and departmental activities is required which offers the fellow the opportunity to improve their academic, teaching, and presenting skills. This involvement includes resident and medical student education; both within the Stanford Emergency Department and at core lectures, as well as faculty development activities offered by the University and the ED faculty. Fellows lecture regularly on simulation-related topics at the Stanford-Kaiser Emergency Medicine residency program conferences; and may be invited to present at other meetings both locally and at a national level. Fellows are encouraged to attend the Society for Simulation in Healthcare annual international meeting. Additionally, fellows are expected to participate in the monthly Stanford University simulation journal club.

Research Activities

The Simulation Fellow has protected time to develop and execute a research agenda that is based on individual interests. The Co-Directors of the Simulation Fellowship, Drs. Harter and Smith-Coggins, have years of experience in teaching, simulation research and resident direction and will closely mentor the fellow. There is an expectation that the fellow will have a publishable manuscript by the end of the fellowship.  

Contact Us

For more information regarding the fellowship, please contact:

Kimberly Schertzer, MD, FACEP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, Simulation Fellowship
E-Mail: Kimberly Schertzer

Rebecca Smith-Coggins, MD, FACEP
Clinical Professor (Teaching)
Associate Dean for Medical Student Life Advising
Director, Simulation Fellowship
E-Mail: Rebecca Smith-Coggins

Department of Emergency Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
Suite 350, 900 Welch Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94304
t: (650) 498-5220
f: (650) 723-0121

Mission Statement

Our vision is to be at the forefront of emergency medical care by actively engaging our patients, community and healthcare system, while fostering a vibrant and balanced environment for our faculty and learners.

Our success is driven by the finest clinicians, researchers, and educators and their pursuit of state-of-the-art clinical care, transformative research, dynamic education, and compassionate service to our communities, at home and abroad.