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Simulation Program
Simulation Program

Learning Institute Fellowships: Simulation

The Learning Institute Fellowship in Simulation is intended to facilitate the development of the skills and expertise necessary to use simulation both independently and collaboratively for teaching, assessment, quality improvement and research in diverse settings.

The Simulation Fellowship is designed for healthcare professionals with an interest in simulation who spend time doing clinical work. Individuals are not required to be enrolled in a graduate degree program, but are required to complete a scholarly project. The project needs to fit within the scope of expertise of at least one Learning Institute Simulation Educator, Scientist or approved Certified Simulation Instructor, who will formally agree to serve as the supervisor.  Examples of acceptable scholarly projects are an educational research study or the design, implementation or evaluation of an educational innovation, including:

    • Teaching strategy/method/model
    • Assessment tool
    • New/revised program/workshop
    • New/revised curriculum

The duration of the Fellowship is a minimum of one (1) year. Acceptance to the Learning Institute Training Experience (LITE) Program's Simulation Fellowship will be based on demonstrated interest in simulation, academic excellence, scholarship and research experience and funding.

Medical trainees must be appointed in their home department (e.g. Paediatrics, Anaesthesia, Surgery). Nurses and other health professions candidates must be appointed in the appropriate professional department.  All Fellows in this stream are required to register with the SickKids Research Institute’s Research Training Centre (RTC); however, they are not eligible for RTC funding. 

LITE Simulation Fellows are expected to spend:

    • 50 per cent or less of time on clinical or professional activities
    • 50 per cent or more on scholarly activities related to their LITE Simulation Fellowship
      • This includes both dedicated time at the Learning Institute Simulation Center, as well as, scholarly activity.
      • Time at the Learning Institute Simulation Center must include a minimum 2-4 consecutive weeks at the Simulation Center, for a total of no less than 12 weeks.

Common Curriculum

Dependent on the training experience (Elective, Certificate or Fellowship), LITE trainees may select from a variety of in-house, as well as, collaborative courses for additional structured learning. Examples are listed below:

    • Educational Research Seminar Series (mandatory for Health Professions Education LITE trainees)
    • Research Training Centre courses in statistics offered at the Research Institute at SickKids
    • Department of Paediatrics Medical Education Scholarship Rounds, Journal Club
    • Centre for Faculty Development Best Practice in Education Rounds (BPER)
    • Wilson Center Research Rounds
    • Simulation courses offered through the Learning Institute
    • Selected offerings by the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (CQUIPS)


Applications for Electives, Certificates and Fellowships should be submitted a minimum of three (3) months in advance of the start date.  Late applications may be accepted at the discretion of the LITE Program Committee.

Application Process

To initiate the application process, please complete the LITE Program of Interest Declaration form and submit it to Samantha Metler, Student Experience Coordinator.  A member of the LITE Program Committee will then contact you to discuss the formal application process.  All applications will be reviewed by the LITE Program Committee.

Contact Information

For further information regarding the the Learning Institute Fellowship in Simulation Program, please contact:

Zia Bismilla
Staff Paediatrician
Paediatric Medical Division,
The Hospital for Sick Children

Emily Louca
Education Manager
Education Resource Group,
Learning Institute,
The Hospital for Sick Children