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Paediatric Emergency Medicine
Paediatric Emergency Medicine

PEM Simulation Fellowship

The Paediatric Emergency Medicine Simulation Fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto is an innovative one-year program designed to train future leaders in the emerging field of medical simulation.

Goals for Learning Institute Simulation Fellows

  • Knowledge of development of a simulation centre, including needs assessment, development of vision and mission, development of policies and procedures.
  • Learning theory and application to simulation, including knowledge, technical and behavioural skills.
  • Knowledge of types of simulation including but not limited to:
    • High fidelity simulation
    • Procedural task training
    • Standardized patients
    • Computer based training and 
    • Virtual reality simulation
  • Knowledge and skill to select, use and maintain simulation equipment.
  • Development of simulation scenarios and courses, including setting learning objectives and simulation curriculum development.
  • Able to obtain consent and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to run simulation scenarios.
  • Ability to debrief simulation scenarios.
  • Assessment of learners, evaluation of sessions and overall program.
  • Scholarship in simulation – participation in research projects, attendance at simulation meetings/conferences.

Fellows Responsibilities

  • Fellows will be expected to facilitate and debrief simulation cases (resuscitation, task training) for divisional and extra-divisional simulation programs.
  • Twice monthly journal club - fellows participate or lead an interactive discussion of pivotal and cutting edge simulation literature.
  • Scholarly work - fellows will prepare scholarly work suitable for submission and peer review to a scholarly publication. Options include: journal reviews, textbook chapters and online references.
  • Fellows contribute to the Simulation Program administration. Options include: curriculum development, rounds development or administration (e.g. Journal Club) or education programs (Junior Mock Code Program).
  • Courses - fellows are expected to attend a facilitation & debriefing course either internally or internationally (optional).
  • Clinical - faculty shifts in the ED at SickKids (approximately 8 shifts/month).

Distinctly SickKids

  • Premier, free-standing, level-one trauma and tertiary-care paediatric hospital.
  • Busy, inner-city referral Emergency Department.
  • Formally trained faculty in EM, PEM and POCUS.
  • Dedicated divisional research faculty and research assistants.


  • Successful completion of a PEM fellowship and PEM Board Eligible in Canada or the United States.
  • Hold or be eligible for a certificate of registration to practice medicine in Ontario as issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Application Process

  • Applications: online application and interviews completed September 15, 2016 for July 1, 2017 start.
  • Up to two positions will be awarded on a competitive basis annually.
  • Further details and compensation available upon request.


Jonathan Pirie, MD, MEd, FRCPC,  FAAP (PEM)
Fellowship Director & Lead PEM Simulation Program
Emergency Physician, Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine
Email: jonathan.pirie@sickkids.ca

Caseita Dewar
Administrative Assistant
Division of Emergency Medicine
Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 201486
Email: caseita.dewar@sickkids.ca

Mailing Address:

The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1X8