Expanding the Fellowship Program

Back in 2016, Jump Simulation, a part of OSF Innovation and a collaboration with the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria (UICOMP) launched a two-year Fellowship in Simulation and Salvador Fernandez & Emmy DressenEducation. The program invites graduates of residency training programs certified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to apply.

Participants learn the importance of simulation in medical education, how to use simulation to effect change and what it takes to operate, budget and manage a large scale simulation center. They also must pursue a Masters in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC).

Our first graduate of the Fellowship program, Greg Podolej, MD, is now the Associate Simulation Fellowship Director at Jump and is also the Director of Simulation for the Department of Emergency Medicine at UICOMP. Another candidate is about to graduate this year from a one-year version of this program that does not include receiving a masters from UIC.   

The Fellowship has gone on to get certified by the American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institute. Its success has led us to expand the program to include Simulation Research and Innovation Research Fellows that support investigation and discovery through mentored activity and individual discovery efforts. Both of these programs kick off this summer.

Training in Simulation and Innovation Research 

Unlike our two-year Simulation and Education Fellowship, the candidates for the Simulation Research and Innovation Research programs don’t have to be residents. In fact, the students accepted to this year’s programs include one who was just accepted into medical school, one who just graduated from medical school and one who is an industrial engineer.

Over a year, these individuals will help us take on various research projects that are underway throughout OSF Innovation, much like an internship. However, participants will also be taking courses to learn about professionalism in health care, innovation and leadership competencies, team building, human-centered design, clinical immersion, return on investment and how to turn innovative ideas into commercialized products.

Our four candidates will gain experience in an immersive, collaborative work environment where they will learn to be flexible, adaptive and creative as they complete assigned projects.
  • Haroon Ali (Resident at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois) is taking part in the one-year version of the Fellowship in Simulation and Education where he will learn how to create a simulation, manage the simulation itself, manage difficult conversations, run the facilitation and debrief and measure impact.
  • Salvador Fernandez (University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford) will help Dr. Chris Zallek, a neurologist with OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute, study the application of building simulation curriculum modules around spasticity and strength exam task trainers he developed.
  • Emmy Dressen (South Dakota School of Mines & Technology graduate), an industrial engineer, is working with Dr. John Vozenilek to build an Innovation Business Model that could potentially teach others how to build innovation and leadership competencies within their organizations.
  • Nicholas Xie (University of Illinois Chicago) is collaborating with Dr. Matthew Bramlet, Director of Jump Advanced Imaging and Modeling, on software development around quality control for anatomy segmentation.
Fellows are required to present their research and contribute to scholarly efforts such as research protocol formation and research reports and publication. They will leave the program earning a Fellowship certificate.

Importance of a Jump Research Fellow

Jump Research Fellows make a significant impact on the work done at Jump. By bringing in fresh perspectives, diverse skillsets and creative thinking, Research Fellows help us move some of our most important projects forward.

Although the research Fellowship process is relatively brief, the quality and creativity of the work done can have lasting impact for the OSF HealthCare organization and the communities it serves.
Categories: American College of Surgeons (ACS), Education, Education, Innovation, OSF Innovation, Research, Simulation