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Advanced Fellowship in Clinical Simulation

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) is a founding site for Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Clinical Simulation, jointly sponsored by the VA Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) and SimLEARN. VAPHS will host both a physician and an associated health professional in this one-year program. The fellowship is intended to develop simulation leaders with the vision, knowledge, and commitment to advance, implement, teach and evaluate simulation based training strategies to improve healthcare for Veterans and the Nation. Qualifications for prospective fellows can be found on OAA's web site.

Clinical Simulation

An instructor and students learn CPR techniques in the simulation lab.

The simulation program at VAPHS encompasses the full range of simulation modalities across multiple disciplines. A full complement of simulation equipment is available at VAPHS including, but not limited to, full-sized adult manikins; high fidelity virtual reality simulators, and task trainers for teaching in multiple disciplines. VAPHS works regularly with standardized patients to teach communication skills critical in a healthcare environment as well as behavioral health topics focused on topics which are a priority for Veteran health. VAPHS practices simulation-based education across the continuum of learning from student instruction to continuing education for health professionals.

Clinical Education

VAPHS hosts both graduate and undergraduate clinical trainees in multiple specialties and several other advanced fellowship programs. We have a strong collaborative relationship with the University of Pittsburgh, our academic partner including the Peter M. Wiser Institute for Simulation Education and Research (WISER), an international, simulation leader in multidisciplinary training and research facility. VAPHS is home to excellent clinical educators across many disciplines with rich and varied experience in simulation-based education.

Research Programs

An instructor performs a tracheotomy in the simulation lab.

VAPHS research programs have a record of excellence and both clinical and research faculty have a commitment to the academic process including research and publishing. There are rich opportunities for collaboration in research for any fellow who intends to pursue an academic career.

Contact Us

For more information about the Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Clinical Simulation at VAPHS, contact the co-directors.

Portrait of Drs. Brackney and Elias in the simulation lab.

Christopher R. W. Brackney, DO, FACOI
christopher.brackney@va.gov
412-360-3661

Mary Ellen Elias, MSN, RN-BC
Maryellen.elias@va.gov
412-360-6592


Contact

Christopher R. W. Brackney, DO, FACOI
412-360-3661
christopher.brackney@va.gov

Mary Ellen Elias, MSN, RN-BC
412-360-6592
maryellen.elias@va.gov

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