Disaster Medicine Simulation Training

Fellowship Rotation

Location: STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Duration: Two Weeks

Weekly time commitments: Five days, 8am to 5pm, Monday-Friday.


During his or her time at STRATUS, the fellow will be both an active learner and a part of the STRATUS team. We hope that through this method of immersive learning, he or she will gain a deep understanding of the potential role of simulation in disaster medicine training and education. We expect that the skills learned at STRATUS will be applicable to many other areas in the fellow’s clinical and educational career going forward. We also hope that a connection with STRATUS faculty will be formed to allow potential future collaboration and foster a career-long interest for the fellow in medical simulation.

Goals of the rotation

This curriculum is designed for BIDMC Disaster Medicine Fellows who have an interest in providing training and education using Disaster Medicine simulation, and will be available to all fellows in the program. Through a combination of structured teaching, independent reading, mentored practice and experiential learning, the fellow will gain a detailed understanding of the design and implementation of educational programs using simulation. During the rotation, fellows will design a simulation-based experience on a topic of their choosing. Disaster Medicine Fellows are encouraged to choose a topic closely related to their research project.

Two Key Components

Structured Teaching

Over the course of the two-week rotation, fellows will receive didactic instruction from STRATUS faculty members on core topics in medical simulation. In addition to didactic teaching, faculty will provide readings and examples of how each of these topics relates to disaster medicine. These topics will include, amongst others:

  • Adult Learning Theory
  • Clinical Scenario Design
  • Debriefing Simulation Experiences
  • Assessment of Learners
  • Research in Medical Simulation
  • Team Training for Improved Teamwork and Communication

Immersive Experience

  • Fellows will be immersed into the operations of STRATUS and work closely with simulation faculty and staff in order to obtain exposure to the many facets of medical simulation.
  • Fellows will attend and observe ongoing STRATUS programs, with the opportunity to ask faculty/staff questions
  • At the end of the second week of the elective, it is expected that each fellow will fully develop and present a simulation-based disaster medicine scenario using the knowledge attained during their time at STRATUS and with the mentorship of our faculty. This will include identifying a need for training, writing goals and learning outcomes, designing a simulation scenario, running and debriefing the case.


On completion of the elective, STRATUS faculty will submit written evaluations on the fellow’s performance. The fellow will also provide feedback on their experience during the elective so that we may ensure continued quality improvement. The fellow will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the rotation