Overview and Mission

The UF Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation is a world-class facility with expertise in educational theory; simulation-based training; human factors and communication; assessment and evaluation; and research. Our fellowship provides an emphasis on measurement and research, with the goal of developing leaders capable of advancing the field of simulation. At the end of the fellowship, fellows will have a portfolio reflecting training, assessment, and scholarship activities.

Curricular Components

  • General educational principles:
  • Adult learning theory
  • Curriculum and educational session design, implementation and assessment
  • Learner assessment, feedback, and evaluation
  • Program development, implementation and evaluation
  • Educational research methodology
  • Incorporation of simulation into quality improvement
  • In situ simulation
  • Human factors and team skills
  • Simulation administration
  • Evaluation of simulation technology

Fellow Opportunities and Responsibilities


  • Varies depending upon specialty and discipline


  • Design, develop, pilot, implement, and assess one educational program
  • Participate in trainee simulations relevant to the fellow’s specialty
  • Prepare to obtain certification as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
  • Complete UF College of Education Program Evaluations in Educational Environments master’s program
  • Attend the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare annually


  • Complete one original research project, including submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

  • Participate in clinical meetings and reviews
  • Develop simulations to address key clinical needs
  • Work with faculty to implement simulation-based training for new clinical processes

Duration of training program

  • Fellowship term will be for 24 months, beginning on July 1 of the academic year
  • Fellows will complete UF College of Education Program Evaluations in Educational Environments master’s program
  • 1 year fellowships will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Application process

All physician applicants must be board-eligible or board certified graduates of an ACGME-accredited residency and must obtain/maintain a Florida medical license. Non-physician healthcare practitioners must meet licensing requirements for employment within the UF Shands healthcare system.


Inquiries and questions can be directed to CELSFellowship@lists.ufl.edu:

Rosemarie Fernandez
Department: Department of Emergency Medicine

Rosemarie Fernandez M.D.

Clinical Professor; Executive Vice Chair Of Academic Affairs And Faculty Development
Phone: (352) 294-8170

Previous Fellows


Nicholas Laconi

Nicholas Laconi MD, MS

General Surgery Resident