International Fellowship in Clinical Simulation

The goal of the STRATUS International Fellowship in Clinical Simulation is to prepare healthcare professionals from outside of the U.S. to become experienced simulation educators and leaders in their own local healthcare systems. Fellows will be equipped to share their expanded knowledge of clinical simulation with their colleagues to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare delivery within their healthcare organization.

Fellowships take place in Boston, Massachusetts at the STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation, accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Clinicians practice simulation procedure during International Fellowship.

What Do the Fellows Learn?

The International Fellowship in Clinical Simulation has a broad focus that allows our International Fellows to gain an understanding of the various components of simulation and medical education, while also providing individualized teaching and mentorship to meet the specific needs and goals of each learner.  Below is a list of core topics that are covered in our 12-month fellowship program:

  • Adult learning theory 
  • Curriculum development 
  • Debriefing in simulation education
  • Simulation Modalities
  • Technical skills training
  • Business models for simulation centers
  • Simulation center design
  • Center operations and administration
  • Research in simulation

What Do the Fellows Do?

Our Fellows become integral members of the STRATUS team and are encouraged to participate in as many activities as possible at our Center as their time allows. Fellows attend our core didactics sessions and journal clubs, and Fellows enrolled in our longer programs will also complete a guided research-based capstone project. Additional opportunities may include:

  • Participating in our Center’s curriculum review process
  • Observing and assisting in courses with instructors and educators
  • Working alongside our Operations Team
  • Building models/simulators
  • Designing courses of your own
  • Acquiring debriefing skills

During the International Fellowship in Clinical Simulation, Fellows have access to an unmatched breadth and quality of educational opportunities available in Boston, including at Harvard Medical School for the 12-month program.

International fellows in clinical simulation receive certificates at graduation
Fellows receive a certificate at their graduation.

Who Should Apply?

The International Fellowship in Clinical Simulation is intended for health professionals, including Physicians, Nurses, and Allied Health Professionals, from outside of the U.S.

Fellowship Details

Duration: 3, 6, or 12 months. Custom courses of shorter duration may also be available.
Matriculation Dates: September 1 or March 1
Onboarding Timeline: All application materials, including J1 visa requests, must be submitted to our offices 6-9 months prior to your desired matriculation date.
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Please note: This is not a patient-facing fellowship. Fellows will not have direct contact with patients in the clinical setting.


This program is tuition-based. Fellows are responsible for obtaining their own funding. Most of our fellows have the program paid for by their institution or government as an investment in the future of simulation in their healthcare system. Unfortunately, we do not have scholarships available to support this training.

Meet the Program Director

Kathleen Wittels, MD


How to Apply

Applications for the program will be accepted on a rolling basis and can be submitted online. The application requires the following materials:

  • CV
  • 3 Letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources
  • Cover letter describing your motivations for wanting to become an International Fellow
  • Transcripts from medical school, residency, nursing, or allied health professional programs or equivalent

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International Fellowship Inquiry

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