Simulation Fellowship

Dr. John Hoyle
John Hoyle, MD
Program Director

Welcome from the Fellowship Director

Thank you for your interest in the Simulation Fellowship at WMed. This one-year fellowship is designed for physicians who have graduated from an ACGME residency in any specialty. At our institution, simulation is a key component of medical education. In our Simulation Center, learners develop, master, and maintain a variety of skills, including clinical reasoning and decision-making, procedural, communication, teamwork, and professional skills. The fellow will receive a guided experience in medical education at all levels of training, in education technology and research, in curriculum development, and intensive exposure to simulation methodology and program administration, all within a medical school environment. 


Fellows will receive the title of Clinical Instructor. Fifty percent of their time will consist of clinical practice in their specialty at an attending level in a capacity determined by the Chief of the Department in their specialty, and 50% will be spent on fellowship-related activities as described in the curriculum plan.


Our 24,000 square foot Simulation Center at the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus is the largest regional academic simulation center in Southwest Michigan. The educational space in the Center includes a 13-bed virtual hospital with a large operating room and three debriefing rooms, a 12-room ambulatory clinic, two large control rooms, two procedure labs, two classrooms, an ultrasonography suite, and a virtual endoscopic surgery room.  We also opened a new Simulation Center at Ascension Borgess Hospital, a 4,100 square-foot facility that features a two-bed clinical room with advanced equipment and high-fidelity mannequins, a procedure room, an FLS Surgery training room, and classrooms.


The increasing complexity of medical education and the demands of students and residents require innovative solutions. Simulation expands, broadens, and standardizes the clinical experience, accelerates the learning curve, allows learners to operationalize new knowledge, and makes newly acquired knowledge and skills much more memorable. Our mission is to develop fellows and faculty physicians into experts, leaders and scholars in the field of simulation-based medical education.