Virtual Scholars Program

Call for Submissions:

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare Fellows Academy and Research Committee wish to announce the call for applications for the next cohort of Simulation Research Scholars. Due date is July 31.


This program is designed for members of the simulation community who have relatively little experience with research and scholarship and are seeking additional mentoring and research training in order to expand their knowledge and better contribute to the discipline through scientific inquiry.  Up to fifteen (15) applicants will be selected.  Those still in training are encouraged to apply.

What do I get for participating?

By the end of the program, participants will have developed a thorough grounding in healthcare-simulation research.  Participants will be expected to enter the program with a specific project idea in mind, and will leave the program with a methodologically sound, detailed research proposal ready for submission to the SSH Novice Grants Program (required) and other funding sources.  These proposals will also be presented in oral format at a dedicated session of IMSH 2025.

Who is directing the program?

The course will be directed by Suzie Kardong Edgren, PhD, RN, ANED, CHASE, FSSH, FAAN, Walter Eppich, PhD, FSSH and other select members of the SSH Academy and the Research Committee.  The course will feature a diverse array of simulation scholars and researchers as both instructors and mentors.

How is the program structured?

The program is one year in duration, and includes the following elements

  • In-person, focused training in simulation-based research approaches and networking opportunities conducted in parallel with IMSH 2024.
  • Matching with a mentor who will follow your progress and serve as a guide for the duration of your participation in the program.
  • Monthly, 2-hour teleconferences conducted via Zoom containing focused instruction on specific aspects of healthcare simulation research and project-related discussion time. Session topics can be viewed and registered for here. At least 80% participation / attendance in program sessions is required.
  • Oral presentation of projects during IMSH 2025.
  • Submission of the final proposal to the SSH Novice Grant Program and other funding sources.


Provision of written feedback regarding the program as well as brief 6 and 12-month follow-up reports will also be required upon completion of the program for programmatic evaluation purposes.

What are the application requirements?

Applications will contain the following elements to be considered for the program:

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • 1-page personal statement detailing your reasons for applying to the program and your overall career goals as they relate to scholarship in simulation
  •  1-page description of an idea or project within the field of simulation that you would like to develop further
  • 2 letters of support from within the applicant’s home institution. These letters must indicate that you have/will be given sufficient time to participate in the needed teleconferences and prepare the final proposal

In addition to these requirements, we also ask for inclusion of a sample of any published, submitted, or in-press first-authored, peer-reviewed research that you have written if available.  Please note, lack of such publication(s) will not count against your application, as our program is focused on novice researchers who may have yet to achieve publication.  

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF to


Final applications are due no later than July 31, 2023.  Acceptance notifications will be distributed by October 15, 2023.

What are the program requirements?

The following is expected for each individual who is accepted into the program:

  • $1250 program fee (including $50 application fee - see below)
  • Attendance at IMSH 2024 and IMSH 2025 (travel and IMSH registration fees are not included)
  • 80% attendance at monthly virtual meetings
  • Required monthly work with mentors

What do participants receive?

Those who are accepted into the program will receive:

  • Dedicated educational programs at IMSH 2024, topics include:
      • Healthcare Simulation Research concepts
      • Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods research methodologies
      • Finding funding and improving research writing
      • Conducting research and trials
    • Attendance at the Diamond Ball at IMSH 2024 and IMSH 2025
    • Required book and course materials are provided
    • CME/CEU credits (provided by SSH)
    • Dedicated interaction and input from leaders in healthcare simulation research
    • One on one mentorship from a mentor with similar interests
    • Formal recognition at IMSH

Please click the button below to pay the $50 application fee.

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We hope that you consider applying for this program.  If you have any questions, or would like further details, please contact Andrew Spain at