Virtual Scholars Program


SSH Virtual Scholars Program

Program Directors:

Aaron Calhoun, MD, FSSH
Jill Sanko, PhD, MS, APRN, CHSE-A, FSSH

Program Description:

The Virtual Scholars Program has been designed to meet the needs of novice researchers who have not yet, or have only just begun to be published.  The desire is to help the novice researchers accepted into the program to learn how to identify, design, and conduct high-quality research activities in healthcare simulation.  The program includes in-person work at IMSH 2020 and IMSH 2021, and virtual work supported by mentors throughout the year.  The desire is for the participants to have a finsihed product (research design) to be presented at IMSH 2021.

Objectives of Program:

By the end of the virutal scholars program, participants will be able to:

  • Formulate a relevant research question
  • Compare and contrast quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research methodologies
  • Identify several widely used theoretical frameworks germane to simulation research
  • Evaluate various types of simulation research (Simulation as an intervention, simulation as a means of measuring outcomes for non-simulation based interventions, etc.)
  • Assess study designs
  • Describe key methods for standardizing simulation-based interventions for research purposes
  • Demonstrate scientific writing as it pertains to simulation
  • Implement reporting guidelines for simulation-based research
  • Evaluate critical similarities and differences between single center and multicenter simulation based research
  • Describe avenues for collaborative simulation-based research
  • Promote inter-professional collaboration on simulation research

Program Structure:

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

  • Six hours of in-person, focused training in simulation-based research approaches conducted in parallel with IMSH 2020.
  • 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 GoToMeeting containing focused instruction on specific aspects of healthcare simulation research and project-related discussion time.  At least 80% participation / attendance in program sessions is required.
  • Oral presentation of projects during IMSH 2021
  • 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.

Application Timeline:

  • April/May 2019:  Applications accepted
  • May15th, 2019: Application deadline
  • August 2019: Final notification of applicant status
  • January 2020-January 2021: Program content

Applicant Responsibilities:

  • Attendance at IMSH 2020 and IMSH 2021 (IMSH and travel fees not covered by this program)
  • Completion of all activities required for the program
  • There is no application fee
  • Most program materials are provided to the participants (e.g. printed materials)

Application Submission: (May 15 deadline)

Successful applications will contain the following elements:

  • 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 the 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 May 15th, 2019.  Acceptance notifications will be distributed by September, 2019.

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