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Simulation and Teaching Fellowship

Matthew Sarsfield MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Matthew Sarsfield MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Fellowship Director

Contact: Denise Dexter, Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 315-464-6223
Email: dexterd@upstate.edu


The Simulation and Teaching Fellowship will prepare Residency-Trained Emergency Medicine physicians to become leaders in Emergency Medicine education. Our program focuses on preparing fellows to enter academic emergency medicine, uniquely designed for positions such as residency program directors, clerkship directors, educational dean and simulation directors. Our fellows educate a wide range of learners and are involved directly with ACGME-accredited and LCME-accredited programs. The fellowship is 1 year in duration. Fellows work with directors to teach, write objectives, design curriculum, and develop simulations for residents and medical students studying Emergency Medicine.


The Simulation and Teaching fellow will be responsible for working 625 hours in the emergency department. Clinical hours include a variety of work as an attending physician at SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospital, a level 1 trauma center with greater than 60,000 annual emergency department visits and working at Upstate Community Hospital which cares for approximately 30,000 patients, annually.


The Simulation and Teaching fellow will design and complete a research project leading to a manuscript submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.


The Simulation and Teaching Fellow will do the following:

  • Meet weekly with the director to:
    • Discuss and analyze educational/simulation journal articles. (Articles are initially chosen by the director with the fellow choosing articles of interest in the second half of the fellowship).
    • Review the simulations that have been prepared by the TLLT and Administration residents.
    • Review progress in the Fellowship (Educational experience, Research project progress, etc.)
  • Give at least five didactic lectures to the 33 Emergency Medicine residents.
  • Coordinate and run the required Year Specific Simulation Curriculum for the EM residents.
  • Teach the EM Clerkship Simulation Sessions.
  • Teach within the EM Acting Internship.
  • Meet and teach students at the bedside in the emergency department.
  • Attending the following academic committee meetings
    • SUNY Upstate Medical University Phase 2
    • SUNY Upstate Medical University Clinical Skills
    • Emergency Medicine Residency Program Evaluation Committee
    • Emergency Medicine Clerkship Faculty Committee

Admission Requirements

  • Current CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement/Letter of Interest
  • Graduate of Emergency Medicine Residency in the United States
  • NYS medical license


To initiate the application process, please send a current CV and a letter of interest to dexterd@upstate.edu or send by mail to:

SUNY Upstate Medical University
Department of Emergency Medicine
Simulation and Teaching Fellowship
Attn: Denise Dexter, Coordinator
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210