Surgical Simulation and Education Research Fellowship at UTMB

LSTAR has filled the Surgical Simulation Fellowship spot for the 2021-2023 academic year cycle
and is no longer accepting applications.

Thank you, everyone, for your interest.

Alexander Perez, MD, FACS 
Alexander Perez, MD
Fellowship Director

Current Fellow

Rui-Min D. Mao, MD
Dr. Mao graduated medical school from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and is a current resident at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology at Duke University. Her research interests include curriculum development for medical and resident surgical education and simulation as a bridge to quality patient care.

The overall goal of the fellowship program is to train surgical physicians who will become leaders in surgical simulation education. 

Specific goals include: 

1. Develop and train surgical residents for successful careers as surgeon educators and educational leaders
2. Provide trainees the skills and knowledge to serve as future leaders in simulation and directors of simulation centers
3. Produce and disseminate high-impact research in the field of surgical education and simulation
4. Equip trainees with the expertise to develop and acquire funding for projects involving simulation based surgical training

Overview of Surgical Education and Simulation Research Fellowship Curriculum:

Fellows will be able to apply for the UTMB Scholars in Education Program, which is a 21- month interdisciplinary program inspiring educators to become scholars, leaders, and innovators in their fields. This structured program includes learning focused on educational research design and methodology, curriculum development and evaluation, use of technology in education, and applying different teaching methods.

Fellows will attend regular developmental meetings and seminars which include the following:

  • Weekly Surgical Education
  • Weekly Morbidity and Mortality conference
  • Weekly Department of Surgery formal research meetings 
  • Monthly Simulation Education Fellow Conference 
  • Monthly workshops via the Academy of Master Teachers and Office of Educational Development
  • Monthly Department of Surgery and Office of Educational Development journal club 
  • Weekly collaborative meetings in the Health Education Center
  • Yearly Faculty Development Day and Educational Week
  • ACS AEI Virtual Grand Rounds

Fellows will have experiential learning opportunities with the following:

  • Procedural training and assessment
  • Simulated patients for training and assessments
  • Team training and assessment
  • Feedback and debriefing
  • Teaching and assessing communication skills and professionalism
  • Teaching teachers
  • Administration
  • Assessment of teaching and evaluation

Fellow Applications Accepted from October 1st to December 31st for positions beginning the following year on July 1st.


Applicants will be required to provide the following documents: a brief one page statement of interest regarding the applicant's career goals and reasons for completing the fellowship, three letters of recommendation with at least one from the current chairman or program director at the time of application, proof of graduation from medical school, all USMLE STEP scores to date, ABSITE scores, curriculum vitae, and any documentation of medical licensure. Applicants must have completed two years of general surgery residency prior to matriculation into the fellowship. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Candidates of interest will be interviewed between December and January and notified of selection by January 31st.

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