Simulation Fellowships

The Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT) hosts fellowships for investigators conducting research in:

  • Patient Safety
  • Simulation in Healthcare
  • Translational Simulation in Healthcare
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Behavior Outcomes
    • Patient Outcomes
    • Return on Investment (RoI) Outcomes
  • Simulation-based self-study
  • Simulation-based self-debriefing
  • Integrated tutors (aka as “intelligent” tutors)
  • Precision Modeling & Simulation
  • Virtual Humans
  • Team Training
  • Screen-Based Simulation
  • Web-Enabled Simulation
  • Mixed Reality Simulators
  • Procedural Simulators
  • Simulator-Based Usability Studies
  • Pragmatic Clinical Trials
  • Education
  • Cross-Sectional Literacy

No stipend is provided by CSSALT; all applicants should be self-funded or funded by their institutions or government.

The duration of the fellowship can range from three months to two years.

If you are interested in a fellowship at CSSALT, please send your CV and cover letter to Samsun Lampotang, PhD. Researchers who are qualified and interested in working full time at CSSALT are encouraged to apply, including international visitors.

Accepted fellows can work on their own projects and/or projects ongoing at CSSALT.

Present Fellows


Gulsen Tasdelen Teker, PhD

Gulsen Tasdelen Teker, PhD
Assistant Professor
(Medical Education & Informatics)
Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Projects

Co-authored abstract:

  • Zhou Zhang, Thomas Stringer, Yichao Yu, Gulsen Tasdelen-Teker, Jonathan Wakim, Patrick Shenot, Jason Lee, Nathan Perlis, Louis Moy, William T. Johnson, Andre Bigos, Anthony DeStephens, David E. Lizdas, Samsun Lampotang: A Methodical, Pitch-Neutral Technique for Side-Fire, Systematic Prostate Biopsy. Abstract submitted November 1, 2019 to the American Urological Association May 2020 meeting, Washington, DC

Past Fellows


Dr. Zhou Zhang

Zhou Zhang, MD
Attending Doctor
(Department of Anesthesiology)
Chongqing General Hospital, Chongqing, China

Projects

  • Dr. Zhang used a prostate biopsy (PBx) simulator newly developed by CSSALT to conceive a methodical, pitch-neutral approach to side fire transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) guided PBx during his CSSALT fellowship. This side-fire TRUS PBx method was taught via the simulator to Jefferson, Toronto General and Princess Margaret urology residents and oncology fellows by Dr. Lampotang.
  • Papers submitted
    • Zhang Z, Stringer T, Yu Y, Wakim J, Shenot P, Lee J, Perlis N, Moy L, Johnson WT, Bigos A, DeStephens A, Lizdas DE, Lampotang S. A Methodical, Pitch-Neutral Technique for Side-Fire, TRUS Systematic Prostate Biopsy received by The Journal of Urology and assigned manuscript number: JU-19-1582. (Submitted 08/26/19)
  • Co-authored abstracts:
    • Lampotang S, Otto B, Lizdas D, Moy L, Wu S, Wakim J, Zhang Z, Johnson WT, Stringer T. Baseline proportions of false negatives in simulated 12-core templated transrectal ultrasound prostate biopsy. IMSH abstract, San Antonio, TX. 01/27/19 Poster, Invited.
    • Lampotang S, Stringer T, Moy L, Lizdas D, Yu W, Cooper LA, Wakim J, Zhang Z, Johnson WT, Otto B. Baseline prevalence and magnitude of spatial deviations in a simulator from the transrectal ultrasound prostate biopsy template. IMSH abstract, San Antonio, TX. 01/27/19 Poster, Invited.
    • Lampotang S, Zhang Z, Wakim J, Johnson WJ, Lizdas DE, Stringer T, Moy L, Shenot P. Multi-center data of accuracy of simulated TRUS side fire templated prostate biopsy. IMSH abstract, San Antonio, TX. 01/27/19 Poster, Invited.
    • Lampotang S, Moy L, Lizdas DE, Su L, Otto B, Johnson WT, Wu S, Wakim J, Zhang Z, Stringer T, Dennis M. Effect of real-time 3D visualization during simulation-based training on accuracy of templated, 12-core TRUS PBx: Preliminary data. IMSH abstract, San Antonio, TX. 01/27/19 Poster, Invited.
    • Liming S, Dennis M, Wakim J, Zhang Z, Otto B, Stringer T, Johnson WT, Lampotang S. Baseline accuracy of 12-sector sampling in simulated templated transrectal ultrasound prostate biopsy. IMSH abstract,San Antonio, TX. 01/27/19 Poster, Invited.
    • Lampotang S, Zhang Z, Wakim J, Johnson WJ, Lizdas DE, Stringer T, Moy L, Shenot P. Multi-center data of accuracy of simulated TRUS side fire templated prostate biopsy. IMSH abstract, San Antonio, TX. 01/28/19, Oral Presentation by Lampotang, Invited.
    • Lampotang S, Stringer T, Moy L, Yu W, Cooper LA, Wakim J, Zhang Z, Johnson TJ, Lizdas DE, Otto B. Baseline prevalence and magnitude of spatial deviations in a simulator from the transrectal ultrasound prostate biopsy template. AUA Conference, May 3-6, 2019 Chicago, IL. (Invited, Brandon Otto Presenting)
    • Lampotang S, Moy L, Lizdas DE, Otto B, Johnson WT, Wu S, Zhang Z, Wakim J, Stringer T. Baseline accuracy of 12-sector sampling in simulated templated transrectal ultrasound prostate biopsy. UF College of Medicine Research Day, Gainesville, Florida. 02/19/19 Poster, Invited.
    • Lampotang S, Otto B, Lizdas D, Moy L, Wu S, Wakim J, Zhang Z, Johnson WT, Stringer T. Baseline proportions of false negatives in simulated 12-core templated transrectal ultrasound prostate biopsy. UF College of Medicine Research Day, Gainesville, Florida. 02/19/19 Poster, Invited. (Best Poster for Quality Improvement)
    • Lampotang S, Stringer T, Moy L, Lizdas D, Yu W, Cooper LA, Wakim J, Zhang Z, Johnson WT, Otto Baseline prevalence and magnitude of spatial deviations in a simulator from the transrectal ultrasound prostate biopsy template. UF College of Medicine Research Day, Gainesville, Florida. 02/19/19 Poster, Invited.
    • Lampotang S, Moy L, Lizdas DE, Otto B, Johnson WT, Wu S, Zhang Z, Wakim J, Stringer T. Baseline accuracy of 12-sector sampling in simulated templated transrectal ultrasound prostate biopsy. UF College of Medicine Celebration of Research Day, Department of Anesthesiology, Gainesville, Florida. 03/20/19 Poster, Invited.
    • Lampotang S, Moy L, Lizdas DE, Su L, Otto B, Johnson WT, Wu S, Wakim J, Zhang Z, Stringer T, Dennis M. Effect of real-time 3D visualization during simulation-based training on accuracy of templated, 12-core TRUS PBx: Preliminary data. UF College of Medicine Celebration of Research Day, Department of Anesthesiology, Gainesville, Florida. 03/20/19 Poster, Invited.
    • Lampotang S, Zhang Z, Wakim J, Johnson WJ, Lizdas DE, Stringer T, Moy L, Shenot P. Multi-center data of accuracy of simulated TRUS side fire templated prostate biopsy. UF College of Medicine Celebration of Research Day, Department of Anesthesiology, Gainesville, Florida. 03/20/19 Poster, Invited.
    • Lampotang S, Stringer T, Moy L, Yu W, Cooper LA, Wakim J, Zhang Z, Johnson TJ, Lizdas DE, Otto B. Baseline prevalence and magnitude of spatial deviations in a simulator from the transrectal ultrasound prostate biopsy template. Patient Safety and Quality Week, UF College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida. Poster, Invited.
    • Lampotang S, Wakim J, Zhang Z, Lizdas D, Moy L, Wu S, Johnson WT, Stringer T. Baseline proportions of false negatives in simulated 12-core templated transrectal ultrasound prostate biopsy. Patient Safety and Quality Week, UF College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida. Poster, Invited.
    • Lampotang S, Wakim J, Zhang Z, Lizdas D, Moy L, Wu S, Johnson WT, Stringer T. Baseline proportions of false negatives in simulated 12-core templated transrectal ultrasound prostate biopsy. MHSRS Symposium, abstract, submitted 03/15/19.
    • Lampotang S, Zhang Z, Wakim J, Johnson WJ, Lizdas DE, Stringer T, Moy L, Shenot P. Competency-Based Simulator Training in  TRUS Side-Fire Prostate Biopsy. MHSRS Symposium, abstract, submitted 03/15/19.

Sangchun Choi

Sangchun Choi, MD, MS
Emergency Physician
Ajou University, South Korea

Projects

  • Co-authored manuscripts:
    • Song JW, Kim HH, Park EJ, Ahn JH, Yoon EH, Lampotang S, Gravenstein N, Choi SC: Preemptive ice cube cryotherapy for reducing pain from local anesthetic injections for simple lacerations – A randomized controlled trial.  Submitted to BMJ Emergency Medicine Journal
    • Choi SC, Park EJ, Oh S, Lampotang S, Cho JP: Rapid cooling induction in target temperature management by administering calcium channel blocker.  Submitted to Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management
  •  Lampotang S, Choi SC, Lizdas DE, Oh S, Gravenstein N: Development of a Central-Venous-Access Augmented Reality Simulator Prototype for Korean Military Needs. 3-yr, $204,545 Pre-proposal submitted to South Korean Defense Agency of Technology and Quality (DTaQ)
  • Co-authored a needs assessment document for a chest tube insertion simulator
  • Designing and validating an organophosphate poisoning scenario

Baris Sezer

Baris Sezer, PhD
Research Assistant-Educator
(Medical Education & Informatics)
Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Projects

  • Designed an ‘Electronic Performance Support System for Medical Students’ for Basic Life Support
  • Visited the UF Virtual Experiences Research Group (VERG) on multiple occasions to learn about Virtual Humans and Virtual People Factory (VPF)
  • Visited the Anaclerio Learning Assessment Center on multiple occasions and met with its director, Dr. Maria Velazquez, to understand how standardized patients are used at the University of Florida
  • Performed an extensive literature search and literature review of standardized patients and virtual humans
  • Worked on ‘Virtual Humans’ and co-authored a draft of a literature review ‘Embedded Simulated Persons and Virtual Humans in Healthcare Education and Training’
  • Created a ‘Web-Based 3D Virtual Patient Scenario for Communication Skills Practice’ using Virtual People Factory where the natural language interaction is in Turkish
  • Actively contributed, collected data and performed comparative and descriptive statistics using SPSS for the study ‘Visual-Spatial and Psychomotor Skills for Ultrasonography: Evaluation of a Simulator’
  • Co-wrote first draft of an IRB application for a skin preparation study to compare circles vs back and forth
  • Performed power analysis (SPSS) on preliminary data for a clinical study “Evaluation of a new use of an FDA-approved, non-invasive medical device to detect deliberate artifact and provide patient-in-the-loop monitoring

Tufan Asli Sezer
Tufan Asli Sezer, MsN, PhD Student
Research Assistant
(Pediatric Nursing)
Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey

Projects

  • Visited the Anaclerio Learning Assessment Center on multiple occasions and met with its director, Dr. Maria Velazquez, to learn and understand how standardized patients are used at the University of Florida
  • Visited the UF Virtual Experiences Research Group (VERG) on multiple occasions to learn about Virtual Humans and Virtual People Factory (VPF)
  • Performed an extensive literature search and literature review of standardized patients and virtual humans
  • Worked on ‘Virtual Human and Standardized Patient’ and co-authored a draft of a literature review ‘Embedded Simulated Persons and Virtual Humans in Healthcare Education and Training’.
  • Actively contributed, collected data, did data entry (medical students, dental students, nursing students) and performed comparative and descriptive statistics using SPSS for the study ‘Visual-Spatial and Psychomotor Skills for Ultrasonography: Evaluation of a Simulator’
  • Co-wrote first draft of an IRB application for a skin preparation study to compare circles vs back and forth scrubbing pattern and conducted an extensive literature search and review on the topic
  • Performed power analysis on preliminary data for a clinical study “Evaluation of a new use of an FDA-approved, non-invasive medical device to detect deliberate artifact and provide patient-in-the-loop monitoring