Medical Education and Simulation Fellowship

The Emergency Medicine Medical Education and Simulation Fellowship at Ronald Reagan UCLA | Olive View-UCLA Medical Center is a 2 year advanced training program designed to prepare Emergency Medicine residency-trained graduates for future careers as outstanding clinical educators and leaders in the field. This program provides a strong foundation for a successful career in academic Emergency Medicine, with a specific focus on preparing fellows to become Assistant and Associate Program Directors or Medical Student Clerkship Directors. A wealth of opportunities and strong mentorship, coupled with experiences in both graduate and undergraduate medical education underlie the fellowship. In addition, simulation and faculty development are highly emphasized components of the curriculum. Notably, the fellow will have a faculty appointment at UCLA as a Clinical Instructor.


Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (RRMC) is located at the southern end of the beautiful UCLA campus in Westwood. It is a state-of-the-art 520 bed academic medical center that offers a full range of medical and surgical services from primary to sub-specialty care. The one million-plus square foot, 10-story structure encompasses the operations of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and the Mattel Children's Hospital.

The Medical Center is one component of UCLA's Center for the Health Sciences, which includes the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and Public Health; the Jules Stein Eye Institute; the Clarence E. Reed Neurological Research Center; the Brain Research Institute; the Biomedical Cyclotron; the Jerry Lewis Neuromuscular Research Center; and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

US News and World report has ranked RRMC as the number one hospital in the West and a top 5 hospital in the United States for over twenty years.

The 41-bed Emergency Department treats 52,000 patients per year, and serves as a Level 1 Trauma center, as well as Stroke, STEMI, and Pediatric Critical Care center.

Olive View-UCLA Medical Center

TOlive View Medical Center is a public safety net, county hospital serving the two million residents living in the San Fernando Valley, located at the northern section of Los Angeles County. Olive View-UCLA is a major teaching affiliate of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, with medical students, residents, and fellows spending a significant portion of their training at OV-UCLA. Residents of the UCLA Emergency Medicine residency program spend 50% of their training at OV-UCLA.

The hospital has 377 beds, while the 25,000 square foot Emergency Department, which was built in 2011, has 51 beds. The ED census is roughly 60,000 patients per year. The majority of patients are working poor, uninsured, immigrants, and/or primarily Spanish-speaking.

The Emergency Department faculty at OV-UCLA is nationally known in research and education. Several federally funded research projects are based there, including the CDC's EmergeNet ID surveillance network, as well as a recent multi-center study evaluating non-operative management of appendicitis. Collectively, the OV-UCLA EM faculty produces over 50 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and abstracts per year. In addition, several faculty members regularly lecture at national conferences including ACEP and SAEM. Faculty members are also rated among the highest in medical student and resident evaluations. Recently, two of the OV-UCLA EM faculty are recent recipients of the UCLA DGSOM Award for Excellence in Education.


Educational Objectives

Our Medical Education and Simulation Fellowship is particularly designed to help craft future innovative educators and leaders in the field of Medical Education. The fellowship prioritizes training and experiences that will help our fellows become:

  • Leaders in Graduate and Residency Medical Education: The fellow will learn the roles of an Assistant Program Director under the mentorship of the Program Director and Associate Program Directors. The fellow will also have leadership opportunities in medical student development and with the DGSOM Acute Care College, working closely with the Clerkship Director.
  • Facile and Experienced with Residency Program Administration: The fellow will participate in administrative aspects of the residency program (education committee meetings, residency candidate selection, program evaluation, Graduate Medical Education activities, ACGME guideline compliance, ABEM preparation), and the Medical Student Clerkship (AAMC, ERAS, SLOE writing).
  • Experts in Procedural Training and Simulation: The fellow will help craft and lead medical simulation and procedural training sessions for both the residents and medical students.
  • Masters at Curriculum Design and Implementation: The fellow will assist the PDs and CD with design and innovation in the residency and clerkship curricula with a particular emphasis on simulation, integration of social media, and novel methods to increase resident interaction and knowledge retention.
  • Proficient at Learner Assessment and Feedback: The fellow will work with the PDs and CD to improve ongoing assessment and feedback to all trainees.


  • The fellow participates in abundant teaching of residents, medical students, nurse practitioners, paramedics, and faculty both on-shift and in didactics.
  • The fellow is also scheduled for regular teaching shifts during their training.
  • Fellows will also have the option of pursuing a 2-year fellowship with a Masters in Academic Medicine degree included.
  • Fellows receive a faculty appointment and are eligible for full time benefits as faculty.
  • Fellows work approximately 16-20 hrs/week clinically at our training sites (about 8-10 shifts per month).

Professional Development

  • ACEP Teaching Fellowship
  • CORD Navigating the Academic Waters (NAW) for Future APDs or Clerkship Director (CDEM)
  • CORD Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC)
  • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Faculty Fellowship in Medical Education
  • Academic Life in Emergency Medicine Fellowship Incubator (ALiEM FIncubator)
  • Opportunity to attending CORD, ACEP, SAEM and/or The Learning Course.
  • The fellow meets regularly with our Fellowship Directors for faculty development, to review career goals and identify opportunities for career advancement and growth.
  • Opportunity for a 2 year fellowship option including a Masters in Academic Medicine degree.


Fellows have the opportunity to serve on the program’s clinical competency committee, assist the PD and APDs on residency administration and curriculum development, and assist the clerkship director on medical student teaching and course administration.


Fellows are expected to complete a project of publishable quality in one of the following areas:

  • Programmatic Evaluation
  • Curricular Design and Innovation
  • Educational Research


  • Fellows work 8-10 shifts per month at UCLA sites, including RRMC, OV and AVH.
  • Additional clinical work for additional income may be possible by request.

Program Faculty and Staff

  • Rebecca Bavolek, MD: Fellowship Director
  • Steven Lai, MD: Fellowship Co-Director
  • Natasha Wheaton, MD: Fellowship Co-Director
  • Amir Rouhani, MD: Medical Education Faculty
  • Andy Grock, MD: Medical Education Director
  • Gabrielle Stolwyk: Fellowship Coordinator

Stipends and Benefits

  • Full time UCLA employee with health and retirement benefits
  • Annual salary of $100,000
  • $2,000 CME allowance
  • Four weeks of vacation

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must have graduated from a 4-year ACGME accredited Emergency Medicine Residency training program or a 3-year program with at least on year of post-residency clinical experience or fellowship.
  • California medical license.
  • Letters of recommendation from 3 references, including current or prior Program Director.

To Apply

Interested applicants should send Curriculum Vitae to:

Rebecca Bavolek, MD
Fellowship Director

Steven Lai, MD
Fellowship Co-Director






Interviews will be granted to qualified applicants by invitation.

Current Fellows

Adam Evans, MD 2018-2019

Fellowship Alumni

Steven Lai, MD (2016-2017)