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VA Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Clinical Simulation

The VA Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Clinical Simulation (IAFCS) is dedicated to developing leaders with vision, knowledge and commitment to implement, teach, evaluate and advance simulation-based training strategies to improve health care for Veterans and the Nation.

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Fellowships Completed

in the Past Five Years


8 +

Health Care Specialties

Represented by IAFCS Graduates


40 %

of Graduates

in the Past Three Years Have Worked for VA

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Simulation Programming Sites

SimLEARN's Florida location, the National SimVET Center (NSC), serves as the hub for national VA clinical simulation activities, supporting simulation-based programming throughout VA. At any given time, the IAFCS is co-located at up to six active sites across the country with the NSC acting as the coordinating center. This program capitalizes on the conviction that health care delivery is a team endeavor. As such, each fellowship is designed to be fundamentally interprofessional. From physicians, nurses and pharmacists to social workers, dentists and chaplains, a vast array of health care professionals advanced their work through this program.

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Minneapolis VA Medical Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Durham VA Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina

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VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital
Tampa, Florida
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Charlotte Pham, DO, Durham, NC IAFCS Fellow 2020-2021

Currently: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist, Wilmington VA Clinic (Wilmington, NC)

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Joseph Nadler, MD, Tampa, FL IAFCS Fellow 2021-2022

Currently: Internal Medicine Staff Physician, VA Palo Alto Healthcare

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Nicole H. Armitage, PhD, WHNP-BC, Dayton, OH IAFCS Fellow 2020-2021

Currently: Women Veterans Program Manager, Dayton VA Medical Center (Dayton, OH)

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Mary Sturgeon, DMD, RDH, CHSE, San Francisco, CA IAFCS Fellow 2018-2020

Currently: National Simulation Consultant for Dentistry and National Clinical Faculty, SimLEARN

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Arshia Ashjaei, DDS, Pittsburgh, PA IAFCS Fellow 2020-2022

Currently: General Dentist, University Dental Health Services at University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Faculty Practice

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Core Curriculum & Program Domains

The IAFCS coordinating center directs and implements the overall strategy for developing core domains during the year-long fellowship experience by:

  • Overseeing the development of an overall foundational national curriculum with contributions from the local sites.
  • Ensuring both national and local curricula, including fellow assessments, align with the core domains.
  • Scheduling periodic check-ins with fellows to discuss activities at local fellowship sites.
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Information for Applicants

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Let's Connect!
Email us with any questions or inquiries. We would be happy to answer your questions.

For further information about each local site, please contact the co-directors of each site. For program information about the National Coordinating Center, please contact Dr. Nelson Wong at or Dr. Laura Kim at