Center for Medical Simulation (CMS)

100 First Avenue, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02129-2011
Phone: 617-726-3034
Fax: 617-726-3046
Email: info@harvardmedsim.org
Website: https://www.harvardmedsim.org

Clinical Training


The Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) provides one of the best patient care simulation experiences in the world. We offer three of the most highly-realistic simulation environments of their kind, and have engineered and adapted medical simulation mannequins to over 350 scenarios based on actual claims.


Many participants find their CMS training to be the single most valuable and meaningful learning experience of their careers. Many find our confidential environment to be more comfortable and accessible than simulation at their home institutions. Up to 97% of participants expect their experience at the CMS will help them perform better the next time they respond to a critical event.

Comprehensive Approach

All CMS courses address both the clinical and behavioral aspects of performance, focusing on crisis management and error prevention. Course topics include leadership, teamwork, effective communication, resource management and performance enhancement. Active learning in the CMS' real-world settings enhances participants' retention and ability to apply target skills and behaviors.


A typical day at the CMS is filled with experiences in simulated clinical situations, punctuated with debriefings supported by videotaped scenarios. These debriefings with our skilled instructors are the core of the learning experience. They encourage an open and motivational discussion of performance and error, instilling the principles of teamwork in participants’ approaches to healthcare. The CMS learning model is based on the widely-accepted Crisis Resource Management (CRM) principles.

Courses Offered:

Anesthesia Simulation Courses

More information: http://www.harvardmedsim.org/clinical-training-anesthesia.php

The CMS has conducted courses for anesthesia residents since 1994 and for all Harvard Medical School-affiliated faculty since 2001. With our endorsement by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), we offer programs for private practice and academic anesthesiologists who wish to challenge themselves and develop and practice their crisis management skills. Our Crisis Management Training for Practicing Anesthesiologists course meets the MOCA® Part IV Simulation Requirement.

Labor and Delivery Simulation Courses

More information: http://www.harvardmedsim.org/clinical-training-labor-and-delivery.php

Labor and Delivery clinicians can improve their skills in managing and debriefing routine and critical clinical events; managing difficult conversations and disclosure and apology for adverse clinical events. There is now a well publicized need to facilitate a culture of safety, creating an environment that is more open to discussion of medical errors and how team performance can mitigate such errors. By providing training, reflection and deliberate practice in these areas, the courses in Crisis Resource Management for Labor and Delivery clinicians address these needs that are not provided in any other venue. The Labor and Delivery Crisis Resource Management courses are designed for obstetrical nurses, midwives, obstetricians and anesthesiologists.

Training for Clinical Specialties

More information: http://www.harvardmedsim.org/clinical-training-surgical-teams.php

The CMS offers challenging, highly realistic simulation training for clinical specialties such as emergency medicine, EMS and transport teams, ICU, pain service, pediatrics, radiology, and surgical teams (including minimally invasive and cardiac surgical teams) that many participants call a career-altering learning experience. Courses can be developed and tailored to virtually any specialty. These can be a transformational learning experience about teamwork and the management of critical events.