The Institute for Medical Simulation (IMS)
Simulation Instructor Training
The Institute for Medical Simulation (IMS), evolved from research developed through a collaborative project between the Center for Medical Simulation and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology funded by a grant from the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation. The IMS offers courses for simulation leaders, educators and researchers who want to develop and maintain high-quality healthcare simulation programs within their organizations.
Established in 2004 and updated through the years, this is the Institute’s most comprehensive and immersive program. Attendees represent a wide range of experience, disciplines and specialties, but all share one common goal: to become outstanding educational leaders or directors of a current or prospective simulation program. With experiential education being the keystone of simulation, the course is a mix of theory, practice and feedback so that students develop a strong and comprehensive understanding of how to most effectively use simulation within their education programs. Widely respected, dedicated educators with years of simulation experience lead the course with one main goal in mind: Transform every IMS student to be an outstanding educator.
Our newest version of the IMS Comprehensive Workshop, this 4 day program will prepare interprofessional operating room teams to become simulation instructors. This predominantly experiential course will provide a strong foundation for the participants to understand how OR teams learn new behaviors, learn debriefing concepts, practice debriefing, and be able to develop and run OR teamwork scenarios. They will develop debriefing skills and strategies that will not only serve them well in simulation courses but enable them to apply debriefing to the real clinical environment. This course will enable the instructors to become champions for continued simulation training in their institutions and to strengthen the culture of safety in their operating rooms.
Note: This is a team workshop. You are required to come with at least three interprofessional members of an operating room team from your institution.
For simulation educators who seek to create high-quality healthcare simulation programs. This course immerses healthcare simulation instructors in a multi-method course wherein participants learn how to teach clinical, behavioral, and cognitive skills through simulation. It draws from the disciplines of aviation, healthcare, psychology, experiential learning, and organizational behavior. Participants explore simulator-based teaching methods applicable across the healthcare education spectrum, including undergraduate and graduate medical, nursing and allied health domains. The daily formats vary and include; simulation scenarios, lectures, small and large group discussions, and practical exercises with feedback. Typically these courses also offer a couple of social evenings for networking and sharing experiences.
*Offered only at a qualified facility. We would be happy to discuss with you the criteria for hosting an IMS course. Haga clic aquí para ver los cursos se imparten en español.
For graduates of an IMS Instructor Course, held either in Boston or at a host site, we offer several advanced courses designed to refresh and extend the educational and leadership repertoire of simulation educators. Since these courses are tailored to advance each individual participant's learning needs and current context, prior attendees often find value in returning from time to time to refresh and enhance their skills. The courses build camaraderie, feedback skills, and support within the IMS community of practice. The goal is to prepare leaders in simulation education for the challenges and opportunities involved in developing high-impact simulation programs.
Debriefing clinical simulation experiences is widely understood as a crucial step in clarifying and consolidating insights and lessons from simulations. The Debriefing Assessment for Simulation in Healthcare (DASH) is designed to assist in evaluating and developing faculty debriefing and instructional skills. The DASH is a widely used instrument with known psychometric properties. It is designed to be applied in a variety of healthcare disciplines and simulation settings and can be used for summative or formative evaluation. The DASH-Rater Version (DASH-RV) is not designed for novices; it is best used by highly experienced debriefers who have completed DASH Rater Training.
The DASH Rater Training Workshop is designed for experienced simulation educators interested in learning how to rigorously assess the quality of debriefing using the Debriefing Assessment for Simulation in Healthcare (DASH). DASH users are invited to participate in the (growing) worldwide DASH database that, as it matures, will provide contributors and researchers with useful data for their programs. Rater training is the first step in the process we are developing for certification of raters. We envision certified raters as part of a larger process for certifying the ability of debriefers. You must have a computer with Internet access to participate in the practice ratings.
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