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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
About Simulation Instructor Training Workshops

Can I host a course at my institution?

Yes. Simulation Instructor Training courses, which focus on the development and maintenance of high-quality healthcare simulation programs, can be conducted at your organization. Read more about our Simulation as a Teaching Tool course offerings. We would be very happy to discuss the criteria for hosting this course at your site.
For more information contact:
Gary M. Rossi, C.O.O.
(617) 726-3041

Through its Customized Services, CMS offers videoconferencing services, which may include the broadcast of a live simulation and debriefing to a team or larger audience at your organization. CMS staff are also available for speaking or other consulting services at your location. Read more about our Customized Services.

How do I find out if there is space in a course?

The availability of each Simulation Instructor course is updated on each courses' information page.

How do I sign up for a course?

To apply for a Simulation Instructor Training course held at the Center for Medical Simulation, please complete the Simulation Instructor Training Application Form. Keep in mind that several of our courses require you to submit materials in addition to the application form. See the individual course page for more information about the application requirements.

To apply for a Simulation Instructor Training course held at one of the host site locations throughout the world, please contact the person listed for that course found on the Simulation as a Teaching Tool and Advanced Debriefing Course (ADC) pages.

What is expected in the project plans portion of the application?

Participants in the Simulation Instructor Training courses are leaders and instructors of existing or planned simulation facilities at their respective facilities.

To ensure that each participant is mindful of solving an institutional problem, we require information on the nature and plans for these projects. Therefore, we ask all applicants to describe a problem or problems or research idea that they intend to address during the course and when they return home. The goal is to help participants to define the beneficiaries of solutions to these problems, to identify the necessary resources and barriers to implementation of potential solutions and to describe how evaluation can be carried out after implementation of new solutions.

These details will ensure that the participants' experiences at CMS are immediately applied.

Do you offer any scholarships or group discounts on CMS courses?

No group rates are available for Simulation Instructor Training or Clinical Training courses. Special rates may be offered to non-profit organizations that engage in Leadership and Management Training Healthcare Adventures (HCA) courses.

You may also be able to access funds through your professional association or discounts from your insurance provider.

Can I participate in your course even if my English is not very good?

While all our courses are conducted in English, the Center for Medical Simulation welcomes participants from diverse backgrounds. To gain the full benefit of your CMS course, you must be prepared to contribute fully to your simulation team. Participants who are fluent in English gain the most from our courses.

CMS Affiliate, Hospital virtual Valdecilla offers Simulation Instructor Training courses in Spanish.

How do I know if I have been accepted for a course?

You will receive a letter of acceptance when you have been accepted. Please email Paul Montgomery to inquire about your status if you have not heard from us two weeks after you submitted your completed applicaiton. If you have been placed on a waiting list, you will be informed of this and contacted if a seat opens up.

Now that I have been accepted for a course, can you hold my seat until I find out if my [dept/hospital/grant/agency] will provide the funds?

When you have applied and been accepted for a CMS course, your tuition is due upon receipt of your invoice from Rhonda Young. If you need extra time, you must contact Rhonda Young at (617) 726-3039 or ryoung@harvardmedsim.org to tell her your plan for arranging payment. If you fail to make arrangements with Rhonda Young to complete payment, nor contact Paul Montgomery during this time, your seat may be offered to another applicant.

Can I send an extra participant to a Simulation Instructor Training course on a certain date?

All courses have a limited number of participants and most classes fill up well before the application deadline. You are welcome to contact us to determine availability.

How do I pay for my course?

The Center for Medical Simulation accepts payment by credit card, wire transfer, money order or cashier’s check in US dollars. Personal checks are not accepted. You will be receiving an invoice via email from Rhonda Young. Your payment is due immediately upon receipt. If you would like to pay by credit card there is a link in your invoice that you can click on, or paste into a browser, that will take you to a page on our website where you can make your payment. If would like to make payment by any other method please contact Rhonda Young at ryoung@harvardmedsim.org.

Most problems paying by credit card are due to using an older version of the Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox browsers. Also, some organizations may block your ability to pay for services online. If you encounter problems, try updating your browser and/or paying from your home computer. If you are still having problems, please contact us at info@harvardmedsim.org.

What time should I be there and at what time will the course finish?

Typically we ask attendees to arrive at 7:30AM for their course. You will receive further information about your course as the starting date approaches.

How do I get to CMS?

You can take a taxi, the MBTA, a Partners Hospital shuttle, or drive your own vehicle to CMS. Please see our directions page for more detailed information.

Are there any hotels nearby?

There are several hotels within walking distance of CMS. Please see our Nearby Accommodations page for a list.

When should I expect my CME credits for attending?

CME credits are only available for the following Simulation Instructor Training courses:

The CRICO/RMF of the Harvard Medical Institutions process credits for physicians who have completed these courses at the Center for Medical Simulation. This takes approximately three months. You will receive a certificate in the mail when your credits have been processed.

Nurses, Midwives, and other healthcare providers will receive a "Certificate of Attendance" with credit hours that may be converted to CEs or CEUs. Massachusetts-licensed nurses can find information about converting CME to CEU at this Mass.gov site. Nurses from other states should check with their respective State Board or credentialing body for guidance on this process.

What is the copyright on the course materials? Can I use the material to train my faculty?

The Center for Medical Simulation maintains copyright on the materials distributed for its courses. Former students may share the material with employees from their own institute for training purposes if they give prominent credit to CMS as the source. Any other use, such as for training those outside the local institution or for those employed outside the local organization or for general presentation, is prohibited without express consent from CMS. If you have any questions pertaining to the use of course materials, please contact Gary M. Rossi, C.O.O. at (617) 726-3041 or grossi@harvardmedsim.org.