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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

Advanced Instructor Course in Healthcare Simulation (AIC)

formerly known as the Graduate Course

For experienced simulation instructors

4 days + online
Designed to prepare leaders in simulation-based education both to develop their own debriefing and feedback skills and to structure and enhance simulation faculty development, and strategic management of their simulation programs. Using cutting edge educational theory and practice, the course presents a conceptual framework and uses repeated micro-cycles of practice and feedback on debriefing, scenarios, and strategic challenges to accelerate skill acquisition and demonstrate methods of faculty development. The course is structured to allow participants to experience a model of peer- and mentor-led “community of inquiry.” This community allows individuals to reflect on their own and other people’s instructional and management practices in action.

The daily format varies and includes didactics, advanced debriefing practice, advanced scenario development, development of advanced self-observation and reflection skills, and peer- and mentor-led consulting on strategic challenges for your simulation program. Your learning begins before the course starts through online feedback and interaction with faculty on the course pre-work assignments.

Topics include:

  • Frameworks for structuring faculty development in simulation;
  • Advanced debriefing techniques, including debriefing the debriefer
  • Preventing and managing difficult debriefing situations;
  • Understanding and managing realism and fidelity in scenario development;
  • Using debriefing assessment to structure feedback or summative assessment;
  • Advanced conversational techniques for steering debriefings;
  • Strategic management of simulation initiatives in healthcare;
  • Advanced topics in scenario development e.g. medical error, delivering bad news, ethical problems, death of a patient, faculty development scenarios

Course Prerequisites

To be eligible for this course, participants must have previously taken either the Comprehensive Instructor Workshop (http://www.harvardmedsim.org/ims-comprehensive-workshop.php) or Simulation as a Teaching Tool (http://www.harvardmedsim.org/ims-Instructor-training.php) Workshop. Individuals who have not taken either course may apply for an exemption if they can demonstrate significant debriefing experience and expertise. Please contact Jenny Rudolph (ims-advanced-exemption@harvardmedsim.org) to request an exemption.

To be eligible for this course, participants must have previously taken either the Comprehensive Instructor Workshop or Simulation as a Teaching Tool Workshop. Individuals who have not taken either course may apply for an exemption if they can demonstrate significant debriefing experience and expertise. Please contact Jenny Rudolph to request an exemption.

Course Requirements

Our advanced instructor courses are tailored to your learning needs and current instructor challenges. These courses therefore require 2-4 hours of work from you completed over several weeks. With input from faculty and peers, you prepare and submit assignments through an online course website called the CMS eLearning site ( http://elearning.harvardmedsim.org/). Instructions for accessing the CMS eLearning site ( http://elearning.harvardmedsim.org/) are sent to participants once tuition is received.

Application Process for Advanced Instructor Courses

  1. Complete the online application form ( http://www.harvardmedsim.org/ims-registration.php);
  2. Complete the Supplemental Advanced Instructor Course Application Form ( https://harvardmedsim.org/news/advanced-instructor-course-supplemental-application-form) which asks you to provide:
    • A short biosketch including your simulation and debriefing experience
    • Your goals for the course
    • A one paragraph overview of a scenario you might like to run in the course
    • (Optional) An overview of a strategic challenge with which you would like assistance
    We recommend that you prepare your responses offline as some of the questions require a bit of self-reflection. To assist you in preparing your responses, please download and use the AIC Supplemental Application Form Preparation Worksheet (https://harvardmedsim.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/AIC_SupplementalApplicationForm_PrepWorksheet.doc), a Microsoft Word version of the form.
  3. Application is complete when both the online application form ( http://www.harvardmedsim.org/ims-registration.php) and Supplemental Advanced Instructor Course Application Form ( https://harvardmedsim.org/news/advanced-instructor-course-supplemental-application-form) responses are submitted. Admission committee reviews your materials.
  4. Admission decision sent to you within approximately two weeks of receipt of your completed application.

Tuition:

USD $5,500

Enrollment Policy:

You will be informed of acceptance to your selected course/workshop by email within two weeks of our receiving your completed application. Your tuition is due immediately upon acceptance. Once accepted you will receive another email containing an invoice with payment instructions. Please note that acceptance does not mean enrollment. Once accepted, you are placed on a wait list. You are not enrolled, and do not have a reserved seat, until we have received your full tuition.

Course seats are filled in the order we receive tuition payments. Since our courses fill quickly it is important for you to send in your tuition immediately to secure a seat. Once your tuition payment is received, you will be taken off the wait list and enrolled in your desired course/workshop provided a seat is still available. If all seats in your preferred course/workshop are filled by the time we receive your tuition payment, you will be informed that it is full and given the option to remain on the wait list in the event that a seat later become available; switch to another course at a later date with available seats or receive a refund.

Payment Information:

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.

Cancellation Policy:

If you must cancel we will refund your tuition less a $250 processing fee provided another paid candidate is able to fill your seat. Otherwise, you will forfeit half your tuition.

If you would like to switch to a course offered at a different date, we will apply your tuition towards the new course provided another paid candidate is able to fill your current seat. Otherwise, you will forfeit half your tuition. If you still want to switch to another course date we will apply half of your paid tuition and you will be billed for the remaining half. Please note that the tuition for a course offered at a later date may be higher. In that case, individuals switching to the later course date will need to pay the difference in the tuition fees.

Upcoming Advanced Instructor Course (AIC) Dates

Offered only at CMS in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Dates Notes
March 1 - June 16, 2017 online
including 4 days on-site at CMS:
May 16 - 19, 2017
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017