Updated Comprehensive Simulation Instructor Workshop Launches This Week at CMS

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This week, CMS launches the latest version of its world renowned Comprehensive Simulation Instructor Workshop, redesigned over the past year in a collaboration between all CMS faculty under the supervision of Demian Szyld, MD, EdM, and Mary Fey, RN, PhD.

To sign up for the CMS Comprehensive Instructor Workshop, click here.


Mary Fey debriefs a group activity at the Comprehensive Instructor Workshop.

Demian and Mary are, respectively, the Senior Director and Associate Director of the Institute for Medical Simulation, CMS’ simulation educator training program. This update arrives as  Demian and Mary are about to celebrate their first full year here at CMS.


Mary Fey, Jenny Rudolph, and Demian Szyld sightseeing at our London Instructor Workshop.

The latest version carries on the most effective components of the week-long in-person course held at CMS in Boston, while adding an optional six weeks of spaced learning opportunities for participants through the newly designed CMS Virtual Campus. This six week period of continued support, reinforcement, and individual attention from our faculty will allow learners to continue to practice their debriefing and simulation design skills in a structured way.

To learn more about the Comprehensive Instructor Workshop and apply, click here.


Dan Raemer leads a breakout session exploring sim technology.

The in-person portion of the Comprehensive Workshop is an intensive week of activities combining didactic and experiential learning with practice and feedback. Participants design, run, and debrief their own scenarios, and gain tools to increase the effectiveness of debriefings as well as assessing their quality. Learners practice a variety of topics including, but not limited to: Operating a simulation program educationally, logistically, and politically; creating a challenging but safe learning environment; teaching clinical thinking; teaching teamwork and crisis resource management; developing debriefing skills; avoiding simulation pitfalls and ineffective debriefing; and advancing the use of simulation within an institution. Participants who complete the in-person portion of the Workshop are eligible for over 40 continuing medical education (CME) credits.


Director of Sim Operations Tony Dancel helps learners set up their self-designed simulation.

In the new spaced learning portion, participants will have the opportunity to practice and reinforce new debriefing techniques they have learned during the in-person course. They can run simulated debriefings in real time with their peers remotely, and receive feedback from CMS faculty. They will also be able to submit questions and challenges from their simulation programs and debriefings to an interprofessional community of experts and receive meaningful, actionable help in response, while also contributing to the community from their own pools of expertise.


To apply to for a seat in CMS’ Comprehensive Instructor Workshop, click here.

For specific questions about the workshop, you can email admin@harvardmedsim.org, or use the “Contact” button on the top right of this page.