Course Catalog

Simulation Instructor Training

Introduction to Simulation Instructor Training

Our four- and five-day courses cover all high-level elements and concepts involved in running a simulation program such as debriefing, adult education, scenario development, assessment and research.

World Class Training Experience

The Center for Medical Simulation offers training for simulation leaders, healthcare educators and researchers who want to develop and maintain high-quality healthcare simulation programs through its Institute for Medical Simulation (IMS) Program. Our courses and workshops address both the clinical and behavioral aspects of performance from undergraduates to practicing clinicians with particular emphasis on interprofessional simulation-based education.


Most of our simulation instructor workshops are intensive immersions in healthcare simulation that are led by experienced simulation leaders. Using a mixture of flipped classroom, didactics, experiential learning, just-in-time lecturettes and small group work, participants are fully engaged and often find themselves challenging their own assumptions as the activities push them to the edge of their expertise.


In addition to feedback, debriefing and scenario development skills, our courses and workshops build camaraderie and support within the CMS community of practice. Many participants develop lifelong relationships with members of their workshop through the shared immersion experience and stay in touch long after their workshop ends. CMS fosters these relationships and assists alumni in making connections to nurture the community by hosting an annual reunion of sorts at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH).


The Institute for Medical Simulation Program 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.

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