Simulation Instructor Training

Instructor Training at CMS

Highlights & Benefits

Participants attending weeklong workshops and courses at Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) headquarters have more time to explore topic modules and more opportunities to critique various assessment methods. They have the added benefit of access to all our local faculty and operations team members, as well as an in-depth look at our facilities. Participants are privy to our backstage simulation preparation area, simulation, observation and debriefing rooms. Lunch-and-learn sessions offer participants the chance to meet with our other team members beyond their course faculty to expand their knowledge and network connections.

All courses and workshops are led by dedicated simulation educators with years of simulation experience, many of whom are on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.

Gateway Debriefing Skills Workshop

The Center for Medical Simulation’s Gateway Debriefing Skills Workshop introduces healthcare education faculty to the foundational practices of the Debriefing with Good Judgment© method of debriefing. This innovative workshop combines an immersive, daylong, in-person learning experience with online learning that includes customized peer-to-peer and mentor feedback.

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    Course Duration
    Online + 1 day in person
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    Eligible Credits
    Depends on host site, at CMS 12 credit hours, 1.2 CEU
Comprehensive Instructor Workshop

This intensive immersion in healthcare simulation is led by experienced simulation educators and covers all high-level elements and concepts involved in running a simulation program. Attendees join a growing community of Institute for Medical Simulation (IMS) graduates who are positioned as leaders in the field. Daily formats vary and include simulation scenarios, lectures, small and large group discussions, case studies, and practical exercises with feedback.

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    Course Duration
    5 days
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    Eligible Credits
    40.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Operating Room Teams Instructor Course

This experiential multi-day course is taught by an interprofessional faculty and uses a predominantly experiential learning model including practice teaching with feedback and simulation activities, combined with other instructional techniques such as large and small group discussions and lectures. The course provides a strong foundation for the participants to understand how OR teams learn new behaviors; learn debriefing theory and tools; practice debriefing, and learn how to develop and run OR teamwork scenarios. Beyond simulation, participants will be able to use the debriefing skills and strategies developed during the course to improve teamwork and enhance performance in the real clinical environment. Attendees will be positioned to become champions for continued simulation training in their institutions and to strengthen the culture of safety in their operating rooms.

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    Course Duration
    3 Days
Advanced Instructor Course (AIC)

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.