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.

Healthcare Simulation Essentials: Design and Debriefing

In these rapidly changing times, CMS is innovating to meet the challenge. This flagship educator course is now available online in addition to in person in Boston. Not only will we now offer this transformational course online, we’ve updated the curriculum to refocus the course on helping participants make a significant, measurable impact on their organization.

With the financial strain on health care systems and universities, simulation programs increasingly compete with a variety of other healthcare education, quality, and safety efforts for resources. Simulation must solve real organizational problems. Our updated Healthcare Simulation Essentials (HSE) course reflects this demanding reality. With the goal of making an impact with your simulation program, participants will learn to work practically and strategically to translate simulation into gains for their learners, colleagues and organization.

To leverage your investment in this course and position your work to have the greatest impact, we will ask you to do some work before you arrive. To get buy-in and support for your program, we will help you identify a real problem that can be addressed with simulation (e.g. patient safety issues, curriculum challenges). We will then integrate your questions and challenges about how to address this organizational problem through interactive small group work.

Participants in the course can expect the exceptional educational experience that the Center for Medical Simulation is known for. Each course will feature several CMS faculty, who will work with learners in small groups to develop curriculum to guide their simulation program, to learn Debriefing with Good Judgment©, and to design simulation courses.

We are excited to begin this new adventure in online education. We look forward to seeing you, wherever you are!

This course was formerly known as the Comprehensive Instructor Workshop.

  • Course Duration
    Course Duration
    5 days (in person or online)
  • Credits Earned
    Eligible Credits
    31.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • Tuition
    Tuition
    • Attendee $5,775 USD
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.
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 is an immersive, daylong, learning experience that builds debriefing skills through repeated practice with coaching from debriefing experts.

  • Course Duration
    Course Duration
    1 Day
  • Credits Earned
    Eligible Credits
    Depends on host site
  • Tuition
    Tuition
    • For courses held at CMS
      Individual Attendee $599 USD
    • For courses not held at CMS
      Individual Attendee Varies by host site