Simulation Instructor Training

Instructor Training at Host Site Locations around the World

Highlights & Benefits

Participants attending workshops and courses at host site locations receive the same quality and immersive experiences as those who attend at Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) in Boston. These workshops tend to be more geographically convenient and may have a lower overall cost for attendees who do not need to travel or travel so far to attend.

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.

Visit our Locations page to see where we’ve held courses and workshops over the years.

Simulation as a Teaching Tool

This course is held over four days and is able to enroll 20 participants. It is also offered in Spanish through our CMS Affiliate, Hospital virtual Valdecilla. Click on Curso de Entrenamiento para Instructores en Simulación for more information. Haga clic aquí para ver los cursos se imparten en español.

This course immerses healthcare simulation leaders and instructors in a multi-method course wherein participants learn how to teach clinical, behavioral and cognitive skills through simulation. It draws from the disciplines of aviation, healthcare, psychology, experiential learning and organizational behavior. Participants explore simulator-based teaching methods applicable across the healthcare education spectrum, including undergraduate and graduate medical, nursing and allied health domains. The daily formats vary and include simulation scenarios, lectures, small and large group discussions, and practical exercises with feedback. Typically, these courses also offer a couple of social evenings for networking and sharing experiences.

  • Course Duration
    Course Duration
    4 Days
  • Credits Earned
    Eligible Credits
    Depends on Host Site
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.

  • Course Duration
    Course Duration
    3 Days
Advanced Debriefing Course (ADC)

With an emphasis on debriefing skills, the Advanced Debriefing Course (ADC) is designed to enhance and extend instructional techniques learned in CMS’ Simulation Instructor Courses. Using high-leverage methods from experiential learning and organizational psychology, this four-day intensive immersion in debriefing, taught by senior CMS/Harvard Medical School faculty, 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.
uses extensive practice and feedback to help attendees become more reflective about their instructional practices.

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.

The peer-to-peer feedback processes used in the ADC also develops participants’ ability to help other faculty within their institution improve their instructional techniques. Participants will run and debrief one of their own scenarios, learn how to use an Action Science technique to reflect on debriefings and learn how to provide rigorous feedback on debriefings using a structured assessment tool. There will be some didactics, but mainly the course will be interactive and engaging. 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
    • For courses held at CMS
      Individual Attendee $599 USD
    • For courses not held at CMS
      Individual Attendee Varies by host site
Curso de Entrenamiento para Instructores en Simulación

El Centro de Simulación Médica (CMS), a través de su filial española Hospital virtual Valdecilla, ofrece el curso “Simulación como herramienta docente” en idioma español a través de Latinoamérica y España en Instituciones que deseen acogerlo.

La simulación como herramienta docente esta dirigida a líderes en simulación, educadores e investigadores que quieren desarrollar y mantener programas de simulación en salud de alta calidad en sus Instituciones.