Simulation Instructor Training

Advanced Debriefing Course (ADC)

Course Details

For experienced simulation instructors

With an emphasis on debriefing skills, the 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, uses extensive practice and feedback to help attendees become more reflective about their instructional practices.

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.

Topics Include:

  • Frameworks for structuring faculty development in simulation
  • Advanced debriefing techniques, including debriefing the debriefer
  • Preventing and managing difficult debriefing situations
  • Understanding and managing realism and fidelity in scenario development
  • Using debriefing assessment to structure feedback or summative assessment
  • Advanced conversational techniques for steering debriefings
  • Advanced topics in scenario development (e.g. medical error, delivering bad news, ethical problems, death of a patient, faculty development scenarios)

Participants will:

By the end of the course, participants who fully engage in all activities will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate enhanced feedback and debriefing skills
  2. Construct faculty development activities to assist instructors in their program to use simulation most effectively.

Course Prerequisites

To be eligible for this course, participants must have previously taken either the Comprehensive Instructor or Simulation as a Teaching Tool courses.
*Individuals who have not taken either course may apply for an exemption if they can demonstrate significant debriefing experience and expertise. Please contact us to request an exemption.

Format:

Led by highly experienced CMS faculty, the course combines didactic and experiential learning with practice and feedback. 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 assess the quality of debriefings. There will be some didactics, but mainly the course will be very interactive and engaging.

The peer-to-peer feedback processes used in the course also develops participants’ ability to help other faculty within their institution improve their instructional techniques. Your learning begins before the course starts through online feedback and interaction with faculty on the course pre-work assignments.

This course is a hybrid of online and in-person exercises facilitated by one or more instructors. Our advanced instructor courses are tailored to your learning needs and current instructor challenges. These courses therefore require 2-4 hours of work from you completed over several weeks. With input from faculty and peers, you prepare and submit assignments on your own schedule over the course of a two-week period through an online course website called the CMS Virtual Campus site. Instructions for accessing the CMS Virtual Campus site are sent to participants once tuition is received.

Equipment Requirements:

In order to participate, each person must have:

  • Their own computer (tablets and mobile phones do not allow full engagement)
  • Reliable high-speed internet access (minimum 3 Mbps upload/download speed)
  • Microphone and speakers (built-in, headset or from webcam)
  • Webcam or other recording device

Application Process:

  1. Complete the online application form offered by the host site (see course dates below) or email the contact person listed at the ADC course location you where would like to attend;
  2. You will receive a link to complete a Supplemental Advanced Course Application document which asks you to provide:
    • A short biosketch including your simulation and debriefing experience
    • Your goals for the course
    • A one-paragraph overview of a scenario you might like to run in the course
  3. Application is complete when both the online application form and Supplemental Advanced Course Application responses are submitted. An admissions committee then reviews your materials.
  4. Admission decision will be sent to you within two weeks of receipt of your completed application.