Simulation Instructor Training

Advanced Instructor Course (AIC)

Course Details

For experienced simulation instructors

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.

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
  • Strategic management of simulation initiatives in healthcare
  • Advanced topics in scenario development (e.g. medical error, delivering bad news, ethical problems, death of a patient, faculty development scenarios)

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.


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.

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)

Application Process:

  1. Complete the online application form;
  2. Complete the Supplemental Advanced Instructor Course Application Form 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
    • (Optional) An overview of a strategic challenge with which you would like assistance

    We recommend that you prepare your responses offline as some of the questions require a bit of self-reflection. To assist you in preparing your responses, please download and use the AIC Supplemental Application Form Preparation Worksheet, a Microsoft Word version of the form.

  3. Application is complete when both the online application form and Supplemental Advanced Instructor Course Application Form responses are submitted. An admissions committee then reviews your materials.
  4. Admission decision will be sent to you within approximately two weeks of receipt of your completed application.
Attendee $6,395 USD

Payment and Pricing Questions:
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Enrollment Policy:

You will be informed of acceptance to your selected course/workshop by email within two weeks of our receiving your completed application. Your tuition is due immediately upon acceptance. Once accepted you will receive another email containing an invoice with payment instructions. Please note that acceptance does not mean enrollment. Once accepted, you are placed on a wait list. You are not enrolled, and do not have a reserved seat, until we have received your full tuition.

Course seats are filled in the order we receive tuition payments. Since our courses fill quickly it is important for you to send in your tuition immediately to secure a seat. Once your tuition payment is received, you will be taken off the wait list and enrolled in your desired course/workshop provided a seat is still available. If all seats in your preferred course/workshop are filled by the time we receive your tuition payment, you will be informed that it is full and given the option to remain on the wait list in the event that a seat later becomes available, switch to another course at a later date with available seats or receive a refund.

Payment Information:

The Center for Medical Simulation accepts payment by credit card, wire transfer, money order or cashier’s check in U.S. dollars. Personal checks are not accepted. You will be receiving an invoice via email from Rhonda Young. Your payment is due immediately upon receipt. If you would like to pay by credit card there is a link in your invoice that you can click on, or paste into a browser, that will take you to a page on our website where you can make your payment. If would like to make payment by any other method please contact Rhonda Young.
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Cancellation Policy:

If you must cancel we will refund your tuition less a $250 processing fee provided another paid candidate is able to fill your seat. Otherwise, you will forfeit half your tuition.

If you would like to switch to a course offered at a different date, we will apply your tuition toward the new course provided another paid candidate is able to fill your current seat. Otherwise, you will forfeit half your tuition. If you still want to switch to another course date we will apply half of your paid tuition and you will be billed for the remaining half. Please note that the tuition for a course offered at a later date may be higher. In that case, individuals switching to the later course date will need to pay the difference in the tuition fees.

Course Offerings


Course Dates
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 -
Friday, May 11, 2018
Center for Medical Simulation (CMS), Boston, MA

Application Deadline: February 15, 2018
Course begins online: March 1, 2018