Simulation Instructor Training

Healthcare Simulation Essentials:
Design and Debriefing

(formerly known as the Comprehensive Instructor Workshop)

Course Details

For healthcare educators, directors or faculty of a current or prospective simulation program.

  • Course Duration
    Course Duration
    5 days (in person or online)
39.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

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.


Special pricing is available for institutions purchasing seats for teams of two or groups of five or more. Please Contact Us for more information.

Attendee $5,775 USD

Participant Comments:

"The course provided an opportunity to refresh my skills, learn new skills and debriefing techniques, and to have plenty of deliberate practice with early specific feedback."
"The educators modeled what they were teaching us throughout the course, which helped reinforce the concepts."
"The course is provided with respect and understanding to both learners and instructors who have passion for truth, safety, and the advancement of improved outcomes in healthcare through simulation."
"It was a privilege and pleasure to participate in this learning experience with such a talented and skillfull group of educators in the instructor cadre and fellow course participants."
"Course is conceived with exquisite detail to gain better understanding of the learner as well as the instructor."
"Enjoyed learning from a group of truly inspirational simulation educators/instructors who are world leaders in their fields in a safe supportive learning environment."
"Amazing faculty - committed to education, super involved and enthusiastic - also leaders in their fields and experts on the matter."
"Great opportunity to work in different groups and practice what we learned."
"Faculty were great and did a really good job creating a safe and friendly learning environment."
"Instructors modeled great behaviors on how to guide discussion and limit distractions and frustration."
"Great opportunities to practice developing, running, and debriefing sims."
"Great faculty, great progression of activities to build on what we have already learned."
"It was such a privilege to have attend this course when taught by such simulationistas. Amazing instructors."
"The educators were the absolute strength of the course - they were excellent, engaged, and thoughtful. "
"The faculty was absolutely amazing. The curriculum was very very well designed as expected and I learned a lot."
"This course has been an amazing experience - and I wish it could have been longer! "
"This course was excellent. Probably the best course I have attended."
"I like the many modalities that were used for teaching."
"I thought there was a really nice mix of didactic, group work, discussions, good use of videos and of course time to practice both designing and debriefing sims."

Course Objectives:

  • Develop a strategic plan to elicit buy-in, support and make an impact with simulation in
  • Build a challenging and safe learning environment
  • Conduct, and debrief interprofessional simulation scenarios with high learner engagement
  • Apply the “With Good Judgment” approach to affect behavior change in multiple contexts
  • Think deeply about your role as an educator and/or change agent


The course will take place over 5 consecutive days whether online or in person. It is our belief that this intense learning experience is best accomplished with continuous, individualized mentoring from highly experienced CMS faculty and the development of a peer-led community of practice. The course combines didactic and experiential learning with practice and feedback. Participants will run and debrief simulation cases and receive coaching and feedback on debriefing skills from leading debriefing experts.

How is the online version of the course different?

Using best practices for dynamic, interactive online education, each course day will be a mix of video conference time with faculty, offline time to work alone or in your small group, and periods of down time for rest and reflection. You can count on learning as much from the process of online education in the course as you will from the content. Days begin at 9:00 AM and end at approximately 5:00 PM US Eastern time.

Trying to decide if you should take the course online or in person?

Here are a few considerations:

  • What’s the same: The content of the course is the same in either format; the time commitment is significant.
  • Advantages of doing the course in Boston: There is more opportunity for interaction with CMS faculty and staff during lunch, breaks, dinners out; when we’re in person we are able to run “real” simulations; you get to see the great city of Boston!
  • Advantages of the online course: Savings on travel costs to Boston; you’ll experience best practices in online teaching; there’s less risk in the age of COVID.

Still have questions about the online course?

Contact us

Application Process

To apply for this course, you must:

Complete the online application form. No other information is needed.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit:

This course is sponsored by CRICO/RMF of the Harvard Medical Institutions. CRICO/Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CRICO/RMF designates this live activity for a maximum of 38 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses, midwives and other healthcare providers will receive a “Certificate of Attendance” with credit hours that may be converted to CEs or CEUs. Massachusetts-licensed nurses can find information about converting CME to CEU at this site. Nurses from other states should check with their respective State Board or credentialing body for guidance on this process.

Course Offerings


Course Dates
Monday, August 10, 2020 @ 9:00 AM -
Friday, August 14, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

Course is full. Waitlist only.

Application Deadline: July 13, 2020

Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 9:00 AM -
Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

Application Deadline: August 17, 2020

Monday, October 19, 2020 @ 9:00 AM -
Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

Application Deadline: September 21, 2020

Monday, November 16, 2020 @ 9:00 AM -
Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

Application Deadline: October 19, 2020

Monday, December 7, 2020 @ 9:00 AM -
Friday, December 11, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

Application Deadline: November 9, 2020

Monday, February 1, 2021 @ 9:00 AM -
Friday, February 5, 2021 @ 5:00 PM

Application Deadline: December 28, 2020

Monday, March 15, 2021 -
Friday, March 19, 2021
Center for Medical Simulation (CMS), Boston, MA

Application Deadline: February 12, 2021

Monday, April 12, 2021 -
Friday, April 16, 2021
Center for Medical Simulation (CMS), Boston, MA

Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

Monday, May 17, 2021 -
Friday, May 21, 2021
Center for Medical Simulation (CMS), Boston, MA

Application Deadline: April 19, 2021

Monday, June 21, 2021 -
Friday, June 25, 2021
Center for Medical Simulation (CMS), Boston, MA

Application Deadline: May 24, 2021


Please review the important policy information below.

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, no paper invoices are issued. Your payment is due immediately upon receipt.

If you have any questions regarding pricing or our policies, please Contact Us.

If you must cancel we will refund your tuition less a 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.

Processing Fees

  • $250 for administration and processing for Healthcare Simulation Essentials: Design and Debriefing course (formerly known as the Comprehensive Instructor Workshop) and Advanced Instructor Course participants
  • $100 for administration and processing for MOCA, Anesthesia and Labor and Delivery Crisis Resource Management Training and Gateway Debriefing Skills course participants

If you have any questions regarding pricing or our policies, please Contact Us.

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 become available, switch to another course at a later date with available seats or receive a refund.

If you have any questions regarding pricing or our policies, please Contact Us.

Required to Observe or Participate in the Course

Confidentiality of Information

During your participation in courses run by the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS), you may observe the performance of other individuals managing medical events and debriefing of those events. It is also possible that you may be a participant in these activities. You are asked to maintain and hold confidential all information regarding performance of individuals and details of the simulated cases.

By applying for this course, you acknowledge to having read and understood this statement and agree to maintain the strictest confidentiality about any observations you make regarding the performance of individuals and the simulated cases.

Permission to Review Video Recordings for Educational Purposes

During the course, you may participate in realistic simulated cases of medical events and/or simulated debriefings that may be video recorded for review during debriefings as part of the educational experience. The goal is for the facilitators to provide focused feedback to the team. The faculty may review these recordings at a later date for quality improvement of the training.

By applying for this course, you acknowledge to having read and understood that you may be video recorded in the course and agree to allow CMS faculty to review these video recordings for educational purposes.

If you have any questions regarding pricing or our policies, please Contact Us.