Simulation Instructor Training

Debriefing Skills Refresher Course

Course Details

For experienced healthcare educators trained in the Debriefing with Good Judgment© method. This is not an introductory Debriefing with Good Judgment course.

The Center for Medical Simulation’s Online Debriefing Skills Refresher Course provides a way for CMS’ Simulation Instructor Training alumni to refresh and continue to develop their debriefing skills. Over a 6 week period of time, participants will engage in a variety of online learning activities to refresh skills related to advocacy-inquiry, structuring a multi-phase debriefing discussion, and prebriefing. Based on both peer mentoring and faculty feedback, the course offers a variety of ways to build on skills acquired during our in-person courses.


Attendee $595 USD

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Participant Comments:

"I want to buy the t-shirt ... it was THAT good."
"An excellent course which I don`t have any hesitation recommending to consolidate debriefing education for time restrained people."
"Very relevant content was covered in the course. The asynchronous nature made it very easy to fit this course into my busy schedule."

Highlights & Benefits

Designed for the busy healthcare educator with limited time. The Online Debriefing Skills Refresher Course is intended to build on skills acquired during CMS’ multi-day Simulation Instructor Training Programs held at CMS in Boston and around the world. The Online Debriefing Skills Refresher Course:

  • Engages participants in the deliberate practice of debriefing with skills acquired using Debriefing with Good Judgment.
  • Connects participants to a community of colleagues where they can continually develop and improve their debriefing, feedback and bedside teaching skills.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Demonstrate improved Preview-Advocacy/Inquiry skills
  2. Facilitate a multi-phase debriefing
  3. Develop a prebriefing script to create a safe learning environment

Course Outline

  • Week 1: Review Preview-Advocacy/Inquiry (P-A/I) and Structuring a Multi-Phase Debriefing
  • Week 2: Practice Preview-Advocacy/Inquiry (P-A/I)
  • Week 3: Practice Debriefing
    • Synchronous online Simulated Debriefing session (90 minutes) – led by CMS faculty (multiple sessions available)
  • Week 4: Review and Prepare Prebriefing
  • Week 5: Practice Debriefing
    • Synchronous online Simulated Debriefing session (90 minutes) – led by CMS faculty (multiple sessions available)
  • Week 6: Interactive Course Wrap-up


The course will be facilitated by a CMS faculty member and leverage both peer and mentor feedback. This flexible format of this course includes both synchronous and asynchronous sessions. All materials and course interactions will occur online.

Activities are conducted on an online course website called the CMS Virtual Campus. Instructions for accessing the CMS Virtual Campus are sent to participants about a week before the course begins once tuition is received.

Equipment Requirements:

In order to participate, each person must have:

  • A computer (desktop or laptop)
  • Reliable high-speed internet access (minimum 3 Mbps upload/download speed)
  • Computer headset or headphones/earbuds with microphone
  • Webcam or other video recording device (i.e. tablet, mobile phone, video recorder)

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 8.5 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.

Application Process:

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

Course Offerings


Course Dates
Monday, April 29, 2019

Course runs April 29 – June 7, 2019
Click here to view synchronous session dates


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 Comprehensive Instructor Workshop and Advanced Instructor Course participants
  • $100 for administration and processing for DASH Rater Training Workshop, Online Debriefing Skills Workshop, and Clinical Training 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.

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