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.

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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)

Each individual – even those participants who are from the same institution – needs their own computer and computer headset (microphone and earphones).


If you have any questions regarding this course or would like to purchase this course for your institution, please Contact Us.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit:

8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
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.

Upcoming Course Dates:

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