Simulation Instructor Training

Operating Room Teams Instructor Course

Course Details

For clinicians, educators and simulation technicians who use simulation as a teaching tool

  • Course Duration
    Course Duration
    3 Days

This experiential multi-day course is taught by an interprofessional faculty and uses a predominantly experiential learning model including practice teaching with feedback and simulation activities, combined with other instructional techniques such as large and small group discussions and lectures. The course provides a strong foundation for the participants to understand how OR teams learn new behaviors; learn debriefing theory and tools; practice debriefing, and learn how to develop and run OR teamwork scenarios. Beyond simulation, participants will be able to use the debriefing skills and strategies developed during the course to improve teamwork and enhance performance in the real clinical environment. Attendees will be positioned to become champions for continued simulation training in their institutions and to strengthen the culture of safety in their operating rooms.

Program Objectives:

  • Develop interprofessional educator teams to use simulation as a training medium for Operating Room Teamwork
  • Enhance teamwork in the Operating Room
  • Positively affect the quality of the working and safety cultures within the Operating Room

This course immerses participants in the deliberate practice of debriefing with skills acquired using Debriefing with Good Judgment©.

Topics include:

  • Creating a challenging and safe learning environment
  • Teaching clinical thinking and skills
  • Teaching teamwork and crisis resource management
  • Developing and improving debriefing skills
  • Preparing, building, conducting, and debriefing realistic simulation scenarios relevant to Operating Room teams
  • Avoiding simulation pitfalls and ineffective debriefing techniques
  • Advancing simulation within one’s institution


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

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 26.25 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 Prerequisite:

We suggest that you apply for this course as part of an interprofessional team. That being said, we are aware of the challenges involved in getting team members out of the O.R. for a multi-day course, therefore we welcome partial teams and individual registrations.

If applying as part of a team please include team name (e.g. institution) and team leader name on the application.

Application Requirements:

To apply for this course, you must:

Fill out the online application form, then email the following two documents to Paul Montgomery:

  1. A one-page proposal for an institutional project you plan to develop during the workshop, where you: describe the current problem that your project will address, briefly describe your project, define the beneficiaries and expected accomplishments, identify the necessary resources and barriers to implementation, and describe how you will evaluate whether your project has created an improvement.
  2. A 1-2 page biosketch (not your complete CV) including: your goals for attending the workshop your position, specialty and professional experience; your educational background; and any educational activities over the past five years.