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Healthcare Adventures in Australia!


CMS held two of its Healthcare Adventures (HCA) workshops at Mater Education in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia last month. Mater is a CMS Affiliate, though the HCA workshop is available to all organizations, not just those in the affiliate program. Each workshop lasted two days, with the first running February 28th to March 1st, and the second running March 8th to March 9th.

The CMS team involved in these HCA workshops was made up of Robert Simon, Kate Morse, Mary Fey, Demian Szyld, and Jenny Rudolph.

One of the HCA workshops was attended by Mater “Stream Leaders,” and the second by their “Executive Council.” The Healthcare Adventures workshop creates simulations which are intended to open participants to transformational changes in their organizations and in their work life. Participants use these simulations to experience and debrief on how they react as a team, how leadership is determined in crisis situations, how to create an environment and culture where speaking up is encouraged and cultivated, and where staff feel safe speaking up and being transparent with each other.

The Mater team was interested in creating cultural change and embedding “Speaking Up” as a culture, hospital-wide. The workshop was also a jumping off point for having Mater leadership experience the concepts of simulation and “Debriefing with Good Judgment,” and showing how simulations can help people change the way they think.

The reaction from the Mater team was very positive. The faculty said their goal was to create the right balance of comfort and discomfort in the simulation experience in order to to foment change, and to get participants to reflect honestly on their interactions. When the team returned to Mater a week later, the Mater leadership team was excited to show us how they had implemented one of the systems from the HCA workshop, the “Learning Pathways Grid,” which they had printed up on a large board in their office space.

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The Healthcare Adventures workshop aims to move organizations from conventional to transformational modes.

Overall, the two workshops held at Mater Education were a great success, and we are very excited to continue bringing Healthcare Adventures to other hospital leaders and teams around the world!




Healthcare Adventures (HCA) are customized, intensive team-training workshops for leadership and management teams across the healthcare spectrum. Designed to improve individual and team performance by developing collaboration and communication, the HCA workshops use a simulated patient experience in a highly realistic clinical environment to highlight a team’s dynamics in a powerful, but non-threatening fashion. Non-clinicians actually get the chance to care for a patient and experience real-life issues first hand, and clinicians are challenged to think like healthcare administrators and executives!

CMS faculty and professional facilitators work with the team before the simulation, discussing objectives and expectations, and again after the simulation, identifying important interactions, key learnings and actionable strategies. This allows the group to turn learning into action immediately, by working on a real-world project with the help and support of the CMS facilitators. Depending on their needs, teams can draw variety of follow up support mechanisms and training to advance their learning and performance. Topics include teamwork, effective communication, resource management, performance enhancement and patient safety.

Workshops include:

  • Consultation between the team leader and a CMS facilitator prior to the workshop
  • Team pre-briefing on simulation objectives and strategies
  • Customized team challenge in the simulated clinical environment
  • Debriefing and discussion to identify important interactions and to develop actionable strategies for implementation
  • Facilitated work session to apply new strategies to an existing project (i.e., budget negotiations, product development, and pipeline strategy)
  • Report from CMS facilitator
  • Follow-up between the CMS facilitator and the team leader

For more information about Healthcare Adventures click here, or contact Gary Rossi, COO, at grossi@harvardmedsim.org



CMS Faculty Lead Four Courses at Australian Affiliates



Center for Medical Simulation faculty, including Jenny Rudolph, Demian Szyld, Mary Fey, Walter Eppich, Julian van Dijk, Kate Morse, and Robert Simon trekked to Australia in February to help lead four sessions of CMS’ Simulation as a Teaching Tool courses.

Two courses took place at the Western Centre for Medical Education in Melbourne/St. Alban’s, Victoria, from February 14th to 17th and February 21st to 24th. Two took place at Mater Education in Brisbane, Queensland, from February 21st to 24th and from February 28th to March 3rd.

The Simulation as a Teaching Tool Simulation Instructor Workshop immerses healthcare simulation leaders and instructors in an inter-professional learning environment where participants learn to teach clinical, behavioral, and cognitive skills through simulation. This course draws from simulation-based pedagogy in field ranging from aviation to healthcare, psychology, experiential learning, and organizational behavior. Participants explore teaching methods that are applicable across the healthcare education spectrum, from undergraduate and graduate medical education to the nursing and allied health domains.

The day to day practice of the Simulation as a Teaching Tool course varies and includes simulation scenarios, lectures, small and large group discussions, and practical exercised on feedback and debriefing. The course also includes professional networking and events for sharing course and professional experiences.

Reflections on Two Months at CMS

Albert CollageAlbert Chan, MD, is an anesthesiologist and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Medical Simulation.

“As I meandered down the hallways of the Center for Medical Simulation at the Navy Yard saying my final goodbyes, I could not help but marvel at the amazing intellectual journey the past nine weeks has taken me. Not only have I learned about the intricacies of medical simulation and education, I have gained completely new insights into myself.

When I first arrived at the CMS, it was a bit daunting as I did not know what to expect. I was at the very center of the simulation world, surrounded by experts in medical education. What will they think of me with my limited simulation experience? Will I be accepted by the staff and faculty? My concerns were alleviated in no time – in true CMS fashion, everyone embraced and welcomed me into the family and established the “safe container.” I was ready to become a learner once again.

There were many things that were impressive at the CMS – the flattened hierarchy, the openness of communication, the constant reflection and feedback to each other, the demand for improvement and excellence, the creativity of the sim techs (yes, Johnny Tsunami), the wealth of knowledge, the constant supply of soda (yes, it’s amazing). But if I had to pick one thing I learned the most from, it would undoubtedly be the Comprehensive Instructor Course.

I was fortunate enough to be both a participant in the course, as well as faculty observing from behind the scenes. I learned so much about the application of educational theories, the complexities of debriefing, and more about the adult learners’ mind. Not being a reflective person naturally, be it due to my culture or personality – the course has made me look within myself and explore my own psyche. I came to realize the frequent inferences and assumptions I have made about others in the past, and the effect it has had on communication and relationships. Being curious has taken on a whole new meaning.

The most remarkable thing was how the faculty and staff embodied the principles that they taught, and how the course was so carefully crafted and choreographed to center around the learners’ needs, and to build a strong sense of community among the participants. If I were to be a medical educator, that is exactly what I aspire to be.

“How can you just do simulation for such nine weeks? Doesn’t it get boring?” one of my good friends asked me. This notion did cross my mind before I came to CMS, but I was proven wrong. Medical simulation is not simply using mannequins to unnerve clinicians – it is an experiential and reflective process – as was my fellowship at the CMS. At the same time, I was able to personally witness the power of conversation – not only through practicing debriefing with good judgment in the courses, but also by talking to CMS faculty, staff, techs – I have truly expanded my horizons.

Harkening back to what Mary Fey said in the Instructor Courses, I have attained “threshold knowledge” – I cannot unlearn the knowledge I have acquired here. WTF forever means “What’s Their Frame?”, I shall always teach from a stance of curiosity, and assumptions is the mother of all [mistakes].

Thanks to all the faculty at the CMS who have given me the opportunity to join in the debriefings and provided me with valuable feedback, and thanks for sparing me some of their valuable time despite busy schedules to chat about my project – especially Jenny, Roxane, Jeff, Dan, Robert and Kate. And thanks to the awesome staff who hung out with me in the back all the time and have taught me so much – Johnny, Tony, Jenn, Matt, Emily and fellow visiting scholars! Hopefully we can maintain our relationships in the years to come!

Most importantly, have to thank my dear wife Christina for supporting me on this trip and helping me take care of the babies while I am at CMS! I know it must have been tough!

Looking up at the wall of the back debriefing room one last time as I walked out, “The Basic Assumption” has taken a completely different importance and meaning from nine weeks ago, and I hope that I can bring all that I have learned back home.”

–Albert Chan, MD

CMS Affiliate Mater Education Partners with MGH Institute of Health Professions

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The Center for Medical Simulation’s Australian affiliate, Mater Education, has partnered with the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions to provide post-graduate certification for Australian medical educators.

This program is now available to Mater Education’s Simulation Fellows, who will do their MGH Institute coursework remotely with the guidance of Mater faculty. This certificate also requires fellows to complete CMS’ “Simulation as a Teaching Tool” program, which is put on in Brisbane, Australia. 

Mater Education’s will initially send two fellows through the MGH Institute of Health Professions program, to earn their post-graduate certifications in education with a specialization in simulation. These two fellows, Dominic Ormston, MD, and Richard Mausling, MD, will work to develop simulation courses to serve Mater Education learners in the future. Dr. Ormston will develop emergency response courses for the anesthesia department, while Dr. Mausling will develop simulation training for staff and nurses in the Mater Mother’s Hospital Neonatal Critical Care Unit.


CMS Affiliate Program

The Center for Simulation (CMS) based in Boston, MA, USA, is one of the oldest, most respected, and most influential simulation centers in the world. Through its Affiliate Program, CMS works closely with a select group of international healthcare organizations committed to developing the full potential of their simulation programs. To learn more about becoming a member of this select group of Simulation Centers of Excellence, email CMS at info@harvardmedsim.org.

CMS Affiliate Mater Education Takes Home Two Simulation Awards

ASC-Award_350x350The Center for Medical Simulation congratulates CMS affiliate program Mater Education on winning two major awards at the 2016 Simulation Australasia Annual Awards Dinner in Melbourne, Australia.

Mater Education won the prestigious Simulation Australasia Project Innovation Award for their project “Opening Mater Private Hospital Springfield: Keeping Patients Safe.” In October 2015, Mater Education coordinated a one-of-a-kind simulation event before the opening of the Mater Private Hospital Springfield. In this simulation event, the entire hospital facility ran as a simulation for a full 24 hours, with volunteers performing the roles of hospital patients. This complex simulation gave Mater Education the ability to test hospital-wide processes and new facilities before the hospital opened to the public, increasing staff comfort and confidence and improving patient safety.

The Mater Education team also brought home the award for Best Poster or Short Paper Abstract, for their poster, “Simulation Based Training Program to Improve Delivery of the Impacted Fetal Head at Caesarean Section.” This poster displayed information about the program which Dr. Michael Yu, Dr. Erin Wilson, and Dr. Sarah Janssens developed, which uses the “Desperate Debra” simulator to train learners on issues involved in fetal head disimpaction at caesarean section.


CMS Affiliate Program
The Center for Simulation (CMS) based in Boston, MA, USA, is one of the oldest, most respected, and most influential simulation centers in the world. Through its Affiliate Program, CMS works closely with a select group of international healthcare organizations committed to developing the full potential of their simulation programs. To learn more about becoming a member of this select group of Simulation Centers of Excellence, email CMS at info@harvardmedsim.org.

Kate Morse, PhD joins the Center for Medical Simulation as Assistant Director of its Affiliate Program


Morse_KateThe Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) is pleased to announce that Kate Morse, PhD will be joining CMS full time this fall as the the Assistant Director of the CMS Affiliate Program. Dr. Morse has been an adjunct faculty member at CMS for the past two years helping to teach its simulation instructor courses.  She will continue to do some teaching at CMS in both the clinical and instructor courses, but her primary focus will be on enhancing and extending the Affiliate Program.

 Dr. Morse, who will be departing from a joint appointment at the Drexel University College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Professions, has extensive experience with development of programs in the areas of interprofessional education, simulation-based education, faculty development, faculty mentorship and nursing graduate programs. While maintaining an active part time clinical practice, she has held academic positions in diverse clinical and simulation-based education areas as Director of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track, Director of Interprofessional Simulation and Clinical Education and as the Associate Chair of the Nurse Practitioner’s Program.   

Dr. Morse received her BSN at the University of Calgary, her MSN as a Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist from San Diego State University, a Post-Masters Certificate as an Adult and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from California State University, Long Beach, and her PhD from Villanova University. Dr. Morse has 30 years of clinical experience as a critical care nurse and an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. 

Dr. Morse’s research interests are in designing transformative interprofessional simulation-based educational experiences, student-centered learning and reflective practice. Her doctoral dissertation was in line with these interests:  The Effect of a Structured Model of Debriefing on Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Student’s Reflective Ability and Perspective Transformation and has been presented at local and national venues. She has published a number of other articles in Clinical Simulation in Nursing, Gender Medicine, Journal of Nursing Education and MedEdPortal Publications.

Welcome to the CMS Team, Dr. Morse – Kate!