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Teaching with Simulation: An Instructor Certificate Course

Monday to Friday, July 13 to 17, 2020

Simulation Center

Penn State College of Medicine
700 HMC Crescent Road
Hershey, PA 17033

(Use entrance 13 or 14 on the Campus Map)

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Monday to Friday, Nov. 2 to 6, 2020

Simulation Center

Penn State College of Medicine
700 HMC Crescent Road
Hershey, PA 17033

(Use entrance 13 or 14 on the Campus Map)

More about the location

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Simulation is increasingly being integrated into almost every curriculum in institutions worldwide and the need for qualified instructors continues to grow. Since most instructors who use traditional teaching methodologies need specific instruction in using simulation effectively, this course facilitates such training that has been, until now, costly, distant and time-consuming.

Using simulation effectively is part science, part art, part experience and a large part practice after reflective instruction. Faculty development impacts the effectiveness of any program, but has special significance for simulation programs that are now being realized and validated everywhere.

This course offering, revised in accordance with requests from previous course participant feedback, will help to meet the need for additional simulation instructors and has been designed to develop professional staff to teach effectively using simulation. This will be evident throughout active engagement, reflection, discussion, checklists and written evaluations throughout the week. While the course is oriented toward clinical simulations, the skill set learned is transferable to other learning situations that require feedback, facilitation and course development.



Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 40.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


40.45 contact hours by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Fee is $3,300 per person.

The Certificate in Simulation program tuition includes:

  • Course binder with handouts
  • USB flash drive with course files
  • T-shirt
  • Certificate of completion
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks each day
  • And more


In order to provide the most effective education, the course is limited to 15 participants. Payment must be made within seven days of registration. Registration will not be confirmed until payment is received.

Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be made for cancellations that are received less than two weeks before the event date. The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies. Preregistered participants will be notified if a program is canceled.


Accommodations are the responsibility of the participant. A list of lodging in the Hershey area is available on request or online.

Topics for the Week

This course includes didactic and experiential learning, practice, and reflective feedback. Each participant will have the opportunity to assume the various roles of the simulation process, including simulated learner, simulated instructor and simulated meta-instructor.

  • Simulation fundamentals, philosophy and scope
  • A sample simulation with debriefing
  • Learner focus – taking risks, building the logic, owning the learning
  • Simulation and education theory
  • Curriculum design
  • Feedback and coaching in skills acquisition
  • Design, implementation and debriefing simulations, and practice, lots of practice
  • Asking questions effectively
  • Creating high-level learning outcomes, objectives and activities
  • Team training and how to create scenarios for learning
  • Simulation strategies – tips, controversies and the challenging participant/challenging debrief
  • Incorporating simulation into a curriculum – when to use simulation or not
  • Using human standardized patients
  • Advanced debriefing techniques
  • Combining different types of simulation modalities – in situ simulation and escape rooms
  • Incorporating interprofessional education into simulation
  • An introduction to various technological tools – haptics, virtual reality, 3D printer
  • Simulation theory and education research
  • Fidelity and other simulation controversies and philosophies
  • The simulation community, center accreditation and individual certification
  • Program and session evaluation
  • Faculty development
  • The OSTE experience
  • Moulage

For More Information

If you have questions regarding content or location of course, call Theresa Brosche at 717-531-5813.

If you have questions regarding registration or payment, call Dawn Gesford at 717-531-6483.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Continuing Education at least one week in advance of your participation or visit.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and educational balance)

It is our policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of our educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to resolve any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

University Nondiscrimination Policy

This publication is available in alternative media on request. The Pennsylvania State University is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, admission, and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by University policy or by state or federal authorities. It is the policy of the University to maintain an academic and work environment free of discrimination, including harassment. The Pennsylvania State University prohibits discrimination and harassment against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, genetic information, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status and retaliation due to the reporting of discrimination or harassment. Discrimination, harassment, or retaliation against faculty, staff, or students will not be tolerated at The Pennsylvania State University. Direct all inquiries regarding the Nondiscrimination Policy to the Affirmative Action Director, The Pennsylvania State University, 328 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802-5901; tel 814-863-0471/TTY. US M.Ed. D6570

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