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Teaching with Simulation: An Instructor Certificate Course

Monday to Friday, Nov. 1 to 5, 2021

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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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.


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 gaming
  • 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
  • OSTE and OSCE
  • Moulage



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 35 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


35 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, and 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

Payment is required at the time of registration. If you have any questions or concerns please email us at

Registrations received after Oct. 29, 2021, will incur a $25 late fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations that are received after Oct. 17, 2021.


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


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

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 application, call Dawn Gesford at 717-531-6483.


A completed evaluation is required in order to receive a certificate for attending this activity. Please complete and submit the evaluation within the specified time frame.


The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund any program registration fees paid but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Program registrants who are experiencing illness or have been exposed to anyone who is ill should contact the Continuing Education office before attending any in-person activities.


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

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Participants who anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided should contact the Continuing Education office at least one week in advance of participation or visit.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and Educational Balance)

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

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