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Simulation Instructor Course

Incorporating simulation-based medical education into clinical practice can increase safety, decrease medical errors, improve clinical judgment and promote self-confidence. Much different from the traditional see-do-teach educational methods, simulation-based medical education fully immerses learners in a realistic environment that promotes the cognitive, behavioral and technical skills used in clinical practices. This allows learners to pull from their own personal experiences, in a non-threatening way, to analyze and troubleshoot issues that may arise.

Through this intensive course, a multidisciplinary IU School of Medicine team trains health care providers at all levels of experience in the skills necessary to initiate a simulation program. Learners create scenarios based on their specific needs and execute those scenarios using video, embedded participants and moulage for added realism. Learners then apply the debriefing techniques learned in the course.

The course can accommodate nurses, respiratory therapists, physicians at any academic center or in private practice, nurse practitioners/physician assistants, other allied health specialists, and medical educators within specialty area(s) of pediatrics, pediatric intensive care, pediatric emergency medicine, neonatology, labor and delivery, and high risk obstetrics.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss simulation-based medical education as a learning tool
  • Understand aspects of simulation methodology that contribute to the development of effective scenario creation and execution
  • Apply techniques and knowledge learned to create a realistic scenario, set up a simulation environment, and facilitate a scenario
  • Describe the basis for debriefing and qualities of a good debriefer
  • Identify characteristics of a difficult debriefing and begin to utilize specific strategies to manage each effectively
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using video in simulation

Course Dates

The Simulation Instructor Course will be offered September 18th-September 20th 2024. Interested participants can email Alicia Cochran for more information or to register.

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Course Agenda

  • Day One

    • Introduction to Simulation
    • Demonstration scenario and debriefing
    • Mannequins and Moulage
    • Use of Video, Embedded Participants, and Standardized Patients
    • Writing and Conducting Effective Scenarios
    • Begin Scenario Development

  • Day Two

    • Working breakfast to refine participant scenarios
    • Introduction to Debriefing
    • Debriefing Videos
    • Participants execute and debrief their scenarios
    • Other simulations with practice debriefing

  • Day Three Half Day

    • Building and Sustaining a Simulation Program
    • Continue debriefing practice and feedback

Course Information

The course registration fee is $2000 for all non-IU students or employees. The fee includes a two and a half day simulation instructor course facilitated by Indiana University School of Medicine simulation faculty and educators; use of high and low fidelity mannequins, parking and a course handout. In addition, snacks and the following meals are provided: day one – lunch; day two – continental breakfast and lunch; and day three – continental breakfast. Class size is limited to the first ten registrants. There are no refunds for this class unless it is cancelled by IU School of Medicine instructors.

Continuing Education Credits

Indiana University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants can earn 17.25 nursing contact hours (accredited). A certificate is provided to all health care professionals in attendance in accordance with state nursing boards or other professional associations.

Indiana University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support, educational programs sponsored by IU School of Medicine must demonstrate balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor.

Indiana University Health is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91) (OH-412, 6/1/2019).

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ and ANCC Contact Hours by Indiana University School of Medicine.

Training Location

Training takes place at Fairbanks Hall on the IU School of Medicine campus in downtown Indianapolis. Parking is available in front of Fairbanks Hall that may be accessed by special code. This code is made available to non-IU affiliated participants the week of the course. IUSM/IUSN/IU Health participants: if needed, a lot is located across 10th street designated for EM parking passes.


Arriving from Methodist, Riley or University Hospitals, participants can use the IU Health Shuttle to Fairbanks Hall; the Simulation Center entrance is next to the main elevators on the fourth floor.

  • Arriving from East
    I-70 West to downtown. Take I-65 North at the downtown split (toward Chicago). Get in far left lane of I-65 North and exit on West Street exit. At traffic light on ramp, go left and follow to the bottom of ramp to a second traffic light (11th Street). Follow through 11th St. light one block to next traffic light, 10th Street. Turn left on 10th St. (one way East). Fairbanks Hall is located approximately ½ block on the left (north) side of 10th Street. The Simulation Center is located on the fourth floor; exit left off of the main elevators.
  • Arriving from North
    I-65 South to the N. Martin Luther King Jr. St. Exit – Exit 114. Follow south – street becomes West Street. Continue on West St. to the traffic light at West 10th St. Turn left on West 10th St. (one way East) and Fairbanks Hall is approximately ½ block on the left (North) side of 10th St. The Simulation Center is located on the fourth floor; exit left off of the main elevators.
  • Arriving from West
    I-70 East to downtown. Exit on West Street and follow north through downtown to 10th Street. Turn right (East) on 10th St. (one way East). Fairbanks Hall is located approximately ½ block on the left (north) side of street. The Simulation Center is located on the fourth floor; exit left off of the main elevators.
  • Arriving from South
    I-65 North to the North split (I-65 North Chicago – I-70 East Columbus, Ohio). Merge left I-65 toward Chicago. Stay in far left lane and follow to the West Street exit. At traffic light on ramp, turn left and stay in the left lane. Follow straight through the next light at 11th St. (at the bottom of exit) to the next traffic light – 10th Street. Turn left on 10th St. (one way East) and follow approximately ½ block to Fairbanks Hall on your left. The Simulation Center is located on the fourth floor; exit left off of the main elevators.

Simulation Team

A multi-disciplinary team manages and teaches the Simulation Instructor Course which evolved from the NICU Simulation Community Outreach Program collaborative. Providers throughout the state recognized a growing need for simulation-based medical education and requested training to develop and execute successful simulation programming. In response, the Simulation Outreach Team developed the Simulation Instructor Course as an education modality designed to assist educators of all disciplines in developing simulation skills.

19172-Byrne, Bobbi

Bobbi J. Byrne, MD

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Read Bio Bobbi J. Byrne, MD

11493-Wetzel, Elizabeth

Elizabeth A. Wetzel, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Read Bio Elizabeth A. Wetzel, MD

The Simulation Team also includes Emily Gunselman, RN (Riley Maternity & Newborn Health Outreach & Education Manager); Lisa Mayer, RN (Lead Simulation Educator and Associate Director, Neonatal Resuscitation Program); Alicia Cochran (Simulation Educator); Alyssa Cougill (Administrative Support; Simulation and Education); Donna Mantooth, RN (Simulation Educator); Becky Sutton, RN  (Simulation Educator).