International Instructor and Facilitation Training
Course Program

Course Program

Qualify as a simulation training instructor and facilitator

The course is  comprehensive mix of webinars, assignments and individual coaching and feedback, supported by continous networking webinars for two years following the actual course.

Program details

Prior to the course, participants will receive a package with a set of course materials in the mail (checklists, writing board with cognitive aids for instructors, CRM cards, goodies etc.). We offer an equipment check in an individual video conference for all of our participants, to guarantee a smooth performance at the beginning of the course.

The webinar will set the foundation for course activities regarding:

  • Adult learning principles as they apply to simulation team training
  • Principles of feedback and debriefing
  • Causes of errors in medicine including human factors and the concept of CRM
  • Practice of constructive question techniques
  • Practice of debriefing video-based scenarios in small groups
  • Aspects of the simulation setting including the establishment of psychological safety, familiarization with the simulator, a “fiction contract”, the levels of reality and their relevance in medical simulation
  • Input for scenario design including scenario design templates and examples

The assignments ensure ongoing conscious confrontation with the contents of course part 1 and 2 and offer input for part 2. They encompass scenario design, human factors in action and difficult debriefings.

  • With the help of online support, the participants will design a simulation scenario based on a provided template. Feedback to the scenario will be provided by domain experts for the different medical fields and pre-hospital scenarios.
  • An exercise to detect human factors and CRM in the individual work environment. Results will be discussed in part 2.
  • Reflecting about and collecting difficult debriefing situations. These will be collated by the course faculty and discussed as well as partly re-enacted in part 2 workshops.

This 2-day part will be the booster for the following skills:

  • Debriefing and constructive question techniques
  • Avoiding and managing difficult debriefing situations
  • Debriefing video-based scenarios
  • Scenario design including feedback to own scenarios
  • Evaluation of simulation and aspects of research in and with simulation
  • Avoiding and dealing with “second victim” issues
  • Asking open questions

Every participant will get a 75-minute long private 1:1 videoconference with an experienced senior faculty member to discuss open questions, personal projects and receive individual feedback on debriefing techniques.

This will be offered between part 2 and the “Transfer and Application Refresher”.

This half-day course, taking place two months after course part 2, facilitates the transfer of course part 1 and 2 to your practice and helps you to apply the new skills and knowledge.

  • Interactive small group debriefing exercises in groups of 4–6 participants as a refresher of your skills.
  • Open questions towards the application of knowledge and skills from part 1 and 2.
  • Discussion of transfer problems and tips and tricks from experienced faculty members.
  • Networking between participants as Instructor Alumni Group – exchanging ideas, tools, open questions, scenarios etc.

Every participant will get another 60 minutes of individual 1:1 feedback with an experienced faculty member. We recommend that you submit a video of one of your debriefings, which will then be discussed with the faculty. You may also use the 60 minutes faculty time for other questions you might have.

This individual session is offered once during the period of one year after the beginning of the course. We recommend doing it after completing course part 2.

This half-day course, taking place five months after course part 2, focuses on:

  • Interactive problem-based individualized small group debriefing exercises to close remaining gaps in knowledge and master your skills
  • Lessons learned (Safety 2 feedback)
  • Open questions and discussion of remaining problems
  • Discussion of transfer problems and receiving tips and tricks from faculty members
  • Discussion of one or two debriefing videos as good learning examples
  • Networking between participants as Instructor Alumni Group – exchanging ideas, tools, open questions, scenarios etc.
  • Meet the alumni of all courses to build and maintain your international network
  • Debriefing exercises and case discussions
  • Aspects of prevention and management of difficult debriefings
  • Refresher/Update on new aspects regarding simulation and debriefing
  • Talks by selected simulation experts
  • External Quality Assurance for your simulation program
  • Q&A sessions with faculty and experienced guest speakers
  • We plan to continue biannual interactive webinar-based meetings in the future

CME credits

We applied for several CME credit approvals (e.g. CICM, ANZCA, ACCCN), which are currently pending. In addition to that, we will provide you with a detailed certificate of your participation, a programme of the course and proof of attendance, as required by your certifying bodies (e.g. registration records, screenshots). Even though we think that most institutions will accept the course’s CME credits, we can not guarantee that for all countries, locations, and institutions.