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Instructor Development

Instructor Development: Simulation-Based Education Design and Debriefing course

  • April 28-30, 2014
  • Oct. 6-8, 2014

Course description

This course will develop instructors for simulation-based education. Participants will learn the principles of simulation-based education including training methods, course design and concepts, and debriefing strategies, through the use of hands-on techniques.

Intended audience

The course is designed for individuals taking responsibility for curriculum design, implementation, and execution in an experiential learning-based setting. The course will be limited to 12 participants.

Course learning objectives

At the end of this course, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe concepts of simulation-based education
  • Describe elements for well-designed, simulation-based education to achieve good outcomes
  • Identify components of a simulation course
  • Develop performance objectives for a simulation experience
  • Discuss key principles to consider when designing simulation scenarios
  • Utilize the Scenario/Debrief Template Form in the development of a simulation scenario
  • Identify your communication styles
  • Assess how to adjust your communication style to the demands and expectations evident in challenging situations
  • Define debriefing and the goals of debriefing
  • Describe the role of the facilitator
  • Demonstrate the skills required of a facilitator
  • Discuss the ways to provide constructive feedback
  • Recognize strategies for managing challenging behaviors during a debriefing
  • Demonstrate effective debriefing strategies


Instructor Development: Simulation-Based Education Design and Debriefing will be held in the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center, located on the main floor of the Stabile Building, 150 Third St. SW, Rochester, Minn. It is easily accessible by skyway and the pedestrian subway that connects Mayo Clinic to shops, restaurants, and hotels. The course will begin at: 8 a.m. on the first day and conclude in the afternoon on the final day.


The deadline to register is six weeks prior to the first day of the course offering. Space is limited to 12 participants.

To register, email Linda A. Downie or call 507-266-5072. Include this information in your registration request:

  • Name, position, and title
  • Institution
  • Address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address

We limit the number of registrants for the course, necessitating the closing of enrollment; therefore, early registration is advised. A letter of confirmation will be sent upon receipt of completed registration information.

Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation letter and demographic questionnaire, which must be completed and returned. Participants will also receive a list of recommended articles to be read prior to the course.

Due to the interactive nature of this course, and to allow for electronically generated course content, each participant is required to bring a laptop to the course. The laptop should be Microsoft Word compatible. Wireless capability is preferred. If you cannot bring a laptop, let the simulation center representative know when you register and we will accommodate you.


The registration fee for the three-day course is $2,100 per attendee, payable by credit card or check. If paying via credit card, please call 507-266-5072. Make checks payable to Mayo Foundation and remit to:

Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center
Attn: Linda A. Downie
Stabile Building, First Floor
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905

The registration fee is due two weeks prior to the course start date.

Enrollment and cancellation policy

Attendance is expected at all portions of the three-day course. Due to the limited number of participant openings available, a waiting list will be created when the maximum number of participants is reached. If you must cancel your reservation, we will refund your tuition, less a $50 administrative fee, upon written notification.

Course cancellation policy

MCMSC reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances or low enrollment. Cancellation due to low enrollment will be determined 6 weeks prior to the course at which time the participants will be notified. It is recommended that you do not make flight or hotel reservations prior to the 6 week timeframe. MCMSC is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants due to cancellations or postponements, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.


Rochester, Minn. is serviced by a modern international airport with multiple flights daily from Chicago, Minneapolis, or Detroit via American and Northwest/Delta Airlines. Access to and from the airport is provided by taxi and shuttle service. The airport is located approximately 10 driving miles from the Mayo Clinic complex.


Review available options for hotels and lodging services.

Many hotels are connected by skyway and by pedestrian subway to conference facilities, downtown shops and restaurants.


Parking is available in hotel, city and Mayo Clinic patient and visitor ramps. Parking costs are not included in the registration fee. A map indicating the location of downtown parking facilities will be sent with the registrant confirmation email.

  • Nov 19, 2013
  • ART359508