Simulation Instructor Development: Basic Course


This one-day multidisciplinary, interactive course will provide an introduction to simulation-based education. Topics covered include discussion of: principles of experiential learning, planning a simulation course, writing and implementing scenarios, and debriefing strategies. Participants also have opportunities to practice scenario writing and debriefing with the guidance of experienced faculty. Enrollment is limited to encourage discussion between attendees.

Upcoming Dates

Oct. 14, 2019

April 13, 2020

Intended audience

Individuals of any discipline interested in using simulation for education, assessment, research, or systems improvement.


Multidisciplinary Simulation Center
Stabile Building - 1st Floor
150 3rd Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905

Learning outcomes

Learners will:

  • Describe fundamental concepts of simulation-based education (SBE)
  • Describe elements for well-designed SBE to achieve best learner outcomesoutcomes
  • Develop learner-focused simulation scenarios using best practices in SBE
  • Define debriefing and the goals of debriefing
  • Demonstrate skills required of a debriefing facilitator

Continuing education credit

In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants can earn 7.25 ANCC nursing contact hours for attendance through the entire activity.

Contact hours are designated according to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Accreditation Program Criteria in which 1 ANCC contact hour = 60 minutes of learning activity.

Course directors

  • Torrey Laack, M.D.
  • Usha Asirvatham, M.S.N., RN-BC, CHSE


  • Usha Asirvatham, M.S.N., RN-BC, CHSE
  • Jane Clobes, M.S.N., R.N.

Planning group

  • Usha Asirvatham, M.S.N., RN-BC, CHSE
  • Jane Clobes, M.S.N., R.N.
  • Darcy Bulger
  • Torrey Laack, M.D.
  • Anna Marie Spartz, R.R.T.
  • James Chally, P.A.-C

Registration and fees

Class size is limited to encourage maximum engagement of all participants. Please register early.

To register, please click on your date of choice:

October 14, 2019

April 13, 2020

Once registered, you will be directed to complete a short demographic questionnaire.

If you need assistance or have questions, please email or call 507-266-0684.


The registration fee for this one-day course is $360 and is payable at the time of registration.

Enrollment and cancellation policy

Due to the limited number of participant openings available, a waiting list is created when the maximum number of participants is reached. If you must cancel your reservation up to three weeks prior to the course, we will refund your tuition, less a $50 administrative fee.

Course cancellation policy

Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances. Cancellation will be determined six weeks prior to the course, at which time the participants will be notified.

Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses incurred by participants due to cancellations or postponements, including fees assessed by airline, travel, or lodging agencies.

Location and travel information

The Simulation Instructor Development: Basic Course is held in the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center, which is located on the main floor of the Stabile Building, 150 Third St. SW, Rochester, Minnesota. It is easily accessible by skyway and the pedestrian subway that connects Mayo Clinic to shops, restaurants, and hotels.

The Stabile Building can be found on page 4 of the campus map (PDF). Learn about travel information and lodging options in Rochester, Minnesota.

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