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Simulation Instructor Development: Comprehensive Course

Upcoming dates and locations

Rochester, Minnesota

  • May 15-17, 2024
  • Sept. 23-25, 2024

Phoenix, Arizona

  • Feb. 19-21, 2024


This in-person, multidisciplinary, interactive course will prepare instructors for healthcare simulation education. During this three-day course, participants will learn the basic principles and elements of simulation-based education, design and implement simulation scenarios as well as procedural simulations, and practice reflective debriefing skills. This course offers an experiential learning environment with a combination of didactic, practice, and reflective feedback with the guidance of experienced Mayo Clinic Simulation Faculty.

Enrollment is limited to smaller groups to encourage maximum engagement of all attendees.

Target audience

Nurses, physicians, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, and healthcare providers from any other discipline interested in using simulation for education, assessment, research, or systems improvement. 

Learning outcomes

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants who fully engage in all activities will be able to:

  • Describe fundamental concepts, elements, theoretical underpinnings, and best practices of healthcare simulation-based education (SBE)
  • Identify various applications of Simulations in healthcare settings, including education, assessment, research, and systems improvement
  • Discuss the concept of debriefing and the role of reflective learning in simulation-based learning
  • Apply simulation knowledge and skills learned to design, develop, and facilitate simulation scenarios and procedural training
  • Demonstrate effective debriefing techniques and strategies to facilitate reflective learning
  • Apply best practices in SBE to the management of healthcare simulation programs and resources

Attendance at any Mayo Clinic course does not indicate or guarantee competence or proficiency in the skills, knowledge, or performance of any care procedure(s) that may be discussed or taught in this course.

Continuing education credit

Joint Accreditation Interprofessional Continuing Education logoIn 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 healthcare team.

AMA: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this live activity for a maximum of 22.00 AMA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ANCC: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this activity for a maximum of 22.00 ANCC contact hours.

Course directors

  • Diana Kelm, M.D.
  • Usha Asirvatham, M.S.N., R.N., NPD-BC, CHSE


  • Diana Kelm, M.D.
  • Usha Asirvatham, M.S.N., RN, NPD-BC, CHSE
  • Jessica Schoen, M.D., M.S.
  • Lauren Licatino, M.D.
  • Jeffrey Huang, M.D., M.S.
  • Alexander Finch, M.D.

Planning group

  • Usha Asirvatham, M.S.N., RN, NPD-BC, CHSE
  • Diana Kelm, M.D
  • Jodi Thoreson
  • Jane Clobes, M.S.N., R.N., C.H.S.E.
  • Stephanie Holst, R.R.T, L.R.T.
  • Matt Tentis, P.A.-C
  • Torrey Laack, M.D.
  • Alexander Finch, M.D.
  • Daniel Anger, Paramedic 

Registration and fees

Please register early as space is limited. Concessions are available for group registrations.

Register online. You will need to create a profile or log in to register.

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 the three-day course is $3,000 and is payable at the time of registration. Limited financial assistance may be available in select need-based situations. Please contact for more information.

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 is created when the maximum number of participants is reached. If you need to cancel due to mitigating circumstances, please contact us as soon as possible.

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: Comprehensive 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, unless otherwise noted. 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.