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Simulation Instructor Development: Debriefing — Beyond the Basics

Upcoming dates and locations

Multidisciplinary Simulation Center, Mayo Clinic; Rochester, Minnesota

  • April 13, 2023 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Nov. 6, 2023 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • April 10, 2024 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


This advanced debriefing course will address the needs of simulation facilitators who are interested in improving their debriefing skills. Using a combination of interactive and immersive group work, this session will focus on enriching facilitation skills of the debriefers and provide an opportunity to reflect on their own practices for better educational outcomes. Enrollment is limited to encourage engagement of all attendees.

Intended audience

Simulation instructors who are interested in advancing and improving their debriefing skills.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will:

  • Articulate elements of effective debriefing in health care simulations
  • Demonstrate advanced debriefing skills including effective conversations, questioning, and being an inquisitive facilitator
  • Analyze the use of various debriefing techniques and styles suitable for various simulation-based learning experiences
  • Demonstrate ability to debrief a debriefer

Course pre-requisites

  • Participants should have taken the basic simulation instructor course or should be able to obtain exemption through documentation of significant prior simulation and debriefing experience
  • Part of your learning includes completion of an online module before the session

Accreditation statement

Joint Accreditation Interprofessional Continuing Education logo

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.

AMA: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 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 6.5 ANCC contact hours.

Course directors

  • Torrey Laack, M.D.
  • Usha Asirvatham, M.S.N., R.N., NPD-BC, C.H.S.E.


  • Usha Asirvatham, M.S.N., R.N., NPD-BC, C.H.S.E.
  • Torrey Laack, M.D.
  • Jane Clobes, M.S.N., R.N., C.H.S.E.

Planning group

  • Usha Asirvatham, M.S.N., R.N., NPD-BC, C.H.S.E.
  • Jane Clobes, M.S.N., R.N.
  • Torrey Laack, M.D.
  • Stephanie Holst, R.R.T
  • Matthew Tentis, P.A.-C
  • Jodi Thoreson

Registration and fees

Please register early because space is limited to encourage maximum engagement of all attendees.

To register, please visit You will need to create a profile or log in to register. 

Once registered, you will be directed to complete a short demographic questionnaire. Participants will also receive pre-work to be completed prior to the course and a list of recommended articles.

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


The registration fee for this advanced debriefing course is $450 and is payable at the time of registration.

Group rates are available; please enquire at

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: Debriefing — Beyond Basics 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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