Improving Simulation Instructional Methods


iSIM class

This 3-day internationally renowned program, created in collaborative effort between WISER at the University of Pittsburgh and the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education at the University of Miami, is designed as an introduction to fundamental skills and abilities for delivering simulation-based healthcare education through a variety of techniques and technologies. The program emphasizes hands-on activities and active participation to maximize simulation-based instruction skill acquisition. Class group sizes are kept small to allow for maximum participation. The primary audience for this course are healthcare educators wishing to improve their skills as instructors in simulation education.


The Gordon Center will have a new course, ISIM – Improving Simulation Instructional Methods: Research Skills for Simulation Educators, debuting August 7-9, 2012. ISIM Research Skills for Simulation Educators is a highly interactive course designed as an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research skills related to measurement and evaluation in simulation education. It will provide participants with practical research skills that will enable them to become informed consumers of simulation education literature, be effective collaborators in simulation education research, and carry out research studies. The daily formats vary and include, lectures, small and large group discussions, case studies and practical exercises with feedback. It emphasizes hands-on activities and active participation to maximize the acquisition of simulation research skills. Download a flyer for this course.


Our new specialty course that was added to iSIM in April, focused around improving "Assessment" and "Debriefing". The next ISIM: Assessment and Debriefing class will be scheduled for the fall of 2012. Stop back to the site in the near future for the class date. This three-day course addresses the rationale for using simulations in Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), as well as the advantages and potential challenges inherent in these methods. Participants will devise simulator-based stations, develop scoring instruments, and run a small-scale OSCE during the course using various simulators and task trainers. Participants will also develop their own debriefing instrument and have the opportunity to apply it in a team-based scenario. The program is open to all healthcare professionals who are interested in improving their simulation-based assessment and debriefing skills and is targeted at those with a background in healthcare education. Download a flyer for the Assessment and Debriefing Course.



  • Paul Phrampus, MD - University of Pittsburgh
  • S. Barry Issenberg, MD - University of Miami
  • John O’Donnell, CRNA, MSN, DrPH - University of Pittsburgh
  • Geoffrey Miller, EMT-P - Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Jeffrey Groom, PhD, CRNA, ARNP - Florida International University
  • Benjamin Berg, M.D. - University of Hawaii


Upcoming Course Dates: 



Course Fee - $1795 per person, group discounts available