The WVU School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Information in collaboration with the David and Jo Ann Shaw Center for Simulation Training and Education for Patient Safety (STEPS) will offer the Simulation Certificate Program Oct. 12-14 for instructors with interest in quality teaching with simulation.

To participate in the program, register online.

Topics Include:

  • Introduction to Simulation – Modalities, Components, IPE Simulations, Assessment, Objectives, Scenario Writing, Debriefing
  • Applied Techniques – Assessment Tools, Case Design, Debriefing Questions, Conducting a Simulation and Debriefing
  • Advanced Topics – Manikins and Technology, Hybrid Simulation, Difficult Situations and Scenarios, Simulation Creation, Conducting a Simulation


  • WVU Employee* $1,000 (including those who are part-time, courtesy, etc.)
  • Non-WVU Employee $1,500

Fees cover meals, conference handouts, CE credits and certificate of participation.


  • Wednesday, Oct. 12
    • Level I: Introduction to Simulation
      • 8 a.m. Orientation (Williams)
      • 8:30 a.m. Modalities (Staff and Doerr)
      • 9:30 a.m. Components (Summers)
      • 10:30 a.m. IPE Simulations (Baugh)
      • 11 a.m. LMS and Assessment (Smalley)
      • 12 p.m. Lunch
      • 1 p.m. Objectives (Aarts and Meigh or Craig)
      • 2 p.m. Scenario Writing (Kiefer and Lynch)
      • 3 p.m. Debriefing (Tullock)
      • 4 p.m. Adjourn
  • Thursday, Oct. 13
    • Level II: Applied Techniques of Simulation Education
      • 8 a.m. Objectives Workshop (Craig)
      • 9 a.m. Assessment Tools (Barnhart)
      • 10 a.m. Writing a Case Scenario (Kiefer)
      • 11 a.m. Creating Debriefing Questions (Tullock)
      • 12 p.m. Lunch
      • 1 p.m. Run a Simulation (Hoffman, Craig, Tullock, Kiefer)
      • 2 p.m. Run a Debriefing (Tullock, Kiefer)
      • 2:30 p.m. Reflecting on our Simulation Event (Tullock)
      • 4 p.m. Adjourn
  • Friday, Oct. 14
    • Level III: Advanced Topics in Simulation
      • 8 a.m. Manikins and Technology Tricks (Doerr)
      • 8:30 a.m. Hybrid Simulation (Hoffman)
      • 9 a.m. Difficult Sim Situations: To die or not to die (Williams)
      • 10 a.m. Difficult Sim Scenarios: What do you do when it all goes off the rails? (Kiefer)
      • 11 a.m. Simulation Creation Workshop (All Available)
      • 12 p.m. Lunch
      • 1 p.m. Simulation Creation Workshop (All Available)
      • 2 p.m. Conduct Simulation #2 (Hoffman, Craig, Tullock)
      • 3:30 p.m. Wrap up, Debrief and Evaluation (Summers, Williams)
      • 4 p.m. Adjourn


Following this course, participants should be able to:

  • Day 1: Describe the four components of simulation
    • Identify opportunities for simulating real-world situations of the health professions.
    • Give four modalities of simulation, differentiate their purposes. Discuss how simulation doesn’t work for everything.
    • Integrate modality knowledge in hands-on exercises.
    • Identify four components of simulation.
    • Describe what a learning management system is. List the advantages of using a learning management system. Discuss how to incorporate learning management into simulation and assessment.
    • Identify measurable learning objectives and identify complete case scenarios. Correctly identify the components of a SMART Learning Objective. Organize the various components of a simulation scenario into a complete document. Construct, as a group, a set of three properly formatted learning objectives for a simulation scenario using the prescribed criteria.
    • Discuss methods of providing feedback in a debriefing session.
  • Day 2: Apply techniques of simulation education
    • Construct 2-3 objectives for chest pain event with manikin and third year nursing student.
    • Choose a tool for assessing learner’s progress and/or competency. Utilize multiple assessment modalities to triangulate observations.
    • Integrate knowledge of simulation modalities and write a case scenario which outlines the details of a learning activity.
    • Construct open ended questions related to the simulation experience; Select appropriate debriefing methods for the simulation experience; Demonstrate techniques to monitor progress of debriefing.
    • Prepare the simulation operator. Pre-brief the learners. Perform the role of instructor during a simulation
    • Debrief the simulation experience - debriefed by staff.
    • Implement whole group debriefing/evaluation and integration of feedback from STEPS. Review each other’s group with peer feedback.
  • Day 3: Integrate advanced topics into simulation education
    • Recognize the intricacies of utilizing technologies to set up and perform a manikin or task training educational scenario.
    • Integrate task trainers into sim activities (sonosim, vimedix, sp tools, lucyAR, pelvic exam SP)
    • Discuss the pros and cons of simulator death.
    • Use realism to increase learner engagement.
    • Develop manikin simulation #2.
    • Prepare the simulation operator. Pre-brief the learners. Perform the role of instructor during a simulation. Debrief the simulation experience.

Continuing Education Credit

The WVU School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The WVU office of CME designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This continuing education activity has been provided by the WVU School of Nursing for 24.6 contact hours. The WVU School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, Legislative Rule #19CSR11-4 under provider number 50-26086.

Disclosure: All those in a position to control content have indicated that they have no relevant interests to disclose.

Speakers / Presenters / Instructors

  • Nancy Aarts, PhD, CCC-A
    Associate Professor; Vice Chairperson of Audiology
  • Christy Barnhart, DHSc, MSN, RN, CHSE
    Clinical Associate Professor and Lecturer, School of Nursing; Director for Nursing Simulation, STEPS
  • Gina Baugh, PharmD
    Director of IPE; Clinical Professor, School of Pharmacy
  • Jason Craig, CHSE-A
    Simulation Specialist, STEPS
  • Russell Doerr, CHSE
    Lead Simulation Specialist, STEPS
  • Adam Hoffman, MCCP
    Simulation Specialist, STEPS
  • Christopher Kiefer, MD, FACEP
    Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director, Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Joseph Lynch, MD, FAAP, CHSE
    Assistant Professor; Pediatric Hospitalist; Director of Pediatric Simulation
  • Kimberly Meigh, PhD, CCC-SLP
    Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Lee Ann Miller, EdD, CHSE-A
    Assistant Director of Education, STEPS
  • Daniel Summers, RN, BSN, CEN, CHSE
    Director, STEPS
  • William Tullock, MD, CHSE
    Adjunct Faculty, STEPS
  • Dorian Williams, MD, FAAFP, CPI, CHSE
    Assistant Dean for Technology and Simulation, Medical Education Medical Director, STEPS Professor, Predoctoral Director, Family Medicine

For more information, contact Lee Ann Miller.