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Designing & Implementing Simulation-Based Mastery Learning Curricula

This comprehensive, multi-day course will help participants acquire the knowledge and skills needed to design and implement mastery learning curricula. Mastery learning is a rigorous form of competency-based medical education. Use of the mastery model has been shown to improve patient care quality and lower healthcare costs. Northwestern Simulation faculty are leading experts in using simulation-based mastery learning to develop and measure clinical skills.

Dates & Location

March 1-3, 2023

July 10-12, 2023

This course will be held in person at Northwestern Simulation.

About the Course

 Topics Covered

After this course, participants will be able to:

  • Design simulation-based mastery learning curricula
  • Perform needs assessment
  • Modify existing curricula to align with mastery learning goals
  • Apply the concepts of deliberate practice to simulation-based mastery learning curricula
  • Select or develop instruments for outcomes assessment
  • Set performance standards to establish mastery learning goals
  • Rater training to ensure reliable assessment
  • Implement simulation-based mastery learning curricula
  • Create supportive learning environments needed for rigorous deliberate practice and robust performance feedback
  • Structure feedback and debriefing tailored to achieve mastery learning goals
  • Recognize the value of research and scholarship for program improvement and career advancement

View additional course information.

Topics in this series are also covered in our publication "Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Mastery Learning In Health Professions Education."

 How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following materials though our online application portal:

  1. CV
  2. Two-page description of a curriculum that will serve as a foundation for your coursework

You will receive an email confirmation and further registration and payment instructions once your application has been reviewed.

 Fee & Payment

Virtual course: $3,000 per participant*; this includes course materials. Participants will receive a virtual copy of "Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Mastery Learning in Health Professions Education," the book written by our course faculty. Learn more about the book on our Publications page.

After you have submitted your application information, you will receive a follow-up email from simed@northwestern.edu regarding your application status. If accepted, you will receive payment instructions. Payment in full is required within 30 days of acceptance to the course. Failure to remit payment within 30 days may result in removal from the course.

Cancellations must be made in writing to Northwestern Simulation. The paid registration fee, minus a $200 administrative charge, will be refunded. No refunds granted within 30 days of course start.

*Northwestern Medicine affiliates, please inquire about course fees.

 CME Credit & Additional Information

Course Director: William McGaghie, PhD

Additional Instructors: Mark Adler, MD; Jeffrey Barsuk, MD, MS; Elaine Cohen, MEd; Eric Hungness, MD; Mary McBride, MD, MEd; Celia O’Brien, PhD; David Salzman MD, MEd; Julia Vermylen, MD, MPH; and Gordon Wood, MD

Disclosure Statement: Mark Adler, MD;Elaine Cohen, MEd; Susan Eller, MSN, BSN; Eric Hungness, MD; Mary McBride, MD, MEd; Celia O’Brien, PhD; David Salzman MD, MEd; Roy Soetikno, MD, MS; Julia Vermylen, MD, MPH; Gordon Wood, MD; and Diane Wayne, MD have nothing to disclose. Course director Dr. William McGaghie, PhD has nothing to disclose. Dr. Jeffrey Barsuk has received consulting fees from MERCI.

FSM’s CME Leadership and Staff have nothing to disclose: Clara J. Schroedl, MD, Medical Director of CME, Sheryl Corey, Director of CME, Allison McCollum, Senior Program Coordinator, and Rhea Alexis Banks, Administrative Assistant 2.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Design simulation‐based mastery learning curricula
    - Perform a needs assessment
    - Modify existing curricula to align with mastery learning goals
    - Select of develop instruments for outcomes assessment
    - Set performance standards to establish mastery learning goals
  2. Implement simulation‐based mastery learning curricula
    - Create supportive learning environments needed for rigorous deliberate practice and robust performance feedback
    - Structure feedback and debriefing tailored to achieve mastery learning goals
  3. Recognize the value of research and scholarship for program improvement and career advancement

Target Audience: Medical educators who design or implement simulation curriculum

Accreditation Statement: The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement: The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.25AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Publications

We demonstrate the benefits of mastery learning in the article "Impact of Simulation-based Mastery Learning on Resident Skill Managing Mechanical Ventilators."
Read article on PubMed

Podcast

Listen to our companion podcast, Simulation in Healthcare Education, to learn more about simulation-based mastery learning.
Listen on Spreaker

Course Director

William McGaghie, PhD
Professor of Medical Education and Preventive Medicine

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