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What you can expect from your Upstate Simulation Team

We will:

  • Provide an immersive simulation template guide with an exemplar scenario to help you with the design process

  • Co-develop and provide feedback to help you write clear, measurable, & achievable learning objectives related to simulation design

  • Co-develop and provide input on simulation modalities and task alignment related to your simulation event design

  • Pilot and dry run your immersive cases before “go-live” to help further refine objectives and outcomes

We're here to:

  • Co-debrief simulation events to help facilitators through the debriefing process

  • “Debrief the debriefer” to help facilitators novice to experienced build and strengthen skills

  • Coordinate necessary resources to help meet your learning objectives, including reviewing task training equipment with the Lead Simulation Instructor, set-up of simulation rooms, manikins, and AV system

We offer:

Classroom-based workshops focused on:
  • Simulation Learning Strategies
  • Pre-briefing and psychological safety
  • Objective writing and case development
  • Debriefing and giving effective feedback




Policies, Forms, & Resources

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COVID-19 Safety Addendum

Policies and Procedure Manual

Roles and Responsibilities


Lead Simulation Instructor


We ask that simulation instructors follow procedures, as determined by Upstate Simulation Staff, to ensure quality simulation activities that are consistent with best standards of practice for healthcare simulation.

  • Upstate Simulation staff will assist Instructors in fulfilling the responsibilities above including meeting best practices for healthcare simulation and following the center's policies and procedures.

What you can expect from your Upstate Simulation Center Staff

  1. Co-develop and edit immersive simulation cases with Lead Simulation Instructor
    • Co-create learning objectives
  2. Provide instructor training opportunities
    • Debriefing and giving effective feedback
    • Pre-briefing
    • Psychological Safety
    • Objective writing and case development
  1. Arrange dry runs with your instructors for new cases and provide recommendations before ‘live’ student sessions.
  1. Coordinate necessary resources to support learning objectives, including reviewing task training equipment with Lead Simulation Instructor, set-up of simulation rooms, manikins, and AV
  2. Create post-session surveys to garner qualitative and quantitative learner feedback.   (example: SET-M).
  3. Faculty development with “debriefing the debriefer” following immersive sessions to strengthen facilitator skills and increase confidence.


Project Proposal Scheduling Diagram

Below you find our online forms to help us conceptualize and implement your simulation project.  New events may require additional consultations with Sim Center staff. Please note that submission of a form does not guarantee the availability of space or resources. 

The amount of time and preplanning of a successful simulation program can vary and depends on the complexity of the event, available resources, existing programs, and competing demands. Ideally, it is best to allow a minimum of 6 weeks to plan, develop, and pilot a program.  Unusually complex programs may require additional time.  Please be aware that the Center may not be able to schedule your program if insufficient time is provided for program development.


1. For procedural skills and immersive simulation requests. Fill out this form:

2. For requests pertaining to the following items:

  •  COM student interest groups
  • Haptics task trainers pre-approved for use by Residents, Fellows, or Attendings
  • Marketing/Media
  • If you are unsure of your needs and want to schedule an exploratory meeting before completing a project request form.

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Tour Request Form

NOTICE: Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, the Center is currently not accepting any new tour requests. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Thank you for your interest in a tour of the UMU Simulation Center. Please take the following into consideration:

  • Tours should not be submitted more than 45 days in advance to ensure course instructors have adequate time to schedule learning sessions.
  • Tours guided by Center staff will be very limited and will only be conducted when active courses are not scheduled.
  • One-week advance notice is preferred for large groups. Please note that the preferred group size per tour should not exceed 20 people. In some cases, we will recommend splitting a larger group into smaller groups to ensure the best possible experience for tour participants.
  • Admission related tours will only be scheduled as self-guided tours. More information can be found in the request form.
  • Once the tour is reserved, you will receive a final email confirming all details. Please note that we will do our best to accommodate your tour but we cannot guarantee availability due to the course and staff schedules.
  • The Simulation staff will respond to your request within two business days to determine availability.

If you are interested in scheduling a tour, please fill out our Tour Request Form.


Center Offerings

  • Monthly Simulation Journal Club via zoom: Target participants: Any faculty, clinician, educator, students interested in simulation
    • To be added to the list-serve for Journal Club please email Sue Davie: davies@upstate.edu
  • Skills Sessions: * In-person task training sessions are available and will follow most current Upstate distancing guidelines and transmission prevention protocols. Virtual Zoom manikin-based simulation sessions
  • Immersive Small group sessions: * In-person sessions will follow current Upstate distancing guidelines.
  • Virtual Office Hours: to discuss simulation questions, ideas or seek specific case development help. ( By appointment for Upstate staff, faculty, and student only)

* Please note that group size may be limited and will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.  Scheduling is dependent on the nature of the planned activity and the concurrence of other scheduled sessions.


Additional Resources

Link for SSH       Link for ASPE


Link for MedEd Portal        link for Healthy Simulation


Link for INASCSL