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Introduction to Systems-Focused Simulation and Debriefing (Online Course)

Offered in partnership with Healthcare Systems Simulation International, this 6-week virtual, interactive course is the gateway to harnessing systems focused simulation and debriefing to improve patient safety, operational efficiencies and care quality. Our course is evidence informed, includes easy to use tools and cognitive aids, and provides a clear roadmap to success. Our international and interprofessional team members are leading clinicians, educators, researchers, mentors and innovators in simulation for systems integration with a proven track record of success.

Participants will leave with a toolkit of proven design and implementation strategies which will allow them to integrate simulation with quality and safety initiatives within their organization.

Please note that course offerings are targeted for organizations. If your organization is interested, contact us for more details!

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how to apply simulation to system-level patient safety and quality improvement efforts, to solve your organization’s operational and clinical issues;
  2. Plan and implement simulation activities to enhance a patient safety or quality improvement initiative;
  3. Facilitate and debrief a system-focussed simulation.


Course modules include content on:

  • Quality improvement and patient safety science
  • Complex adaptive healthcare systems
  • Successful examples of systems integration work across Canada, including in-situ simulation
  • Integrating simulation for various PS/QI purposes, such as policy & procedure development/testing/implementation, latent safety threat detection, clinical space assessment and design, safety culture improvement, etc.
  • Quality improvement and the HSSI roadmap
  • Systems focused scenario co-design, pre-briefing, facilitation and debriefing
  • Measurement and evaluation
  • Human factors considerations
  • Analysis of systems-based findings and operationalizing to further action
  • Setting up for successful organizational learning


This course uses a virtual learning approach. Over the course of 6 weeks, there are a variety of asynchronous and synchronous activities. Asynchronous elements include video lectures, readings, assignments and online discussions. There are weekly live webinars so participants can connect with expert facilitators and peers.


The course consists of 5 live webinars scheduled over a 6-week period, with additional activities between the webinars. All live webinar sessions are 90 minutes.

If you’d like to have a target course for your organization, reach out to the HSSI team for more.


Course facilitators are experts in system-level applications of simulation and integration into safety/quality improvement activities. They are drawn from Simulation Canada faculty and the HSSI team.


CDN $1400 + applicable taxes. Save when you join us as an organizationindividual, or industry! Learn more on Join Simulation Canada.

Course fee includes: tuition, access to course website, educational materials, toolkit

Course fee excludes: technology to access online learning

Payment Options: Cheque, Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Intended Participants

Healthcare practitioners, simulation educators and administrators, quality and patient safety leaders, and hospital administrators. Participants should have experience with either simulation in an educational context or experience with patient safety or quality improvement in healthcare.


If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact [email protected].

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