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This web page gathers together resources that may be useful to accredited continuing professional development (CPD) providers.

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August 2020 – Strategies for delivering simulation activities (scenario-based) on virtual platforms

Brought to you by McMaster University Centre for Simulation-Based Learning

Most simulation cases, whether they are manikin or standardized patient (SP)-based, can be delivered virtually but may require modifications.

  • Keep your character demographics broad for easier SP recruitment when it comes to virtual simulation.
  • Always conduct a dry run before delivering any simulation activity virtually. Dry run with your own team first to sort out all technical glitches and test out process. Then dry run with the instructor(s) to see if you need to adjust the scenario flow for the virtual platform.
  • Have a designated host (Simulation Coordinator) managing your virtual session, so instructor, participants, sim technician, confederates and SP can focus on their tasks. Designate an alternative host should technical difficulties arise with the original host.
  • Maintain a Safe Virtual Simulation Environment. The usual Learner Conduct Agreement (e.g. confidentiality etc.) in simulation environment still applies in a virtual setting. Modify your Learner Contract for virtual platforms and communicate to learners before they engage in a virtual simulation activity.
  • We generally discourage recording of online virtual simulation sessions. But when recording is necessary for achieving the session’s learning objectives; have all participants (including SP and confederates) agree to a video recording consent form beforehand.
  • Mitigate risks associated with online video conferencing platforms by implementing a registration process, enabling wait rooms and only allowing the host to share screens.
  • It takes longer to conduct a simulation on a virtual platform. Only one person can talk at a time and actions happen in sequence not simultaneously as in-person simulation. Make sure you schedule appropriate length of time, so learners don’t feel rushed during a virtual simulation.
  • Set aside some virtual orientation time before your simulation begins. Introduce the virtual environment to your learners. If SPs are involved, spend some time with them as well, going through the expectations and logistics.
  • If you have several learners observing a simulation, ask them to turn their camera off during the simulation to keep the focus on the active participants.
  • Debrief in a Breakout Room to avoid the distraction of setup and takedown in the sim setting. Encourage everyone to turn on their cameras to facilitate group discussion.

  • McMaster University Centre for Simulation-Based Learning
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CPD activity toolkit

Accreditation of CPD activities

Sample accreditation application forms

The forms below are samples only. Royal College-accredited CPD providers should have their own specific application forms.

Accreditation Activity Standards

Sample accreditation statements

International accreditation agreements

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Royal College-Accredited CPD Provider Innovation Awards

Find out about these awards and how to apply.

Accrediting simulation programs

All providers of health care simulation programs in Canada are invited to apply to be recognized as a Royal College-accredited simulation program. Applicants must be not-for-profit organizations with a formal governance structure. They must also be accountable to and serve medical professionals through continuing professional development and research activities.

Accreditation of simulation programs

Directory of accredited CPD providers

Definition of terms

Term Royal College definition
Co-development The process by which two or more organizations, at least one of which must be a physician organization, prospectively collaborate to develop and implement an accredited educational activity, learning resource or tool.
Educational grant The mechanism by which a sponsor provides support to a CPD organizer for a specific educational activity, learning resource or tool.
Physician organization A physician organization is a not-for-profit group of health professionals with a formal governance structure, accountable to and serving, among others, its specialist physician members.
Sponsor A sponsor is an individual, group, corporation or organization who contributes funds, goods or services to support accredited educational activities, learning resources or tools.
Sponsorship Sponsorship is the process by which individuals, groups, corporations or organizations provide support (financial or in-kind contributions) to a CPD organizer to support an accredited educational activity, learning resource or tool.
Tagging The linking or alignment of a sponsor’s name to a specific educational session within an accredited group learning activity.
Transparency To provide transparency means to clearly disclose, divulge or make known. (The opposite of transparency is ambiguity.)
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