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Principles of Assessment in Simulation Supplement

Principles of Assessment in Simulation Supplement

Formative or summative Simulation Based Assessment (SBA) of clinicians can be used to obtain performance data about learners that may be difficult or impossible to safely obtain using other methods. But how do you ensure assessments that utilize simulation are valid, meaningful and effective? How do you prepare your team to interpret and make decisions based on assessment outcomes? How do you strike a balance between workplace and SBA in your curriculum?

The Principles of Assessment in Simulation Supplement (PASS) course is an extension of assessment concepts introduced in the Simulation Educators Training course. This one-day workshop is designed for Program Directors, Simulation Centre Directors and Clinical Educators who want to maximize the efficacy of SBA in their milieu.

What you will learn

The goal of this course is to support effective practice and integration of simulation based assessments into competency-based education. At the end of this session learners will be able to:

  • Incorporate simulation-based assessment principles and development strategies into competency based education;
  • Discuss features of simulation that may promote or threaten efforts to use the modality for assessment;
  • Critically appraise assessment tools, methodologies and current simulation based assessment research.

Target Audience

Our ideal participant brings a passion for clinical education to the table and has some experience with simulation based education. As a Program Director, Post-Graduate Dean, Assessor, Observer or Health Care Professional involved in competency assessment you are striving to bring your own performance in this area to the next level.


The course is offered as a 1 Day face-to-face workshop with a low Student to Instructor ratio and approximately 3 hours of online self-study pre-course. Ample time is provided for exercises, group work, discussion and real-world examples.


This course is open to any clinical educator who has an interest in the topic and includes a short self-study online component to introduce key concepts. Completion of the pre-course is required prior to attending the workshop.

It is not necessary to take the SET course prior to taking this course.

Upcoming Courses - English courses

Montreal, Que. – November 3rd, 2017
Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel
1201 Boulevard Rene-Levesque West
Montreal, Quebec H3B 2L7 Canada
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Course Developers / Faculty:

Farhan Bhanji – MD, MHPE, FRCPC
Dr. Farhan Bhanji is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, a CanMEDS Clinician Educator and the Associate Director of Assessment at the Royal College. He serves as the Director of the Fellowship in Health Professions Education at McGill University, is the interprofessional lead for Simulation at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, serves as the education lead in Resuscitation for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Is the immediate past Chair the Education Committee for Emergency Cardiovascular Care at the American Heart Association and is the co-chair of the Education, Implementation and Teams taskforce of International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. Dr. Bhanji is also an active researcher with over 100 peer reviewed abstracts and manuscript publications.

Ryan Brydges —PhD
Dr. Brydges obtained his MSc and PhD from the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto and the Wilson Centre, UHN. He then completed an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Glenn Regehr at the Centre for Health Education Scholarship, University of British Columbia.
Through studies of self-regulated learning and simulation, Dr. Brydges aims to understand how training interventions translate into healthcare professionals' behaviours. In one arm of his research, he uses simulation and other educational technologies to understand how to optimize instructional designs and assessment practices for healthcare training curricula. In his other research arm, he studies invasive bedside procedural skills as a proof of concept for developing a novel model of ‘competency-based education’ in academic hospitals (and, eventually, community settings).

Walter Tavares — PhD
Walter Tavares is a Scientist and the University of Toronto Wilson Centre for Health Professions Education.  He holds a PhD from McMaster University’s Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department with specialization in Education as part of the Program for Education Research and Development. His research interests include simulation based teaching, learning and assessment of clinical competence, measurement theory and rater cognition.

Irene Ma — MD, PhD, FRCPC
Irene Ma, MD, is a general internist at the Foothills Medical Centre and an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Calgary. Dr. Ma received her Medical Degree from the University of British Columbia, a MSc in Epidemiology from Stanford University, and a PhD in Medical Education from the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on the use of simulation in competency-based education and assessments, with a focus on procedural skills. She is author or co-author of multiple peer-reviewed publications and holds a number of leadership roles focused on residency training of procedural skills and ultrasound within Alberta Health Services and the University of Calgary. 

Jonathan Duff — MD, FRCPC
Jonathan Duff is a full-time pediatric intensivist and Associate Professor at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.  He completed his fellowship in PICU at the Stollery Children’s Hospital and has been on staff since 2005.  He is currently the director for pediatric simulation for Stollery Children’s Hospital and the Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Training Program at the University of Alberta.  He recently completed a Masters in Health Science Education and is currently enrolled in a PhD in Measurement, Evaluation and Cognition at the University of Alberta.  

Kelly Dore – PhD
Dr. Dore completed her PhD in Health Research Methodology with a focus on Health Professions Education Research and Cognitive Psychology.   She is a Senior Scientist in the Program for Educational Research and Development and an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Obs/Gyn and the Post Graduate Medical Education Program at McMaster University. She also holds an affiliated appointment with the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Dore is the Director, Masters of Health Science Education Program, where she also coordinates the assessment and evaluation course.  Her current interests include assessment/evaluation, selection into training (with a focus on the intrinsic roles), and the psychological factors relevant to health professions education including the transfer of accountability including clinical handover.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program Credits

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for 8.5 hours. This program has been reviewed and approved by the University of Ottawa, Office of Continuing Professional Development.


Physician $985
Non-Physician $425

Cancellation policy

A $50 administration fee will be charged for all cancelled registrations and there is no refund for cancellations within 14 days of the first day of the course.

The course will be cancelled if the minimum number of registrants is not met. In this case, you will be notified at least one month before the start of the course.

Contact us
Practice, Performance and Innovation Unit (PPI)
c/o Education Coordinator
Telephone: 613-730-6275; toll-free 1-800-668-3740 ext. 275

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