Conducting Scenario-Based Simulations

June 13
UCSF Library, Room CL 220-223
530 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco CA


Simulation Education Skills Series
Conducting Scenario-Based Simulations

Led by:

Sandrijn Van Schaik, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Kanbar Center for Simulation, Clinical Skills and Telemedicine Education

Jenna Shaw-Battista, CNM, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Family Health Care Nursing
Program Director, UCSF/SFGH Interdepartmental Nurse-Midwifery Education Program

Cynthia Belew, CNM MS
Associate Professor, Department of Family Health Care Nursing


So you have your scenario and you have planned out your session, but how do you ensure that your simulation session is effective? In this workshop, we will review the concept of fidelity, or how a scenario can be made realistic.  We will address the roles that equipment, environment, and psychology play in fidelity.

During this session, participants will:

  • Learn how to optimize fidelity;
  • Discuss the pros and cons of the use of confederates;
  • Review various approaches to the instructor role;
  • Discuss common challenges and practice dealing with unexpected developments.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the concept of fidelity and its different components;
  • Create an effective learning experience by enhancing fidelity;
  • Anticipate common pitfalls in conducting simulation sessions.



The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The UCSF School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of three AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.
The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Course No. MGR14075