National Curricula and Training
SimLEARN Sponsored Training
Below, you will find a list and description of available training at the VHA SimLEARN National Simulation Center. In addition, most courses have a direct link for registration purposes that is only accessible to those within the VA network.
SimLEARN and the Palo Alto VA Health Care System offer training for VHA staff in the following topics:
Out of Operating Room Airway Management
This 2-day, face-to-face course combines didactic and hands-on simulation activities so participants can develop the skills necessary to design, develop, implement and debrief simulation-based OOORAM training in their work centers.
OOORAM Registration link
Code Team Simulator Instructor Training
The purpose of this face-to-face training is to address the gap of qualified clinicians who can facilitate Code Team training using simulation. This course combines didactic, small group and hands-on simulation activities so participants can develop the skills necessary to design, develop, implement, and debrief simulation-based health care training in their work centers. This training targets clinical simulation educators/instructors that have significant experience in dealing with or overseeing the function of Code Teams and who will have a substantial role or responsibility in performing code team training, including nurses, physicians and associated health care providers. This program is not designed for novice/aspiring clinical simulation instructors.
Code Team Registration link
General Simulation Instructor Course (Palo Alto)
The General Simulation Instructor Course allows participants to acquire the skills necessary to design, develop, implement and debrief simulation-based health care training for patient-centered interprofessional teams. The 2.5 day, face-to-face classes are intended for both novice and advanced beginner health care simulation educators across a variety of disciplines. The primary target audience is for ANY health care provider, and the secondary audience is anyone interested in utilizing simulation to improve patient care delivery and outcomes. Simulationists and technicians are also welcome. This course combines didactic, small group and hands-on simulation activities led by experts in health care simulation training. After the training is completed, class members will participate in scheduled monthly SimLEARN Community of Practice conference calls in order to assist them with implementation of simulation into the health care training programs at their facilities.
General Simulation Instructor Palo Alto Registration link
Introduction to Clinical Simulation (Orlando)
The purpose of this face-to-face training is to address the gap in qualified clinicians who can facilitate health care training using simulation. This course combines didactic, small group and hands-on simulation activities so participants can develop the skills necessary to design, develop, implement and debrief simulation-based health care training in their work centers. After the training is completed faculty members will participate in scheduled monthly SimLEARN Community of Practice conference calls in order to assist them with implementation of simulation into the health care training programs at their facilities.
ICSI Registration link
Central Venous Catheter Placement (CVCP)
The purpose of this face-to-face training is to address the gap of qualified clinicians who can facilitate Central Venous Catheter Placement (CVCP) training using simulation. This training supports the national effort to reduce the rate of infections and complications. Reducing the rate of this type of infection and its associated complications is a VHA priority. This course combines didactic and hands-on simulation activities so participants can develop the skills necessary to implement and debrief simulation-based CVCP training in their work centers.
Fellowship in Advanced Clinical Simulation
The purpose of the face-to-face Interprofessional Fellowship Program in Clinical Simulation is to develop leaders with vision, knowledge and commitment to advance, implement, teach and evaluate simulation-based training strategies to improve health care for Veterans and the Nation.
Women's Health care
This is a series of courses on VA's Talent Management System (TMS) to provide training to clinical providers in women unique diagnoses and procedures. There are emergency medicine courses to practice diagnosis and management skills for women presenting in urgent care clinics and emergency departments. In addition, there are courses in triage, managing sexual assault and how to properly perform breast and pelvic examinations.
The purpose of this training is to address the gap of qualified instructors within Veteran Integrated Service Networks (VISNs) needed to train clinical staff members at new and existing Tele-ICU facilities. This video teleconferencing course is taught by the VHA SimLEARN National Simulation Center to train clinical simulation instructors who will be training health care providers on how to use Tele-ICU technology to improve of Veterans in rural areas. The course includes facilitation techniques for presenting the Tele-ICU Provider Training curriculum, as well as assessing providers who attend the Tele-ICU Provider Training course
Musculoskeletal Instructor Training (MSK)
The face-to-face Musculoskeletal Instructor Training course provides primary care providers the knowledge, skills and confidence to provide musculoskeletal services and have procedural proficiency to deal with the most common musculoskeletal conditions. This includes Veterans with complex rheumatic diseases presenting to Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACTs) and successfully managing patients wishing a joint injection without referral to orthopedic specialists. In addition to treating Veterans with musculoskeletal complaints, the primary care providers who complete this training will function as instructors to train other primary care providers at their home facility.
MSK Registration link
Simulation, Technology, Operations, Maintenance and Practices (STOMP) Training
The purpose of this face-to-face simulation supported training is to address the appropriate competencies of Healthcare Simulation Personnel in the identified knowledge gap to operate simulation equipment provided through association with SimLEARN. SimLEARN designs and delivers medical simulation curricula dependent on the appropriate operation of simulation equipment for the achievement of course objectives. VHA personnel delivering the training sometimes need a better understanding in the daily operation of the equipment provided for training VHA health care professionals in the treatment of our Veteran population. This intensive, 3-day course is designed to give participants the knowledge and hands-on skill to operate, diagnose and repair deficiencies, as well as maintain the technologically advanced health care simulation equipment required to conduct immersive, plausible and immensely valuable medical simulations training. The course combines small group and hands-on simulation activities where participants can demonstrate the competencies necessary to accomplish simulation scenario activities. Participant will also participate in a Level 3 evaluation at three month and six month intervals to share efficacy information regarding this educational initiative.
STOMP Registration link
Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter Course (PICC)
This course is under construction and will provide standardized content based upon evidence-based practice and applicable standards from the Infusion Nurses Standards of Care and Practice. Starting from pre-insertion to post-insertion care, standardizing the course is advantageous to track PICC line data across the VA system as needed. Along with the course deployment, the train-the-trainer program will include curricula and an ultrasound capable task trainer.
Simulation with Nursing Orientation Modules
This course is under construction and will provide employees new to VA, or employees changing nursing positions, communication, interprofessional practice and team work practice opportunities. Nurses and other health care professionals enter VA with various levels of competence and experience. Through adding simulation with nursing orientation, the successful nursing employee will leave orientation with the basic knowledge and expectations to demonstrate critical thinking, locate service and facility resources, perform various procedures using simulation, and possess a basic understanding of collaboration with preceptors, nurse managers and other professionals in the practice setting. This course will be piloted at the Orlando VA Medical Center; results will be reported to the Office of Nursing Services’ National Nurse Executives Council
Point of Care Ultra Sound (POCUS)
POCUS teaches entry-level principles of ultrasonography for use by physicians at the bedside. The course has a hands-on simulation component in addition to didactic material on the principles of ultrasonography and its potential implications in developing and narrowing a differential diagnosis. While it will not produce experts in ultrasonography, it will, at a minimum, offer a deeper appreciation for the potential benefits of bedside ultrasonography and, at most, teach useful techniques that may be incorporated. The faculty for POCUS are national experts in point of care ultrasonography from various disciplines. Together with the SimLEARN team, the national POCUS faculty has developed a curriculum that is evidence-based and geared to teach learners from introductory levels to those with some ultrasound experience. The course is offered at the VHA SimLEARN National Simulation Center. VHA employees may view other courses and details on the SimLEARN Portal
POCUS Registration link
Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (FCCS)
The purpose of this face-to-face (FTF) simulation training is to address the gap in qualified clinicians who can facilitate fundamental critical support healthcare using simulation. This course introduces principles important in the initial care of critically ill/injured patients to physicians, physicians-in-training, nurses, and other healthcare providers who may or may not be skilled in critical care but who must care for such patients during early stabilization and in anticipation of the arrival of an intensivist, specialist, or pending transfer of a patient to a tertiary center. This program targets novice/aspiring medical simulation educators across varied disciplines. The primary target audience is physicians and nurses. The secondary audience is associated health providers that include respiratory therapists and pharmacists.
FCCS Registration link
Virtual Patient Simulation
SimLEARN offers branched-narrative online simulation learning, developed using the DecisionSim Virtual Patient Authoring tool. Courses are available through the VA Talent Management System (TMS).