TSDD Information page

A new experience in learning, a new conversation about improvement. Apply to participate in TSDD below.


Dates/Times for the next course are 7:45AM-4:30PM Tuesday, October 1st, Wednesday, October 2nd, and Thursday, October 3rd 

 UI Health Care Center for Procedural Skills and Simulation, in collaboration with the Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education and the Departments of Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and Nursing.


Participants in this course join a growing community of practice in health care that applies debriefing and/or simulation effectively to promote learning, teamwork, and patient safety.

Learning Objectives

  • Design, conduct, and debrief an interprofessional simulation
  • Contrast effective use and measurement of simulation versus didactic methods
  • Analyze health care teamwork skills in critical situations
  • Utilize communication styles of members of ad-hoc teams
  • Deliver effective educational feedback in a manner that promotes reflection
  • Describe how a "culture of inquiry" promotes resilience in teams and organizations.

 Course Topics and Activities (depending on instructor availability):

  • Learn DISC communication styles
  • Participate in simulations and teamwork activities
  • Work with experts to design simulations
  • Engage in discussions about how people think and learn
  • Network with others who are interested in simulation-based learning
  • Practice debriefing, difficult conversations, and advocacy/inquiry activities

 The Experience

‘Simulation’ can refer to several different types of activities. To provide an example of simulations TSDD will focus on, please watch this 5-minute video of actors demonstrating two simulations of a ‘code blue’ event in an airport. https://youtu.be/ISpPf1FXfiE

In TSDD, we design, participate in, and debrief such scenarios to learn how a team moves from the first run to the second and beyond. The course involves up to four hours of work beforehand for vital time to sleep on these concepts and a mixture of didactic and experiential learning. 

 As instructors and ‘simulation enthusiasts’ our hope is to apply these statements together with TSDD participants:

  • Teamwork is not just team spirit, it is a skill that requires practice.
  • Simulation is not a better PowerPoint: experiential learning promotes different abilities than didactic learning.
  • Debriefing is not a harmonious chat, it is a fearless joint reflection on perspectives.
  • Safety is not simply error-free execution, it is also training and resources to adapt to the unexpected.
  • Leadership is not brilliant control, it is humble building and using strengths. 

 Intended Audience

Health care faculty and staff interested in development of debriefing and/or simulation skills. Students are also welcome if their advisor or program director agrees this is applicable to their program or will be used during their time at UI.

 Special Note

This course is intended to be an immersive experience. We respectfully ask that you arrange to be off service and free of call responsibilities throughout the course. You must attend all three sessions of the course. To build cohesiveness we also provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks for all 3 days of the course. Al so please note, there will be 4 hours of required work to be completed prior to the start of the course.


Space is limited so we use an online application. The cost for TSDD is $300. Instruction on paying the fee by MFK or credit card will be sent out via email when your application is accepted. Payment must be received within 8 weeks of your acceptance or 20 calendar days before the course starts (whichever is first) to secure your spot. Contact Julie Hartman at 1-319-353-8701 with any questions regarding the registration.

 CME  Credit Potential

 Organized By

UI Health Care Center for Procedural Skills and Simulation and the Department of Anesthesia Simulation and Education Center


Dyan Anderson, BSN, Instructional Services Specialist, Center for Procedural Skills and Simulation

Heather L. Bair, DNP, CRNA, ARNP, CHSE, Assistant Clinical Professor, Associate Director, UI Anesthesia Nursing Program, Department of Anesthesia

Julie Hartman, DC, MS, CHSE, Operations Director, Center for Procedural Skills and Simulation

Janet Hosking, MSN, RN-BC, CHSE, Nursing Practice Leader, Nurse Residency Program Coordinator

John C. Keech, MD, FACS, Clinical Associate Professor, Director Center for Procedural Skills and Simulation

Paul Leonard, MD, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia

Julie Lindower, MD, MPH, Clinical Associate Professor, Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

Alisha Loy, BS, CRCST, Quality and Operations Improvement Engineer

Daniel Miller, MD, Clinical Professor Emergency Medicine, Director of Medical Simulation

Jane Miller, PhD, Associate Professor, Family Medicine, Director of OCRME

Brooks Obr, MD, MME, Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Tom Persoon, MS, Adjunct Assistant Professor, UI Colleges of Public Health and Engineering

Jeff Pettit, PhD, MA, Associate Professor, Associate Director of OCRME

Kokila Thenuwara, MD, MME, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia

Jeff Vande Berg, MS, Quality and Improvement Engineer

Joseph Vitelli BS, Simulation Specialist, Center for Procedural Skills and Simulation

Stephanie White, BS, Manager Anesthesia Simulation and Education Center

Mary Denmead, CHSE, Simulation Specialist

Dennis Befeler, Technology Manager