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Medical Education Programs

The Gordon Center is known for its emphasis on skills training, interactive learning and patient simulation through both technology and standardized patients - actors who portray patients. Using realistic "case-based" scenarios to train healthcare professionals facilitates the discussion of the humanistic aspects of medicine, such as communication skills and medical ethics, in addition to diagnosis and management.

The Gordon Center offers training programs in introductory clinical skills, cardiology, and emergency medicine. The Gordon Center also provides cardiology training programs for cardiology fellows, residents in internal medicine and family medicine, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.

The Gordon Center also offers a wide range of faculty development courses (iSIM) in simulation-based instruction, assessment and debriefing and research.

Faculty Development

Improving Simulation Instructional Methods (iSIM) for Simulation Educators

Guided learning through practical experience

This program is a collaborative effort of the Gordon Center for Simulation and Innovation in Medical Education (GCSIME) at the University of Miami and the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER) at the University of Pittsburgh. It is designed as an introduction to fundamental skills and abilities for delivering simulation-based healthcare education through a variety of techniques and technologies. The program emphasizes hands-on activities and active participation to maximize simulation-based instruction skill acquisition. The program is open to all medical professionals who are interested in improving their simulation-based instructional skills and is targeted at those with a background in healthcare education.

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Review and discuss methods of simulation, simulation technologies and simulation enviroments
  • Identify and incorporate evidence-based features that lead to effective simulation-based learning
  • Review basic design and development elements for constructing a simulation scenario activity
  • Identify simulation enviroment design requirements elements as they relate to required fidelity and equipment for simulation activities
  • Identify the elements necessary to use simulation for assessment and debriefing
  • Review debriefing methods for team training simulation activities
  • Implement fundamental strategies for debriefing healthcare teams

Contact Donna Fye for more information. dfye@med.miami.edu

About Our


Barry Issenberg, MD, FACP
Professor of Medicine

Director, Gordon Center for Simulation and Innovation in Medical Education (GCSIME) Assistant Dean,
Research in Medical Education Director,
Division of Research and Technology University of Miami

Paul Phrampus, MD
Associate Professor and Director

Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation,
Education and Research (WISER)
University of Pittsburgh

Jeffrey Groom, PhD, CRNA
Director of Clinical and Associate Dean

Simulation Programs and the International Academy for Clinical Simulation and Research
University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Studies

John M. O'Donnell, RN, CRNA, MSN, DrPH
Professor and Chair, Department of Nurse Anesthesia

Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program
Associate Director, WISER

Ross J. Scalese, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine

Assistant Director, Division of Research and Technology
Gordon Center for Simulation and Innovation in Medical Education


The Clinical Skills and Standardized Patient Program (CSSPP) supports the Miller School’s mission to empower our learners to transform lives and inspire them to serve in our global community. The goals of the CSSPP are to:

  • Facilitate development of clinical skills (CS) required to care for patients in clerkship phases and residency
  • Ensure one hundred percent (100%) student 1st-time passing of the USMLE Step 2 CS exam
  • Integrate CS education with basic, clinical, and health system sciences
  • Provide early, frequent, and longitudinal clinical exposure and robust competency-based assessment with SPs and real patients
  • Provide exposure to the care of diverse populations and under-served communities in a variety of health care settings
  • Foster self-identification of knowledge gaps and skills deficiencies to target remediation, and development of independent, life-long learning behaviors
  • Introduce evidence-based use of technologic innovations to assist with patient evaluation

Standardized Patients (SPs) are trained to accurately and consistently recreate the history, personality, physical findings, emotions, and responses of actual patients in simulated clinical encounters. SPs are interviewed and examined by healthcare learners and are also trained to present effective feedback to learners in a safe, controlled environment. The Gordon Center’s Standardized Patient (SP) Program manages all SP participation in educational and/or assessment activities for the Gordon Center. The SP Program administers all training, scheduling, case materials, etc. for the performance of a SP including, but not limited to, participation in lectures, student sessions, and exams.


The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is recruiting SPs in the training and evaluation of healthcare professionals, including medical, nursing, prehospital, public health, and social work trainees. As a SP, you may be audio or video-recorded during simulated encounters for quality assurance and training purposes only. No prior acting experience is necessary.

Candidates must demonstrate flexibility and reliability with scheduling and assignments, as this a part-time paid position.

Samantha Syms, MS, CHSE
Director, Standardized Patient Program