Keystones Apex in Simulation-Based Education

Keystones Apex in Simulation-Based Education
Upcoming Course:
Mon, Apr 29, 2019 to Fri, May 03, 2019
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
Course Fee:
$2,500 + HST (member discount available)
Class Size Limited to:
Upcoming Course:
Mon, May 06, 2019 to Fri, May 10, 2019
Fanshawe College
1001 Fanshawe College Blvd.
London, Ontario
Course Fee:
Starting at $2,500 + HST (member discount available)
Class Size Limited to:
Upcoming Course:
Mon, Jun 03, 2019 to Fri, Jun 07, 2019
Room TBD
333 Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes
Gatineau, Ontario
Course Fee:
$2,500 + HST (member discount available)
Class Size Limited to:

Complete all coursework for a Keystones of Simulation Certification in 1 week!

The new Keystones Apex program is a 1-week intensive and immersive learning program in planning, developing, facilitating and debriefing simulation-based learning in healthcare.

Le programme Keystones Apex comprend également les formations requises pour obtenir une certification Keystones. Le programme est conçu pour les éducateurs qui souhaitent poursuivre une formation spécialisée et faire reconnaitre leurs compétences en enseignement par simulation. Ce programme soutient les participants qui cherchent à développer leur carrière en tant qu’expert en simulation dans le cadre de divers rôles (p. ex., éducateurs, dirigeants, professeurs universitaires, etc.). L’expérience Keystones repose sur le réseautage et la collaboration. Les liens établis dans le cadre du programme seront entretenus afin de favoriser davantage la pratique au sein de la communauté de simulation.

The Keystones of Healthcare Simulation is a certificate program designed for educators who wish to pursue dedicated training and recognition of their skills in simulation-based education. This program supports participants in developing their careers as simulationists, in roles such as educators, leaders, scholars and faculty developers. The Keystones experience is grounded in networking and collaboration. Connections made within this program will be nurtured to further develop practice within the simulation community.​

The Keystones Apex program covers all the coursework required to attain the Keystones Certification (additional independent reflection and project work is also required; see the Keystones Certification details for more information). Note: the fee for the Keystones Certification program is not included in the fee for this Keystones Apex course.

For those already enrolled in Keystones, or who have completed 1 or 2 of our courses and would like to participate in part of this program, please contact us via

Who will benefit?

Educators, quality improvement leads, and patient safety officers with an interest in simulation will benefit from this consolidated program that covers all the critical knowledge and skills to work as a professional simulationist.

*New: Student rates available - only applies to full-time undergraduate, pre-licensure, post graduate students and medical residents.*

What will I learn?

Keystones Apex covers content from a number of our other foundational simulationist courses. Key topics covered include:

  • An overall view of what simulation is, why it works, and what makes it work most effectively
  • The variety of simulation modalities available and their strengths
  • Creating simulations and writing simulation scenarios
  • Preparing learners for simulation, facilitating a scenario, and debriefing
  • Working with standardized patients and role-playing
  • The state of the science in simulation-based learning
  • Using simulation for interprofessional education

Learning outcomes & benefits

Participants will gain the practical skills that can be immediately be applied on the job. At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Integrate simulations into an educational program
  • Select a simulation modality to best meet particular learning objectives
  • Design, write and run a simulation scenario
  • Brief and debrief simulation participants
  • Advocate for the proven value of simulation

​Host Sites

The Keystones Apex course has been held at the following locations:

  • Georgian College, Barrie, ON
  • Trent University, Peterborough, ON
  • Fanshawe College, London, ON
  • Ornge Transport Medicine, Toronto, ON
  • Collège Boréal, Sudbury, ON (offered fully in French)
  • LHEARN Centre, Oshawa, ON
  • Mohawk College, Hamilton, ON

​Upcoming locations:

  • Fanshawe College, London, ON - Open registration
  • Algonquin College, Ottawa, ON - Open registration
  • Cégep de l'Outaouais, Gatineau, QC - Open registration (offered fully in French)

New offerings are posted and open for registration, unless otherwise stated.  Contact us if you're interested in being a future host site and would like to have your faculty or staff complete this program.