Keystones Apex in Simulation-Based Education

Keystones Apex in Simulation-Based Education
Upcoming Course:
Mon, Aug 23, 2021 to Fri, Aug 27, 2021
Course Fee:
$2,200 + HST (member discount available)
Class Size Limited to:

Completely revised and modernized
Reflects simulation standards and emerging science
Available as a completely online interactive course

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A limited number of places are being sponsored by industry as a way of giving back to our sim community!
With thanks to Gaumard, Laerdal, Nasco Healthcare, CAE and Sentinel U.

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Complete all coursework for a Keystones of Simulation Certification in one course!

The Keystones Apex program is our flagship course, covering all essential topics and skills for simulation-based education. An intensive and immersive learning program, Keystones Apex covers 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 Certificate (additional independent reflection and project work is also required; see the Keystones Certificate page for more information).

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 [email protected].

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. The course is applicable to any health or human service profession.

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

Past ​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
  • Algonquin College, Ottawa, ON
  • Cégep de l'Outaouais, Gatineau, QC (offered fully in French)
  • Centre for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Learning (CICSL), Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC
  • Canadore College, North Bay, ON
  • Conestoga College, Kitchener, ON
  • The Regional Municipality of Durham - Social Services Dept., Whitby, ON

Keystones Apex Online

The online version of Keystones Apex covers the same content as the original in-person course. It provides an interactive and collaborative environment for learners with various activities and online applications to support interactivity at a distance – both with peers and with expert facilitators.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! Industry sponsored '2-for-1' registrations are available for the August 2021 online course! For details on eligibility requirements follow to our news page HERE.

Adaptation of Keystones Apex to the online format was made possible with unrestricted educational grants from:

To optimize interactivity and collaboration, we provide:

  • Interactive live presentations and discussions with an expert facilitator
  • Pre-class readings and activities with online course materials and content
  • Interactive group and individual activities & assignments
  • An opportunity to apply learning through developing and designing a scenario
  • Personalized coaching during the course to create a simulation scenario with the opportunity for additional coaching after course completion
  • Short recorded guest lectures by leading Canadian simulationists

By delivering Keystones Apex online, training for Canadian simulationlists is more accessible and affordable.

​Upcoming Dates

  • August 23-27, 2021 (ONLINE) - 1 week, daily online live lecture sessions from 1:00PM to 4:30PM ET (subject to change).
  • Please contact us for future available dates: [email protected].

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.