CAMES Surgical Simulation Masterclass


The CAMES Surgical Simulation Masterclass is designed to teach leaders and medical educators how to develop, implement, and run an evidence-based simulation program for surgical training.

Based on solid theoretical frameworks, the intensive one-week masterclass will have a practical focus on the use of effective and evidence-based teaching methods that allows participants to directly implement the learned skills in their own context.

Learn to

  • Design a curriculum
  • Develop dedicated custom-built training models
  • Use effective and evidence-based teaching methods for surgical training and simulation-based certification (mastery learning)
  • Plan and conduct research studies regarding surgical simulation
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Course Overview and Description

The CAMES Surgical Simulation Masterclass consists of intensive lectures, group discussions, workshops, and hands-on train-the-trainer courses with phantoms, virtual-reality simulators, and live animals. Number of participants is limited to allow for an intensive format.

Basic Steps in Curriculum Design

Designing a simulation-based curriculum, whether for a program, a course, or a single session, should follow a step-wise approach.  Kern et. al. outlined a six-step approach to curriculum development including:

  1. Problem Identification and General Needs Assessment
  2. Targeted Needs Assessment
  3. Formulation of Goals and Objectives
  4. Selection of Educational Strategies
  5. Methods for Implementation
  6. Evaluation and Feedback

Practical information

18-22 June 2018

Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation, Frederiks V ́s vej 11., 2100 Copenhagen

Who can apply
Surgeons with responsibilities in education
Simulation Centre Faculty
Medical Educators
Course Directors

Course fee
3,000 EUR

Apply here

Online form

Questions? Contact
Leizl Joy Nayahangan
Research Associate – Simulation and curriculum design
+45 3545 5424

Course Organizers


Lars Konge

MD, PhD, Professor.
Head of Research and the Simulation Center
CAMES Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark

Leizl Joy Nayahangan

Leizl Joy Nayahangan

Research Associate (Simulation and curriculum design)
CAMES Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark

Anne Mette Mørcke

Anne Mette Mørcke

MD, PhD., Associate Professor
Head of CAMES Rigshospitalet
CAMES Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Course programme

Monday 18 June


Overview of the program
Introduction of faculty
Introduction of participants
Tour of the Simulation Centre


General and Targeted Needs Assessment
Identify what your trainees need and want!

Workshop: Learn the ins and outs of performing a general needs assessment

Tuesday 19 June


Brief recap

Goals and Objectives
Formulate realistic goals and objectives!

Workshop: Competency-based Education and Assessment
Rather than time spent in the classroom, ensure competency through mastery learning!


Educational Strategies (Part 1)
Use surgical simulation based on solid evidence!

Setting up a laparoscopy programme
Setting up an Open and Endovascular AAA training programme

Social event

Wednesday 20 June


Brief recap

Educational Strategies (Part 2)
Observation of training programmes

Group work


Group Presentation

Custom-built training models
Be creative. Develop your own simulation training equipment!

Thursday 21 June


Brief recap

Make your simulation a mean, lean, organized machine

The role of medical students in simulation-based training

COST (Lunch Symposium)
Taking simulation-based training to the next level!


PHD Defense
“Simulation-based Abdominal Ultrasound Training”

Social event: Course Dinner

Friday 22 June



Publish or perish


Moving on from here!

End of course evaluation and Goodbye

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CAMES is a world class simulation center with dedicated state-of the art facilities equipped with virtual reality simulators, mannequin-based simulators, and wet-laboratories with provision for live animal and cadaver training. CAMES offers more than 50 evidenced-based training programs following the mastery learning approach and is a leading center for technical simulation research with more than 60 publications annually.

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It is the mission of Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation (CAMES) to stand for education, research and development with the ultimate goal of promoting the quality and safety of patient care.

It is the vision of CAMES to develop and provide evidence-based programs for healthcare professionals at a top international level.

CAMES Rigshospitalet was founded in 2004. It is a research, development and service provider for pre-graduate and postgraduate health education at the University of Copenhagen, and the postgraduate medical training at the Capital Region of Denmark. CAMES offers many courses including basic procedural skills, resuscitation skills, and patient encounter skills trained using simulated patients. Over the years, the repertoire of clinical skills was widened to include a variety of physical examination skills, ultrasound skills, and resuscitation at various levels, inter-professional skills, and patient communication skills. All courses are tailored to students’ academic years. The strong focus on technical (mainly surgical) skills distinguishes the centre from most simulation centres. Our Simulation Centre has a simple, yet crucial vision: “All doctors should practice before performing procedures on patients”.

CAMES has a strong research and development profile, mainly within medical education and simulation. During 2016, 6 PhDs and 62 scientific publications have emanated from CAMES and the research activity is steadily increasing.

List of publications

See a full list of CAMES publications here.

CAMES Surgical Simulation Masterclass is a collaboration between:

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