Montefiore Einstein Center for Innovation in Simulation Symposium

Teaching Skills Using Positive Reinforcement: The Journey from the Skinner Box to the Operating Room

In many fields, from past to present, skill training has been taught using teaching models that are primarily critical and often reprimand-based. There is another way: Positive reinforcement training.

We will teach you all you need to know about Positive Reinforcement Training, including: where it came from, how to do it, and how to use it along with a number of other interesting practices. This symposium is open and useful to anyone involved in teaching anybody how to perform any skill to fluency.

September 14, 2016
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (End time is approximate)
1200 Waters Place
Bronx, NY 10461


Beginnings: A short history of where this powerful new training method came from, how it developed, and what's happening to it now

Karen Pryor
Founder, Karen Pryor Clicker Training
Author, Nursing Your Baby and Don’t Shoot the Dog

The ABCs of Positive Reinforcement Training:  An overview of the science, power, and potential of training

Ken Ramirez
Executive Vice President and Chief Training Officer, Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Problems with Punishment as an Instructional Procedure and the Alternative

Julie Vargas, PhD
President of the B.F. Skinner Foundation

Skill Acquisition: When Time and Precision Matter

Theresa McKeon
Co-Founder, TAGteach International

Removing Ceilings on Performance: From Skinner’s Science to Fluency-based Instruction

Carl Binder, PhD, CPT
Co-Founder, The Performance Thinking Network

From Raising an Arm to Tying a Knot: Designing a Behavioral Experiment

Hannah Hoch, PhD, BCBA-D
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Barnard College

The Millennial Student: Strategies for Instructional and Learning Success

Mary Niemzcyk, PhD
Founder, Mastering Learning
Associate Professor, Arizona State University
Provost’s Teaching Fellow at Arizona State University

How the Brain Builds a Skill from Scratch

Saleem Nicola, PhD
Associate Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

From Rats to Residents: Teaching Surgical Skills Using Operant Methodologies

I. Martin Levy, MD
Professor of Clinical Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Residency Program Director, Orthopaedic Surgery, Montefiore