This month’s journal club was written by Karl Santiago, M’17, referencing a Simulation in Healthcare article Development for Simulation Programs: Five Issues for the Future of Debriefing Training by Cheng A, Grant V, Dieckmann P, Arora S, Robinson T, and Eppich W:

Simulation-based education is dependent on high-quality debriefing. Debriefing allows for leaders and learners to reflect on an encounter; explore mental models, procedural skills, and teamwork dynamics; and identify directions for improvement and deeper understanding. Given the crucial nature of debriefing sessions, Cheng et al. outline the current state of debriefing training and pose five issues for its future, with implications for individual simulation programs and the simulation community at-large.

Discussion Questions:

  • Think back to prior debriefings in which you participated: What worked well and what did not?
  • Should the debriefing process be standardized?
  • Do you invite constructive feedback on your debriefing from peers and learners?
  • How do we best assess the quality of debriefing?
  • Can debriefing within simulation programs support a culture of feedback medical institutions?

Reference:

Cheng A, Grant V, Dieckmann P, Arora S, Robinson T, Eppich W. Faculty Development for Simulation Programs: Five Issues for the Future of Debriefing Training. Sim Healthcare. 2015;10(4):217-222. doi:10.1097/SIH.0000000000000090.

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