Debrief 2 Learn

As we move along the top shelf of resources for clinician educators it is inevitable that we come to Debrief2Learn. This resource is delivered by a powerhouse team that describes itself better than I ever could:

“We are an interprofessional group of simulation educators and researchers with a passion for feedback and debriefing. We aim to move simulation forward by studying debriefing and disseminating our findings.”

Led by their Editors — Adam Cheng, Walter Eppich, Vincent Grant and Brent Thoma – this website does a great job of providing access to debriefing research as well as resources that can help clinician educators put it into practice.

This is what you will find:

  • A large collection of research articles on all aspects of debriefing that are available under a Creative Commons license. This is a treasure trove! If you don’t know where to start, try Walter and Adam’s paper on the PEARLS debriefing framework – it is a must read for anyone who dares to debrief.
  • A curated collection of resources on debriefing – including presentation slides, workshop materials, videos, and other #FOAMsim resources.
  • A blog and a podcast

So, to get you started, here are some prime cuts from the Debrief2Learn blog and podcast:

  • Circular questions in debriefing with Michaela Kolbe — I hadn’t heard about the concept of ‘circular questioning’ until Walter told me about it at dasSMACC a few months ago. He interviews Michaela Kolbe to get to the bottom of it. Like many things in debriefing, it turns out you might have already been doing something like this if you’ve been around the debriefing block more than a few times. I sometimes use a similar strategy when debriefing a team of experts, especially when they know more than I do!
  • In situ simulation and debriefing with Glenn Posner — As an in situ sim ‘nut’ I love hearing from experts about how do ‘in situ’. Glenn Posner is an OB/GYN specialist who does what I call ‘guerilla sim’, a somewhat high-risk, high-yield strategy. His insight and strategies for mini-debriefs, especially with no or limited prebrief, are very interesting. You need to know your stuff if you’re going try this at home!
  • Data-driven clinical debriefing by Vinay Nadkarni — could this be the future? My experience with the use of monitoring systems to provide data as the focus of a debrief is limited, but I can see the allure.
  • NASA Debriefing Methods by Lou Halamek — Do you want to know how NASA astronauts do their debriefs? I know I do, especially after reading Chris Hadfield’s “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth”. It seems to me that debriefing might be the key that unlocks workplace culture allowing us all to learn from failure in psychologically safe environments.
  • Team Reflexivity by Jan Schmutz – Having met Jan in Germany recently, and becoming very interested in his framework for ‘team reflexivity’, it is great to be able to hear him talk about it with Walter. How do team’s reflect? They do it before action, “in-action”, and after the event.

Don’t dally, dare to do the dance and Debrief2Learn!

Chris is an Intensivist and ECMO specialist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne. He is also a Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. He is a co-founder of the Australia and New Zealand Clinician Educator Network (ANZCEN) and is the Lead for the ANZCEN Clinician Educator Incubator programme. He is on the Board of Directors for the Intensive Care Foundation and is a First Part Examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine. He is an internationally recognised Clinician Educator with a passion for helping clinicians learn and for improving the clinical performance of individuals and collectives.

After finishing his medical degree at the University of Auckland, he continued post-graduate training in New Zealand as well as Australia’s Northern Territory, Perth and Melbourne. He has completed fellowship training in both intensive care medicine and emergency medicine, as well as post-graduate training in biochemistry, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology, and health professional education.

He is actively involved in in using translational simulation to improve patient care and the design of processes and systems at Alfred Health. He coordinates the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes and runs the unit’s education website, INTENSIVE.  He created the ‘Critically Ill Airway’ course and teaches on numerous courses around the world. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and is co-creator of litfl.com, the RAGE podcast, the Resuscitology course, and the SMACC conference.

His one great achievement is being the father of three amazing children.

On Twitter, he is @precordialthump.

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