In the first Debrief2Learn podcast, we discuss a recently published paper by McMullen et al in Simulation in Healthcare entitled: “Debriefing on Demand”: A Pilot Assessment of Using a “Pause Button” in Medical Simulation.1 The paper evaluates a novel strategy that allows learners to initiate a short, within-event, debriefing at any point during the simulation scenario. This technique is compared to conventional debriefing, where learners reflect on their performance after the event is over. The study offers a unique and interesting spin on debriefing that is learner-centered, challenging the traditional practice of debriefing after simulation scenarios. The concept mirrors that described by Eppich et al,2 where within event debriefings, or reflection-in-action, is termed “microdebriefing”.
Then share your thoughts with us below: Do you practice within-event debriefings, and if so, how are they structured? For what types of learning events is debriefing on demand most effective? Will the results of this paper change your practice?
McMullen M, Wilson R, Fleming M, et al. “Debriefing-on-Demand”: A Pilot Assessment of Using a “Pause Button” in Medical Simulation. Simul Healthc. 2016;11(3):157-163. [PubMed]
Eppich W, Hunt E, Duval-Arnould J, Siddall V, Cheng A. Structuring feedback and debriefing to achieve mastery learning goals. Acad Med. 2015;90(11):1501-1508. [PubMed]