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Biomedical and Health Sciences Conference at the University of Iceland 2021

Guest Lecture: Driving Change in Healthcare: Simulation and Debriefing as Vehicles for Team Reflexivity



Adam Cheng

Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary and a Specialist in Simulation.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe the role of team reflexivity in healthcare
2. Highlight how simulation and debriefing can support team reflexivity
3. Outline strategies to maximize the impact of debriefing

Gaps in teamwork are a major source of medical error contributing to adverse patient outcomes. Many healthcare teams fail to capitalize on these errors as a potential learning opportunities.

Simulation-based education and debriefing represent powerful tools to support team reflexivity, or the ability of teams to reflect collectively on strategies, goals, processes and outcomes of performance.

In this lecture, we will explore how simulation-based education and debriefing enables team reflexivity. We will also discuss key strategies that maximize the impact of simulation debriefing through team reflexivity.

By the end of the session, participants will appreciate how simulation and debriefing can be used as vehicles to enhance team reflexivity, which will ultimately improve patient outcomes.

Meeting Chair: Engilbert Sigurðsson

About Adam Cheng

Adam Cheng is Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Canada.  As a scientist and researcher at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, he oversees a program of simulation-based research focused on improving outcomes from cardiac arrest. 

He co-founded the INSPIRE network, an international research simulation collaborative with over 300 institutions that has fostered the global dissemination of simulation-based research. 

He has served on the Board of Directors and was named to the Academy of Fellows in the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.  

He has provided leadership for various international simulation conferences and delivered lectures and workshops at conferences around the world. 

Dr. Cheng conducts research with interests in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and debriefing, and has led numerous multicenter simulation-based research trials. He has edited several textbooks and authored various American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation guidelines and scientific statements. 

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