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FOAMonthly: Creating a Psychological Safe Space

Dec 17, 2018, 13:34 PM by Nick Olah
Simulation has an increasing presence in many EM Clerkship curricula. As we incorporate more simulation, it is essential that we remain aware of the importance of creating psychological safety for our learner.

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Creating a Psychological Safe Space

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Simulation has an increasing presence in many EM Clerkship curricula. As we incorporate more simulation, it is essential that we remain aware of the importance of creating psychological safety for our learners. This is particularly important when working with medical students who may have increased anxiety around simulation due the worry that the experience may be used as an assessment of their skills and mistakes may affect their grade. In this podcast from debrief2learn.org, Adam Cheng and Jenny Rodulph discuss how to create this psychologic safety. They emphasize the need to remain learner-centered throughout the entire simulation process and convey a positive regard for the learners through our behaviors. Specifically, they highlight the importance building a report by demonstrating transparency, establishing your own fallibility and maintaining a sense of humor.

Beyond this specific podcast, this website, run by an interprofessional group of simulation educators, serves as a resource to improve simulation and feedback. There are additional blogs, podcasts and debriefing tools to help provide evidence based resources to improve clinical and simulation feedback. This is an excellent resource full of ideas to improve your student’s simulation experience. 

Laura Welsh, MD
@laurawelshMD
Acting Instructor/Senior Medical Education Fellow
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine

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