47th Annual Scientific Meeting
June 27-30, 2021

“Working Together: How Collaboration Enables Us to Better Help Our Patients”

Due to social distancing guidelines, live attendance is being limited to first 300 professional attendees

Course 4: Coaching for Surgical Greatness through Feedback, Debriefing and Deliberate Practice: An Interactive Course for Surgeons
June 27, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm PT
Live Only

Course Director
Christine Vaccaro, DO
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
COURSE LIMITED TO 20 Participants
**Course developed on behalf of the SGS Education Committee's Task Force for Simulation**

Through interactive didactics, the course will summarize the work of cognitive psychologists on how adults learn and achieve expertise. a. Content will be guided by the works of Anders Ericsson (Peak), Angela Duckwork (Grit), Charles Duhigg (The Power of Habit), Peter Brown (Making It Stick), and Carol Dweck (Growth versus Fixed Mindsets)b. Introduce SMART goals Present the PEARLS and advocacy-inquiry (A/I) model for debriefing a .Advocacy = Teacher’s perspective using first person objective observations (“I observed you do ….) Inquiry = to find the learner’s perspective/frame (“I wonder how you see it?”)The instructor establishes a “Stance of Curiosity” in which the trainees’ mistakes are puzzles to be solved rather than simply erroneous. Try to understand the learner’s frame. b. PEARLS: Observe an event (surgical sim / video playback), then use the PEARLS framework of debriefing: reactions phase, description phase, analysis and summary. Simulation: Receive coaching during practice of feedback/debriefing skills in a surgical simulation setting. Participants will practice giving feedback/debriefing (PEARLS and A/I styles) through a variety of simulated surgical scenarios (video playback, FLS skills, Surgical counseling, Fundamentals of Vaginal Surgery skills); and receive feedback on their performance.

Course Objectives:

  • Summarize cognitive psychology frameworks (deliberate practice, grit, self-reflection, etc.) for continual, lifelong performance improvement
  • Learn feedback and debriefing approaches (PEARLS, Advocacy-Inquiry debriefing, etc.)
  • Practice delivering feedback and debriefing through iterative coaching simulation sessions

Course Outline:

  • 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm: Educational Content (cognitive psychology, feedback, debriefing, video debriefing examples)- Grace Chen, MD Christopher Destephano, MD, MPH, Veronica Lerner, MD, Christine Vaccaro, DO
  • 2:00 pm-2:15 pm Break
  • 2:15 pm-4:15 pm: Simulation (practice debriefing in small groups with moderators; rotating every 30 min x 4 rotations) Grace Chen, MD, Christopher Destephano, MD, MPH, Veronica Lerner, MD, Christine Vaccaro, DO, Payton Schmidt, MD
  • 4:15 pm- 4:30 pm: Break
  • 4:30 pm- 5:00 pm: Future / Wrap-up / Course Feedback (future of sim, machine learning and the role of automation/ artificial intelligence in surgical coaching, crowd sourcing, discussion/role of standardized patients for faculty development/wrap up)- Grace Chen, MD, Christopher Destephano, MD, MPH, Veronica Lerner, MD, Christine Vaccaro, DO