Lightning Talk

Debriefing Interprofessional Simulations in a Virtual Environment

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 1:05 pm - 2:05 pm EDT

The COVID 19 pandemic has presented many challenges to delivery of educational content but has also presented a unique opportunity to grow education in the virtual environment. This presentation will discuss the growth of virtual interprofessional simulation and will focus on debriefing techniques to aid faculty in getting the most “bang for their buck” out of their events. Discussion will include debriefing techniques particularly suited for the virtual environment, learner engagement, promoting communication, and tactics for debriefing with multiple facilitators.


This discussion is presented as a collaboration of the West Virginia Office of Interprofessional Education and WV Simulation Training and Education for Patient Safety (WV STEPS). The facilitators are Gina Baugh, PharmD, director of the Office of IPE at WVU and Adam Hoffman, Simulation Education Specialist at WV STEPS.We will discuss multiple techniques and their efficacy in virtual debriefing including: +Delta, GAS, Advocacy/ Inquiry, debriefing with good judgement, and circular questioning. We will also discuss techniques to aid in limiting technology shortcomings and improve learner engagement. Video clips of common virtual debriefing successes and challenges will be shown to allow for discussion on best practices.

Quality in debriefing is of upmost importance and we will discuss and describe methods to aid in quality improvement for debriefing faculty. Some of these include implementing the DASH tool or roundtable discussions before and after a simulation and how to mentor novices in the virtual environment.