Don’t Forget the Pre-Brief!

Tue, 2013-03-26 20:23 -- Tim Willett

The pre-brief is an essential, though sometimes overlooked, part of any simulation course.

The pre-brief is an essential, though sometimes overlooked, part of any simulation course. Not only is it an opportunity for learner/instructor introductions and a review of the course objectives and expectations, but it is also the first opportunity for the instructor to “set the tone” for the simulation session. This is the time to talk about confidentiality, experiential learning, and to ensure that learners understand their roles and those of the instructor.

Setting up a “safe” and engaging environment for learning in the simulator is a crucial component to any successful simulation course, and the pre-brief is where you do it! (Author: Michelle Chiu) (Reference: The Center for Medical Simulation. Debriefing Assessment for Simulation in Healthcare (DASH) Rater’s Handbook).

Comments

Submitted by rf37 on

I would like to start my reply by thanking the Ontario Simulation Network for this opportunity to connect with simulation communities across the world. I very much liked your post Tim and have the following to add:

Pre-brief sets the stage for an engaged/ immersed student. It requires students to come prepared to the simulation lab - simulation is about applying didactic knowledge and reflecting on performance. Also, pre-brief prepares students "psychologically". Students know what is expected of them and are not left in the dark. Furthermore, pre-brief eliminates some of the fears of failure. Finally, it re-enforces the necessity and requirement of a safe environment, forbidden from ridicule or ramifications (learning and not evaluation unless otherwise specified). This is the reason for simulation; i.e., facilitation of learning.