Seizing the teachable moment in interprofessional simulation-based education

Lecture by: Bridget O'Brien, PhD

Educators design interprofessional simulations to achieve defined learning objectives and core competencies. However, even highly-structured simulations can yield unanticipated, or emergent, learning due to group dynamics and diverse interpretations of the situation by participants. As educators, we face the challenging task of recognizing these unanticipated, but often high-yield, moments for interprofessional learning. In this presentation, Dr. O’Brien will discuss findings from a qualitative study of student learning through interactions during an interprofessional simulated patient exercise. She will share video clips developed through this research and engage the audience in a discussion of the teachable moments identified in the videos.

Bridget O’Brien, PhD has been a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, since 2008. As an Associate Professor affiliated with the Office of Medical Education, Research and Development in Medical Education unit (RaDME), she teaches and mentors faculty and learners in several programs, including the UCSF-University of Utrecht doctoral program in Health Professions Education, the Health Professions Education Pathway and the Teaching Scholars Program. At the San Francisco VA, she directs scholarship and evaluation for the Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education and a Fellowship in Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research. In 2015 she was selected as one of five national Macy Faculty Scholar, supported by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.