Work in Progress: Katherine Hicks, MD

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Work in Progress: Katherine Hicks, MD

June 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Work in Progress with 2021-2022 CLIME Grantee Katherine Hicks, MD

“A Just-in-Time Curriculum to Teach Critical Incident Debriefing”

Katherine Hicks, MD


James Wykowski, MD, Internal Medicine Resident

Susan Merel, MD, Dept of Medicine

Gaby Berger, MD, Dept of Medicine

Abstract: Physician burnout, in particular among physician trainees, is an area of increasing concern. Critical events, such as patient deaths and adverse patient outcomes, contribute to physician burnout and are negatively associated with provider wellbeing. Structured emotional debriefing is one method to mitigate the negative impact of these events and normalize positive coping strategies. For trainees the impact of critical events may be particularly profound early in their careers and the approach to processing these events may have long term effects on their professional identity. A comprehensive literature review revealed no existing structured curriculum focused on teaching adult medicine physicians to lead critical incident debriefs. Our novel just-in-time training will help internal medicine senior residents learn to lead brief structured debriefing sessions. Once trained, senior residents will use this format to lead debriefs for their clinical teams of interns and medical students. We will evaluate the impact of our curriculum on senior residents’ self-reported ability to lead debriefs and on the positive coping strategies interns and medical students learn.

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June 7
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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UW Medicine | CLIME
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