Simulation debriefing—for wilderness medicine and rescue courses
Author: Dr. Steve Truong
Simulation training is a technique for practice and learning that is used in many different fields. Wilderness first aid and wilderness medicine are no different and in my experience most wilderness first and wilderness medicine courses now include simulation-based learning. But if simulation provides the opportunity for practice, it is through discussion during debriefing phase that participants reflect and learn.
Wilderness medicine podcast
There are different tools and approaches to simulation debriefing. Drawing from the healthcare simulation world, on this podcast we will go over one of these tools today: the Promoting Excellence and Reflective Learning in Simulation or PEARLS framework.
Now onto the podcast!
PEARLS debriefing tool
Here is a pocket card of the PEARLS debriefing tool—you can download PDF files of these on the Debrief2Learn website.
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