Learning through Talk: Exploring Synergies between Simulation and Workplace Learning

Weekly Webinars: Connecting and Learning with CMS

Duration Duration: 1 Hour 2 Minutes
Free Open Access Materials > Debriefing, Faculty Development, Feedback, Webinars On-Demand

Recorded: June 3, 2020

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Talk as joint social activity impacts communication practices, learning, and patient care. This session explores the important role of talk in health professions education. We can steer the talk of practice through formal means but also through informal means by fostering psychological safety through supportive relationships and learning environments. Lessons learned from healthcare debriefing will help us identify ways to address the ‘process’ and ‘content’ of talk of clinical practice to promote learning and patient care. These synergies have practical applications for learning conversations in workplace and simulation settings in three key ways: how we design curricula, how we develop faculty, and how we support learners.

Learning Objectives:

Following this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define ‘talk’ and its role in clinical education
  • Discuss how simulation and workplace talk inform each other
  • Explain how talk contributes to team inclusiveness


Demian Szyld

Demian Szyld, MD, EdM
Senior Director, Faculty Development Program
Center for Medical Simulation, Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Szyld is an Emergency Medicine physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and a Lecturer at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Szyld was the first Simulation and Education Fellow at the STRATUS Simulation Center at BWH and is actively involved in the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and has chaired the Formal Training Affinity Group, led the Affiliations Committee and served as an Accreditation Site Reviewer and completed a term on the Board of Directors (2016-2019).


Walter Eppich

Walter Eppich, MD, PhD
Principal Faculty
Center for Medical Simulation, Boston, Massachusetts
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Director, Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators (FAME)
Director of Faculty Development, Department of Medical Education
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) and Medical Education

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Eppich has taught extensively on basic and advanced simulation educator courses. He has served as an invited speaker on topics related to simulation, feedback, and debriefing around the world. His research involves qualitative methodologies, team reflexivity, healthcare debriefing, and teamwork in extreme environments. He focuses on how talk within teams influences learning and performance in both simulated and clinical workplace settings. Dr. Eppich has co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. In the spring 2018, he completed a field campaign to Antarctica to study teamwork in polar research teams. From 2012-2014 Dr. Eppich served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. In 2019, Dr. Eppich was named a medical education research fellow at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.