Walter J Eppich

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Walter Eppich, MD, PhD directs the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators (FAME) and Faculty Development for the Department of Medical Education. He uses qualitative research methodologies to study the contribution of conversation to learning for individuals and teams. He has taught extensively on basic and advanced simulation educator courses and serves as principal faculty at the Harvard Center for Medical Simulation. Walter has been an invited speaker on topics related to feedback & debriefing around the world. He served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare from January 2012 to December 2014.

In 2018, Dr Eppich completed a PhD in Medical Education from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. His PhD thesis was entitled "Learning through Talk: The Role of Discourse in Medical Education". His research program involves qualitative methodologies, conversational learning through debriefing and workplace interactions, team reflection. He collaborates with psychologists to study teamwork effectiveness in extreme environments and has traveled to Antarctica to perform field observations and interview research teams.

Dr. Eppich practices pediatric emergency medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

Certifications and Licenses

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Training Experience

2002Residency, Duke Univ. Medical Center
2005Fellowship, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Maastricht University

… → 2018

MEd, University of Cincinnati

… → 2007

MD, Heidelberg University 

… → 1999

Research interests

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Faculty Development
  • Graduate Medical Education
  • Medical Education
  • Pediatrics
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Simulation


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