Walter J Eppich

  • 1986 Citations

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Research Interests

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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Research Output

A Conceptual Framework for the Development of Debriefing Skills: A Journey of Discovery, Growth, and Maturity

Cheng, A., Eppich, W., Kolbe, M., Meguerdichian, M., Bajaj, K. & Grant, V., Feb 1 2020, In : Simulation in Healthcare. 15, 1, p. 55-60 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
  • 1 Scopus citations

    Debriefing in der Kindernotfallversorgung: Grundlage einer verbesserten Patientenversorgung

    Translated title of the contribution: Debriefing in pediatric emergency care: Basis for an improved patient careHeimberg, E., Daub, J., Schmutz, J. B., Eppich, W. & Hoffmann, F., Feb 1 2020, In : Monatsschrift fur Kinderheilkunde. 168, 2, p. 130-139 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Managing psychological safety in debriefings: A dynamic balancing act

    Kolbe, M., Eppich, W., Rudolph, J., Meguerdichian, M., Catena, H., Cripps, A., Grant, V. & Cheng, A., May 1 2020, In : BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning. 6, 3, p. 164-171 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 1 Scopus citations

    From ‘them’ to ‘us’: bridging group boundaries through team inclusiveness

    Eppich, W. J. & Schmutz, J. B., Aug 2019, In : Medical education. 53, 8, p. 756-758 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    "learning the Lingo": A Grounded Theory Study of Telephone Talk in Clinical Education

    Eppich, W. J., Dornan, T., Rethans, J. J. & Teunissen, P. W., Jul 1 2019, In : Academic Medicine. 94, 7, p. 1033-1039 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Scopus citations