Co-debriefing for simulation-based education: A primer for facilitators

Adam Cheng*, Janice Palaganas, Walter Eppich, Jenny Rudolph, Traci Robinson, Vincent Grant

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As part of simulation-based education, postevent debriefing provides an opportunity for learners to critically reflect on the simulated experience, with the goal of identifying areas in need of reinforcement and correcting areas in need of improvement. The art of debriefing is made more challenging when 2 or more educators must facilitate a debriefing together (ie, co-debriefing) in an organized and coordinated fashion that ultimately enhances learning. As the momentum for incorporating simulationbased health care education continues to grow, the need for faculty development in the area of co-debriefing has become essential. In this article, we provide a practical toolbox for co-facilitators by discussing the advantages of co-debriefing, describing some of the challenges associated with co-debriefing, and offering practical approaches and strategies to overcome themost common challenges associatedwith co-debriefing in the context of simulation-based health care education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-75
Number of pages7
JournalSimulation in Healthcare
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 17 2015


  • Co-debriefing
  • Co-facilitation
  • Debriefing
  • Education
  • Facilitation
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Modeling and Simulation


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