Advanced Debriefing Program


Louis Halamek, MD, FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, CAPE

Nicole Yamada, MD, FAAP
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Associate Director, CAPE

Janene Fuerch, MD, FAAP
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Faculty, CAPE

Julie Arafeh, RN, MSN
Senior Simulation Specialist



Scheduled upon request

Program Description

At CAPE, we are driven by an unrelenting focus on improving human and system performance for the benefit of our patients. 

Debriefing a simulated clinical event is the key to improving individual and team performance and ultimately patient outcomes. CAPE’s debriefing model is based on lessons learned from colleagues at NASA, the FAA and other industries where the risk to human life is high.  CAPE’s full-day Advanced Debriefing Program is designed for experienced debriefers who wish to take their skills to the next level.  The program offers participants multiple opportunities to function as both lead and assistant debriefers. Each debriefing is followed by a “debrief the debriefer” session where CAPE faculty provide expert feedback to participants to enhance their ability to deliver constructive, objective and concise  debriefings.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how CAPE's debriefing model differs from other models in healthcare.
  • Conduct the debriefing in a professional, business-like manner, whether the performance was exemplary or highly flawed.
  • Focus Debriefing on:
    • the actions of the individual learner
    • how those actions contributed to the performance of the team
    • how team performance influenced patient outcomes
  • Develop strategies to:
    • replicate actions that facilitate successful human and system performance
    • avoid actions that are ineffective or harmful
  • Use a consistent and objective approach to evaluate debriefings


8:00 am Welcome and Introduction
8:30 am Scenario Design for Successful Debriefing
9:15 am Debriefing with Video
9:45 am Break
10:00 am The Challinging Debrief
11:00 am Moving Forward with the Debrief
11:30 pm Lunch (provided)
12:00 pm
Simulation, Debriefing
  Debrief the Debriefer
1:30 pm Break
1:45 pm Simulation, Debriefing
  Debrief the Debriefer
3:15 pm Simulation, Debriefing
  Debrief the Debriefer
4:45 pm Evaluations and Adjourn



$895 per person

$695 per person - Stanford Medicine affiliates; includes continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

Tuition is payable by credit card or check payable to Stanford University and is due upon confirmation of registration.

This program is limited to 6 attendees in order to maximize opportunities for hands-on practice and active learning.

Experience in debriefing is a prerequisite for this program.

Cancellation Policy

A written notice of cancellation must be received 60 days prior to start of this program.  A $75 administrative fee will be assessed at this time.

30-59 days: 50% of paid registration is refundable.

30 days or less: Non-refundable. 

Stanford University School of Medicine reserves the right to cancel this program; in the event of cancellation, course fees will be fully refunded.