Debriefing Real Clinical Events

Program Description


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

Debriefing real-world clinical events is different than debriefing simulated events.  The spontaneity, non-scripted nature of actual clinical events requires debriefers to be cognizant of the continuing duties of those involved, rapidly prioritize the issues to be discussed, and address legal and confidentiality matters. Discussion of such key issues is accompanied by multiple opportunities for participants to conduct debriefings and receive expert feedback from CAPE faculty on delivering constructive, objective and concise debriefings in the real clinical setting.

Learning Objectives

* State the differences between debriefing simulated vs real clinical events.

* Manage the pace of the debriefing to cover key issues and minimize any impact on ongoing patient care duties.

* Efficiently and effectively debrief key issues whether using a formal checklist or not.

*  Take steps to protect both your professional colleagues and your institution when debriefing real clinical events.


8:00 am Welcome and Introduction
8:15 am Debriefing Concepts & Strategies:
  Simulated vs Real Clinical Events
10:15 am Room Familiarization
10:35 am Break
10:45 am Exemplar Debriefing
11:15 am Simulation, Debriefing, Debrief the Debriefer 
12:15 pm Lunch (provided)
12:45 pm Simulation, Debriefing, Debrief the Debriefer 
1:45 pm Simulation, Debriefing, Debrief the Debriefer 
2:45 pm Break
2:55 pm Simulation, Debriefing, Debrief the Debriefer
4:30 pm Evaluations and Adjourn


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

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

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

Lisa Pineda, MSN, RN
Senior Simulation Specialist

Diana Powell, RN
Senior Simulation Specialist



Scheduled upon request



$1,270 per person; includes continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments.

Special discounts for Stanford Medicine affiliates available.

This program has a minimum enrollment of 6 attendees and is limited to 9 in order to maximize opportunities for hands-on practice and active learning.


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.