Chris Hicks

Chris is an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a clinician educator and education research scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute,
and an appointee at the International Centre for Surgical Safety, with a program of research that focuses on simulation-based psychological skills training, human factors and patient safety. Chris is an avid speaker and lecturer, staunch #FOAMed supporter, and is thrilled to be taking part in his third SMACC.

 

Making Complex Problems Simple

Resuscitation is complicated, but the solutions don’t have to be. These are the psychological hacks that will help you conquer complexity and excel in dynamic environments.

 

Learning from Sim Part II: Critical Moments in the Emergency Department

“Emotion has a profound effect on decision-making. As scientists and rational beings, we like to believe that we can control our emotions and make good decisions regardless of the context in which those decisions must be executed — The reality is, that’s far from the truth. Furthermore, we rarely take the opportunity to deliberately examine how emotional valence can influence the choices we make, or how we sort and process information as clinicians. Simulation-based training often provokes strong emotions, both positive and negative, whether we intend it to or not. Sim may be an ideal tool for eliciting challenging emotions — anger, fear, anxiety, joy, prejudice — and developing skills to manage them in real time. Breathe, make better decisions.

In Day Two of the Learning from Sim series, the story continues as our patient transitions from the pre-hospital to the emergency department.”

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