Teaching Before, During, and After a Surgical Resuscitation

Surg Clin North Am. 2024 Apr;104(2):451-471. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2023.10.004. Epub 2023 Oct 28.


Teaching during a surgical resuscitation can be difficult due to the infrequency of these events. Furthermore, when these events do occur, the trainee can experience cognitive overload and an overwhelming amount of stress, thereby impairing the learning process. The emergent nature of these scenarios can make it difficult for the surgical educator to adequately teach. Repeated exposure through simulation, role play, and "war games" are great adjuncts to teaching and preparation before crisis. However, surgical educators can further enhance the knowledge of their trainees during these scenarios by using tactics such as talking out loud, targeted teaching, and debriefing.

Keywords: Education; Learning; Resuscitation; Teaching; Trauma.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Learning*
  • Resuscitation / education
  • Teaching*