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  • Developing an Inpatient Relationship Centered Communication Curriculum (I-RCCC) rounding framework for surgical teams. BMC medical education Nassar, A. K., Weimer-Elder, B., Yang, R., Kline, M., Dang, B. K., Spain, D. A., Knowlton, L. M., Valdez, A. B., Korndorffer, J. R., Johnson, T. 2023; 23 (1): 137


    Morning rounds by an acute care surgery (ACS) service at a level one trauma center are uniquely demanding, given the fast pace, high acuity, and increased patient volume. These demands notwithstanding, communication remains integral to the success of surgical teams. Yet there are limited published curricula that address trauma inpatient communication needs. Observations at our institution confirmed that the surgical team lacked a shared mental model for communication. We hypothesized that creating a relationship-centered rounding conceptual framework model would enhance the provider-patient experience.A mixed-methods approach was used for this study. A multi-pronged needs assessment was conducted. Provider communion items for Press Ganey and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) surveys were used to measure patients' expressed needs. Faculty with experience in relationship-centered communication observed morning rounds and documented demonstrated behaviors. A five-hour workshop was designed based on the identified needs. A pre-and post-course Assessment and course evaluation were conducted. Provider-related patient satisfaction items were measured six months before the course and six months after the workshop.Needs assessment revealed a lack of a shared communication framework and a lack of leadership skills for senior trauma residents. Barriers included: time constraints, patient load, and interruptions during rounds. The curriculum was very well received. The self-reflected behaviors that demonstrated the most dramatic change between the pre and post-workshop surveys were: I listened without interrupting; I spoke clearly and at a moderate pace; I repeated key points; and I checked that the patient understood. All these changed from being performed by 50% of respondents "about half of the time" to 100% of them "always". Press Ganey top box likelihood to recommend (LTR) and provider-related top box items showed a trend towards improvement after implementing the training with a percentage difference of up to 20%.The Inpatient Relationship Centered Communication Curriculum (I-RCCC) targeting senior residents and Nurse Practitioners (NP) was feasible, practical, and well-received by participants. There was a trend of an increase in LTRs and provider-specific patient satisfaction items. This curriculum will be refined based on the study results and potentially scalable to other surgical specialties.

    View details for DOI 10.1186/s12909-023-04105-7

    View details for PubMedID 36859253

  • Developing a feedback-rich culture in academic medicine: the effect of coaching and 360-feedback on physician leadership. BMC medical education Schwartz, R., Weimer-Elder, B., Wilkins, E., Deka, D., Wong, S., Dang, B. K., Brown, R., Kline, M., Kwan, L. 2022; 22 (1): 733


    BACKGROUND: This is a time of unprecedented change in healthcare. More physicians are being tasked with stepping into a variety of leadership roles without having received the training needed to be an effective leader. Previous data have demonstrated the effectiveness of both leadership coaching and 360-feedback tools to foster physician well-being and leadership growth. In this proof of concept study, we explore the combined effect of these two tools. The objective of this study was to examine the effect of a brief physician 360 leadership coaching intervention on perception of professional dynamics and acquired leadership skills.METHODS: Participants completed a tailored 360-feedback tool to gather input on their leadership skills, then engaged in five bi-weekly leadership coaching sessions. We conducted a post-intervention semi-structured qualitative interview. Qualitative data were coded using an inductive thematic analysis approach.RESULTS: Twenty-three primary care physicians at an academic medical center engaged in the 360 leadership coaching study. Participants reported that the intervention yielded valuable benefits in five coaching sessions. Two overarching themes emerged: a Shift in leadership awareness and Navigating their environment. Leadership awareness included increased clarity of purpose and role, and recognition that routine feedback is critical to leadership development. Navigating their environment included gaining relationship-building communication, organizational awareness and navigation strategies.CONCLUSIONS: Combining a tailored 360-feedback tool with a five-session leadership coaching intervention provided physicians with valued support infrastructure for becoming more effective leaders. Physicians described a nuanced understanding of the leadership challenges physicians face, and identified the leadership tools needed to navigate the evolving healthcare delivery landscape. Curricula for physician leadership learning could consider this combination of a customized 360 plus targeted leadership coaching for training physician leaders.

    View details for DOI 10.1186/s12909-022-03809-6

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  • A Multi-Site Evaluation of Observer Roles and Telepresence Technology in Simulation with Prelicensure Nursing Students CLINICAL SIMULATION IN NURSING Dang, B. K., Johnson, B., Butzlaff, A., Gilbert, G. E., Schleicher, M., Palicte, J., Wood, A. M., Kardong-Edgren, S. 2021; 55: 86-94
  • Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression: An Immersive Simulation in a Large Lecture Hall JOURNAL OF NURSING EDUCATION Moore, D. J., Butzlaff, A., Rickman-Patrick, S., Dang, B. K. 2021; 60 (5): 301

    View details for DOI 10.3928/01484834-20210420-13

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  • Comparing Virtual Reality Telepresence and Traditional Simulation Methods: A Pilot Study NURSING EDUCATION PERSPECTIVES Dang, B. K., O'Leary-Kelley, C., Palicte, J. S., Badheka, S., Vuppalapati, C. 2020; 41 (2): 119-121


    Virtual reality (VR) could enable clinical simulation centers to reach the teaching capacity of traditional hospital practica. This study quantitatively tests VR telepresence against two traditional simulation learning methods using a within-subject design and the Presence Questionnaire. Eight nursing students were randomly assigned and rotated through simulation participation, VR observation, and television observation conditions, completing a questionnaire after each condition. Each condition had a significant effect on presence. Simulation participation yielded the highest perceived presence, followed by VR, and lastly by television observation. This pilot study probed for effect and feedback that will inform a larger experiment.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000496

    View details for Web of Science ID 000526696000015

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  • Assessing Simulation, Virtual Reality, and Television Modalities in Clinical Training CLINICAL SIMULATION IN NURSING Dang, B. K., Palicte, J. S., Valdez, A., O'Leary-Kelley, C. 2018; 19: 30–37