Debrief Week – What, Why and When to debrief

Chances are that by now you’ve heard the term debriefing thrown around very casually. Chances are also, that you may not really have a great understanding of what exactly debriefing is. I’ll try this week to explain it better and we’ll hit the topic more in depth over the course of this week.

What is debriefing?

Debriefing is the processes that takes place after you have written and marked your simulation. It is a way to study from simulations. With simulations, you cannot just read the solution and improve significantly as you may have done in some of your University studies. Debriefing is a far more active process and this makes it difficult and hard work but this is what’s necessary in order to increase your probability of being successful on the UFE by reaching competence across the indicators.

Why debrief? As just mentioned, simulations are different types of examinations and you cannot just dump information into your simulation and expect good results. Like real life, simulations are not simple nor black or white and thinking is required. Because of these reasons, you cannot study only from the solution guide or by rereading your case after you’ve read the solution. The only way to significantly improve over the course of your study period is to debrief.

When to debrief? Debriefing is best done soon after you write and mark your case. The typical UFE study day involves writing your case first, have a study partner mark it and then debrief it on your own. You should not save debriefing for too far in the future as the simulation will not longer be fresh in your head. Although with writing comps you may have to extend the debrief over into the next day.

Please share in the comments: How has your debriefing experience been so far? Come back tomorrow when we’ll be discussing what you should learn from a good debriefing session.

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