One of the things I love about conferences is listening to “fringe” talks – those which don’t necessarily cover a review of a clinical topic but encourage us to look at our overall practice in a different way.
At the London Trauma Conference back in December 2014 I caught up with Dr Tom Evens – Tom is a post-CCT EM doc who has been working with the British Olympic rowing team as a coach and at the LTC he shared not only his experiences coaching in elite sport but also about the lessons he’s been able to translate from those experiences into clinical practice and specifically trauma care.
In the podcast we talk briefly about whether trauma can be regarded an elite sport and how we can be high performance (rather than world class) in looking after our trauma patients. Tom defines high performance as a process and an organisational culture in which we value “doing every small thing as well as it possibly can be done and making the best choices in every circumstance”.
We talk about how athletes use mental modelling, visualising and understanding the performance they are aspiring to and how we can use a greater understanding of metacognition (with references to great resources from Cliff Reid and Scott Weingart) and simulation to prepare ourselves for our “performance time” in the resuscitation room.
— Cliff Reid (@cliffreid) December 10, 2014
We also touched on marginal gains in Emergency Medicine and Tom’s experiences of learning from successes and failures as well as the cost of improving our performance through coaching.
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You might also want to check out the previous LTC podcasts
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