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Tuesday, February 28 • 9:15am - 10:45am
(BRIGHTON) Moving beyond the steps: Enhancing procedural instruction with Applied Cognitive Task Analysis

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Abstract Body: Introduction: Development of procedural competency is a critical component of resident education. Procedural competency consists of both the technical and cognitive skills (e.g. situational awareness and problem-solving abilities) needed to perform the procedure. Instruction in procedures tends to emphasize the technical steps; however effective instruction requires faculty to move beyond the behavioral elements and teach critical cognitive skills. Experts struggle to explain cognitive concepts and behavioral tasks because these skills become automated and are performed unconsciously. Applied Cognitive Task Analysis (ACTA) is a formal technique that can be particularly helpful in clarifying cognitive and behavioral processes in a systematic way. At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: Objectives and outcomes: 1. Describe how expert task automation impacts procedural education. 2. Describe how differences in novice and expert perspectives affect procedural instruction. 3. Use Applied Cognitive Task Analysis to identify behavioral and cognitive tasks required to perform a specific medical procedure. 4. Describe how the use of Applied Cognitive Task Analysis can impact instruction of procedures. Methods: This workshop reviews challenges in procedural instruction and introduces attendees to Applied Cognitive Task Analysis (ACTA). The workshop will begin with a demonstration of how expertise can impact task instruction using origami as an exemplar. Following the demonstration, the presenters will engage the audience in a large group ACTA using lane switching as an example. Participants will then breakout into small groups of 6-8 where they will complete ACTA on a medical procedure with facilitators guiding the discussion. The participants will return to the large group to reflect on their ACTA experience and discuss how ACTA could impact their instruction of procedures. Participants will receive a handout with bibliographic references and resources for how to incorporate ACTA into curricular design. Target Audience: Residents, fellows, and faculty interested in procedural education 



Assistant professor, UCSF
I am an associate fellowship director for pediatric emergency medicine. I have an interest in procedural education, evaluations using milestones and simulation.

Tuesday February 28, 2017 9:15am - 10:45am

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