Establishing an evaluation tool for trauma team leader performance during trauma resuscitation

Faiz Tuma MD, FACS, FRCSC, Aussama Nassar MD, FACS, FRCSC, Theresa Elder BS, Susan Reid MD, FRCSC


Introduction: Trauma training is an important part of medical and surgical education. Evaluation of training is an essential part of medical education. A formal valid assessment method for trauma training is not available. The purpose of this study is to establish a formal and scientifically-based Trauma Team Leader Evaluation Tool.

Methods and Results: A literature review was conducted on the assessment of trauma team leaders. The available published studies were reviewed and assessed, as well as references on the principles and practice of assessment methods used in medical education. Input on points of assessment was obtained from trauma team leaders at the Hamilton General Hospital. An evaluation form was formulated with five domains, each containing five items. Definitions of the domains and items were clarified and attached to the form. The form was reviewed and revised by trauma team leaders of adult trauma and education leaders in pediatric trauma at Hamilton General Hospital and Health Science Education Program McMaster University and then finalized based on the discussed suggestions.

Conclusions: Assessment of trauma team leader performance is an important part of trauma training and feedback. Developing an assessment tool involves a comprehensive process that needs review, input, and participation from various sources related to trauma. More work to validate the tool will be needed to evaluate its utility.

Keywords: Trauma, teamwork, team leader, medical eduation, assessment methods

Article citation: Tuma F, Nassar A, Elder T, Reid S. Establishing an evaluation tool for trauma team leader performance during trauma resuscitation. The Southwest Respiratory and Critical Care Chronicles 2019;7(28):38–43
From: Central Michigan University College of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Saginaw, MI (FT, TE); Stanford University, Department of Surgery, Stanford, CA (AN); McMaster University, Department of Surgery, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (SR)
Submitted: 1/26/2019
Accepted: 4/3/2019
Reviewers: Sanket Thakore MD, Anuj Shah MD
Conflicts of interest: none
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