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