The importance of the environment in fostering learning is well recognized. Psychological safety is thought to be the foundation of the optimal medical learning environment and the key to eliciting maximal performance from medical trainees. Despite this, relatively little direct emphasis has been placed on this construct in graduate medical education and, specifically, in clinical pulmonary and critical care medicine education. This session will familiarize attendees with the concept of psychological safety, its benefits for the learning environment and the learner, and practical methods to foster it. We must be guardians of spaces that allow students to breathe, be curious, and to explore. – Brené Brown
1. Attendees will be able to describe characteristics of a psychological safe environment as well as characteristics of a psychologically unsafe learning environment.
2. Attendees will review best practices for fostering a psychological safe learning environment.
3. Attendees will apply these best practices to case-based scenarios.
Wade Brown, MD (Fellow)
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Rosemary Adamson, MBBS
University of Washington
May M. Lee, MD
University of Southern California
Lekshmi Santhosh, MD, MAEd
University of California San Francisco
Nancy H. Stewart, DO, MS
University of Kansas Medical Center