Simulcast Journal Club is a monthly series that aims to encourage simulation educators to explore and learn from publications on Healthcare Simulation Education. Inspired by the ALiEM MEdIC Series, each month we publish a case and link a paper with associated questions for discussion. We moderate and summarise the discussion at the end of the month in pdf and podcast format, including opinions of experts from the field.
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Title : “A Vulnerable Moment”
It had been 2 years since the simulation centre had opened and the champagne from the evening’s celebration was flowing freely. Nitin sat on the couch sleepily, one arm around a Sim Man in a party hat and the other holding his glass.
Across the way was Nimali, ever the educator, exploring with her fellow staff members the things they’d all learned together over the last 24 months. He could only hear the occasional murmur over the sounds of John Legend playing through the speakers, but the words “Name the dynamic” filtered through with clarity.
“Name the dynamic.” he smiled wistfully at Sim Man. “That’s not always easy to do, is it?”. Sim Man, for his part, made no comment.
Minutes later, Nimali walked up with a smile and jumped down on the couch between them.
“And what have you learned this year?” she asked Nitin warmly.
He gazed at her for a moment, and paused.
“Emotion before cognition, I guess?” he stuttered. He stared hesitantly at her expression, it seemed framed with curiosity, compassion, and perhaps…. Just maybe, a hint of understanding? He took a breath.
“I’ve learned that you care about people, Nimali. This stuff isn’t just words to you, you actually want people to thrive. I’ve learned that you show your vulnerabilities to help learners with their own…”
He cautiously edged his hand closer to hers.
“In this last year…. I’ve learned that I love you. I’ve loved you from the moment you explained to me the basic assumption and I realised you genuinely hold it for every person you meet.” His speech quickened, gaining confidence and honesty.
“I don’t know how you do that, how you can be such an expert yet so generous with your spirit. I struggle with that sometimes, I judge people privately a lot… but you…. I’ve never heard you say an unfair thing about anyone.”
Gently, cautiously, scanning her face for any hint of repulsion or interest, he placed his hand on hers.
“You’re my safe container, Nimali Jones. I couldn’t love you more if I”.
But his words were cut short as Nimali leaned forward and kissed him on the lips.
The Article :
Bearman, M. and Molloy, E. (2017). Intellectual streaking: The value of teachers exposing minds (and hearts). Medical Teacher, 39(12), pp.1284-1285.
In this month’s case study, Nitin allows himself a moment of emotional vulnerability in order to get close to someone he cares about, but in doing so he also takes a risk. In Margaret Bearman and Elizabeth Molloy’s 2017 article in Medical Teacher, they explore the benefits of ‘Intellectual Streaking’ whereby a facilitator is open and honest about their own knowledge deficits. As with Nitin’s romantic overture, it is a move that has potentially significant benefits to rapport building, but done poorly may also have some unexpected drawbacks.
So in this very special second anniversary of our online journal club, what do you think of Intellectual Streaking? Is it a sophisticated move that rapidly creates rapport, or can it shatter the respect your learners have for you?
And on a final note, thanks for sharing the last 2 years with us as we’ve grown as educators in a wonderful online community of practice. If you’d like to share something you’ve learned from journal club since we started, please feel free to let us know!