Quality of dictated feedback associated with SIMPL operative assessments of pediatric surgical trainees

Benjamin Zendejas, Ayca Toprak, Amanda W Harrington, Craig W Lillehei, Biren P Modi, 

Am J Surg. 2020 Oct 10



SIMPL is a workplace-based operative performance assessment tool which allows for dictated feedback (DF). To better understand the value of DF, we sought to characterize the type and quality of DF generated during SIMPL evaluations.


Thematic analysis of DF from SIMPL assessments between June 2017 and December 2018 at a single pediatric surgery fellowship program was performed. Comments were categorized as specific, encouraging or corrective. Categories were combined to determine DF quality as effective, mediocre or ineffective.


Of 781 SIMPL assessments (21 faculty, 5 trainees), 451 (57%) had DF. Most comments were encouraging (93%) and specific (65%). Only 21% were corrective, 17% had entrustment features, and 8% had an explicit learning plan. Feedback quality was deemed mediocre (45%), ineffective (33%) and effective (21%).


SIMPL dictated feedback was mostly encouraging and specific. To improve quality, feedback should incorporate learning plans as well as corrective and entrustment features.

Full Article: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33051067/  

PMID: 33051067.