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Debra Nestel is Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare, Monash University, and Professor of Surgical Education, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Debra was Founding Editor in Chief, Advances in Simulation (www.advancesinsimulation.com), the journal of the SESAM.

Debra is Editor in Chief, BMJ STEL, the journal of ASPiH.

She is program lead for the Masters of Surgical Education (Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) and the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation. Debra leads a national program for simulation educators – NHET-Sim (www.nhet-sim.edu.au) and a virtual network in simulated patient methodology (http://www.simulatedpatientnetwork.org/).

Debra has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in simulation and health professions education, edited books on simulated patient methodology (2015), healthcare simulation (2017), surgical education (late 2017) research methods for healthcare simulation (2019) and is editing a major reference work on clinical education.




External positions

Professor of Surgical Education, University of Melbourne

1 Apr 2016 → …

Research area keywords

  • Clinical Communication
  • Debriefing
  • Distributed Simulation
  • Feedback
  • Healthcare Simulation
  • Medical Education
  • Patient Focused Simulation
  • Simulation


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