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Steven Yule MA MSc PhD

Lecturer in Surgery

Dr Yule is an Organizational Psychologist and Director of Education & Research at the STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston.  He holds a faculty position in Surgery at Harvard Medical School and an honorary lectureship in Psychology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He is also on faculty at the Center for Surgery and Public Health at BWH. His background training is in Psychology (MA, PhD) and Human Factors (MSc), and he held a faculty position in Psychology at the University of Aberdeen from 2007-2011 before moving to Boston.

Dr Yule's research aim is to improve safety and outcomes for patients by focusing on clinicians’ non-technical skills: the critical cognitive and social skills that underpin medical knowledge and expertise. He led the multidisciplinary team who developed the NOTSS (Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons) behavior rating system; a method of observing, rating and providing feedback to surgeons which is being used world-wide. He co-directs the NOTSS Masterclass run by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and has run several research projects on quantifying behavior and the psychology of workplace safety in healthcare and other high-risk industries. At STRATUS, Dr Yule oversees the educational component of simulation-based training for learners and advises faculty on curriculum development, course evaluation, and research design. His current research is on the impact that simulation-based learning and leadership, situation awareness, decision making and teamwork have on improving outcomes and safety for patients.



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