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Escaping Stereotypes: An Escape Room Experience of Challenging Stereotypes to Advance Interprofessional Collaboration

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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Effective interprofessional teamwork and collaboration are essential to optimize quality and safety of care provision and health outcomes. Evidence suggests even before entering professional programs, students form stereotypical impressions of professional groups, which can set them in opposition to one another. An educational escape room experience was created based on the authors’ research which showed students interested in health professional careers are often socialized to consider the contributions of one profession over others at an early stage of career consideration. This perpetuates historical hierarchies and stereotypes and impedes future interprofessional collaboration. Moreover, students who held the most positive perceptions of health professions, outside of their chosen profession, had personal friendships/relationships representing that professional cohort.

This presentation will describe the development of an IPE mini-course, designed to challenge professional bias and stereotypes, that is offered to all health professional students. Students participate in online preparatory work related to professional identity and socialization, including completion of the Student Stereotypes Rating Questionnaire (SSRQ). The SSRQ is designed to collect data on student perceptions of both themselves and other health professional students. Students are then divided into interprofessional groups where they complete a two-hour escape room activity by working together to formulate positive messages about each represented health profession and confront any negative stereotypes.

The overall aim of this course is for students to learn with, from, and about one another to challenge stereotypes to enhance their future ability to collaborate. Students get to know one another outside of traditional hierarchical stereotypes and utilize identified individual and group strengths to solve problems collaboratively. Qualitative data and SSRQ pre- and post-testing measure the effectiveness of this intervention across nine areas including: interpersonal skills, leadership, decision making, and being a team player.

This research is being conducted as part of the CIHR funded study, grant #400785.

Accreditation Details

In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

As a Jointly Accredited Provider, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

  • Physicians: This activity will be designated for CME AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM through ACCME.
  • Physician Assistants: NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.
  • Nurses: This activity will be designated for CNE nursing contact hours through ANCC.
  • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity will be designated for CPE contact hours (CEUs) through ACPE.
  • Social Workers: This activity will be designated for social work continuing education credits through ASWB.
  • All health professionals: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.