AEM Educ Train
© 2019 by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Traditional conference didactics may not be effectively meeting the learning needs of today's emergency medicine (EM) residents, and educators are employing various interactive approaches to engage learners. Escape Room is a popular adventure game in which participants must work together to solve a series of puzzles to escape a locked room. Our aim was to adapt this game design to teach core EM content and procedural aptitude. Upon entering the “locked” room residents were faced with a series of puzzles involving concepts such as toxicology antidotes, ventilator management, echocardiogram interpretations, airway foreign body removal, arterial line transducer setup, and using a cast cutter. Using teamwork and limited clues learners had to work together to “escape” the room. Afterward, a didactic summary was given to enhance knowledge retention. The Escape Room construct was successfully adopted as an engaging model to teach EM core content and procedure skills while simultaneously fostering team building. Feedback received was overwhelmingly positive. This unique alternative educational activity can be easily implemented at any EM residency program as an effective alternative educational tool.
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Faculty; Northwell Researcher
School of Medicine; Northwell Health