Cultivating Interprofessional Facilitation Skills

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
Accreditation Information
The recording of this session has been accredited for Interprofessional Continuing Education credit (IPCE) as enduring material. After watching this recording, you may claim IPCE credit by clicking this link. Interprofessional Continuing Education Credit is available to claim through December 31, 2021. Please see details below.

Learning objectives:

  • Compare and contrast facilitation of interprofessional versus uniprofessional learners
  • Examine how your biases influence your interprofessional facilitation skills.
  • Practice facilitation skills for application in a variety of settings, including didactic and simulation.

Discussion of how we will address the summit theme (Innovations in IPE in the classroom) and subtheme (faculty development): Strong facilitation skills are an essential component of an educator’s toolbox. Many healthcare professionals do not receive formal training on facilitating student learning. Training sessions for interprofessional activities often focus on logistics (not skills), thus facilitators learn by doing or observing others facilitate. Additionally, uni-professional facilitation differs from interprofessional facilitation in important ways. Due to implicit bias and lack of immersive knowledge of other professions, it is essential that interprofessional facilitators have strong, evidence-based facilitation skills. This active workshop will allow attendees to practice their facilitation skills via simulations of difficult-to-navigate situations that are commonly encountered in interprofessional learning environments. Furthermore, because interprofessional learning spaces need to be inclusive and equitable, the scenarios addressed by this workshop will focus on facilitating situations when a perceived hierarchy, inequity, or unconscious bias is present.

An outline of the seminar:

  • We will highlight unconscious professional bias by asking people to write on the whiteboard what their favorite health profession is, other than their own. We will discuss how this is an unconscious bias and while it may be positive, it could negatively impact students if they are not a member of the “favored” profession. (7 min)
  • Didactic component (15 min) which will cover: Teaching versus facilitation, interprofessional facilitation skills, and unconscious bias
  • We will separate into breakout rooms, with each of our facilitators handling one breakout room. Our facilitators can pair up if there is a small group. (3 minutes for the logistics of entering breakout rooms)
  • We will have participants “act” in simulation(s) in the breakout rooms. We will debrief in the breakout rooms. Faculty will continually model excellent facilitation skills so that learners can see them in action. (25 min)
  • Large group wrap-up (2 of our facilitators will share take – aways from the small group) (10 min)


Skills and practical knowledge intended for the participants to gain include:

  • Improving interprofessional facilitation skills, including skills for co-facilitating and specific techniques for working with students from other professions
  • Reflecting on your implicit biases and how they influence your facilitation


Active learning strategies used within Zoom will be: polling, white board question use, breakout rooms, simulation, small-group discussion/debriefing, and large-group sharing.

Accreditation Details

In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (OICPD). The OICPD 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.

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

Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Nurses: Participants will be awarded contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.

Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity is approved for contact hours.

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