Programs, courses, and interventions aimed at advancing interprofessionalism among students, faculty, and/or practitioners has consistently focused on models of differentiation - spotlighting what each individual profession uniquely brings to the table. Although this approach has advanced the field and scope of practice to some extent, recent arguments suggest that highlighting commonalities and shared identities among professionals and students may actually encourage a more through and sustained internalization of interprofessional values and practices. Emotional contagion captures that idea that emotions are contagious, that you can involuntarily catch them from others. Often described as a potentially problematic experience, we take an innovative and more positive approach to expand emotional contagion theory by connecting interprofessional practice and education with research on the sharing of emotions among athletic team members as well as neurological mirroring concepts. In short, we outline how this innate interpersonal phenomena reflecting innate human interconnectivity can serve as a conduit to cultivate commonality and personalization among healthcare professionals and health profession students. In doing so, we propose teaching tools and exercises to showcase emotional contagion in an interprofessional setting, classroom, simulation-based, or clinical learning environment, may advance interprofessionalism, lend to better health outcomes for patients, and even prevent symptoms of burnout for students and professionals.
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