Delivering a Novel Medical Education "Escape Room" at a National Scientific Conference: First Live, Then Pivoting to Remote Learning Because of COVID-19

Chest. 2021 May 21;S0012-3692(21)00904-1. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2021.04.069. Online ahead of print.


Escape Rooms are gaining prominence as education modalities; the use of principles of game design have been shown to augment knowledge acquisition in a fun, team-based learning experience ("edutainment"). In this report, we outline some of the medical literature and then provide our step-by-step approach and lessons learned when building what was, to our knowledge, the first continuing medical education Escape Room at a national scientific meeting. We then comment on how this innovative educational offering was reimagined the following year for remote (virtual) learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keywords: education; escape room.

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