Phase III - Expertise in Practice

Phase III occurs during the latter portion of a student’s curriculum and promotes the application of interprofessional skills and competencies required in a clinical practice or community setting. Students participating in Phase III are typically at the point in their educational program in which they are participating in rotations or community-based training experiences.

Phase III consists of two activities and a debriefing session. The first activity is an interprofessional team observation and reflection activity, that students complete prior to the Phase III session itself. This activity should be completed on their own time, after having observed an interprofessional team interaction during their rotation or community-based training experience. This activity provides students with an opportunity to individually reflect upon the importance of good teamwork, communication and collaboration skills, based upon their observations in the practice setting.
The second activity that has been integrated into Phase III is a simulated, interprofessional learning activity called the ‘Advanced Interprofessional Escape Room.’ Students engage in this activity during the first hour of their Phase III debriefing session, during which they will have the opportunity to practice developing some of their own teamwork, communication and collaboration skills with an interprofessional group of students. Escape rooms are a current fad sweeping across the nation in which teams of players are usually “locked” in a room and have to solve a series of puzzles serially or in parallel to “escape” the room. This escape room concept was adapted to healthcare with the intention that teams of interprofessional students would work together to complete challenges found within the room. 
A faculty-led, interprofessional debriefing then takes place following the escape room activity. This interprofessional debriefing discussion provides students with the opportunity to share their experiences and reflections regarding their rotation experience as well as their experience with the escape room activity with an interprofessional group of students. This creates a unique opportunity for students to learn about other perspectives and experiences relating to teamwork and collaborative care both in the practice setting and in the simulated escape room activity.

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Are you a student participating in Phase III?

The Phase III experience will build on your knowledge of roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication and teamwork in the practice setting. It will also allow you to practice working on your individual skills in a simulated interprofessional activity with your peers, and reflect and debrief with a faculty facilitator in a group setting. 

Please review the Phase III components detailed below and follow the step-by-step guide provided.  The pre-work assignments will help to frame the team interactions and observations you experienced through a lens focused on interprofessional collaboration and team-based care, which will, in turn, help you to improve your own teamwork skills as you work toward becoming a collaboration-ready health care professional!

Phase III Components:

  • Online Pre-work: Two online forms must be completed prior to participating in the in-person component of Phase III.
      • IPE Activity Form: This interprofessional observation and reflection activity tool provides students with a clear assignment that helps them to increase their awareness and understanding of teamwork and collaborative care as they are actively participating in clinical rotations or field experiences. 
      • Advanced IPE Escape Room Intention Questions:  This survey will help students to consider what individual skills or learning objectives they might have for themselves when participating in the interprofessional escape room activity.
  • In-person Interprofessional Debriefing Session:  held on the Twin Cities, Duluth and Rochester campuses (See upcoming dates on the Interprofessional Events Calendar). Each 2-hour Phase III debriefing session includes:
      • Advanced Interprofessional Escape Room activity (see description at the top of this page)
      • Interprofessional Debriefing and Discussion
  • Online Assessment & Evaluation: Three online forms will be used to assess student learning and evaluate the effectiveness of Phase III.
      • Self-assessment (ICCAS)
      • Evaluation (End of Activity)
      • Advanced Escape Room Evaluation 

Step-by-Step Guide to Phase III

Once you are notified by your school/program that your rotation will include a Phase III interprofessional requirement, please complete the following:

  1. Register for your interprofessional debriefing session on the campus of your choice. 
  2. Before your interprofessional debriefing session takes place, log into the 1Health interprofessional data management system using your UMN x.500 and password, click on the ‘My Current Curriculum’ tile, and then complete the two required Phase III Pre-work forms – the IPE Activity Form and Advanced IPE Escape Room Intention Form.
  3. Attend the Phase III debriefing session and participate in the Advanced Interprofessional Escape Room activity as well as the faculty-led debriefing and discussion.
  4. Complete Phase III assessment and evaluation forms in the 1Health interprofessional data management system.

Register for a Phase III Interprofessional Debriefing Session

Follow the instructions below to register for an interprofessional facilitation training session.  We have scheduled the Phase III debriefing sessions to occur at regular intervals on the Twin Cities, Rochester and Duluth campuses for your convenience. You will be given the option to select your preferred debriefing session date/location within registration page.

Step 1 - Click here:
Step 2 - Select school/program and preferred debriefing session, then click 'Sign Me Up'
Step 3 - Log into the 1Health database with UMN x.500 and password - this will complete the Phase III registration process

Once a student is registered for a Phase III debriefing session, the student will receive an email reminder two weeks prior to the session date with instructions for completing Phase III pre-work, as well as the specific date, time and room location for the debriefing session and escape room activity.  The 1Health team will also send a follow-up email to students one week prior to the session for which they are registered.

Questions regarding Phase III registration?  Please contact