This session presents an overview of essential interdisciplinary team processes and skills. The session will include the examination and differentiation of models of team function. Processes for interdisciplinary cooperation (communication, coordination, conflict management, leadership) will also be examined. The format of this session will vary from lecture, to guided discussion, to the use of case-based vignettes will illustrate problematic team process. Participants are encouraged to play an active role in the session by working in teams to propose alternative, more effective strategies for negotiating priorities, mediating disagreements, sharing leadership, fostering understanding of roles, and overcoming obstacles. To conclude, participants will have the opportunity to complete brief, structured evaluations of their respective teams and to brainstorm ideas for improvement with the presenters and audience.
Contrast various models of team structure and function
Recognize characteristics of functional and dysfunctional teams
Delineate skills for optimizing interdisciplinary collaboration
Eastern Virginia Medical School