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Team Effectiveness: Purpose and Use of Teams

1. Overview

  • A team is a special type of group
  • Teamwork creates synergy – where the sum is greater than the parts
  • Developing team working skills is essential for excellent patient care, meeting MD program objectives, and going above and beyond in life
  • Teams are used for a variety of purposes
  • Teams are smaller than groups, empowered to act, and members are interdependent and accountable

2. Why Teamwork?

"Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds" - SEAL Team saying

3. How Teams are Used

  • To provide advice
  • To suggest improvements
  • To handle special issues
  • To solve problems
  • To facilitate change

4. Definition of a Team

A team is a special type of group in which people work interdependently to accomplish a defined common goal which requires coordinated interactions to complete specific tasks

5. Teamwork is…..

  • Essential for delivering the best patient care
  • The essence of two MD Program Objectives:
    • Professional Development
    • # 6. Demonstrate the ability to work effectively and respectfully in an inter-professional team.
    • # 8. Demonstrate appropriate leadership approaches that enhance team functioning, the learning environment, and the delivery of care
  • A skill that transcends everything you do in life

6. Difference Between Groups and Teams


Note:  A teams is a special type of group that coordinates efforts to accomplish specific tasks

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