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TeamSTEPPS™ and Narrative Medicine: Increasing Awareness of “Teamwork” on the OBGYN Core Rotation
2012 ASL Abstract
The purpose of this project was to design and evaluate a pilot curriculum to increase students’ awareness of teamwork.
Design: Students began their ObGyn clerkship by writing an essay about a teamwork experience and completing a survey using a TeamSTEPPS™ tool of 25 potential team behaviors. A lecture and discussion of TeamSTEPPS™ followed. At the close of the rotation, they repeated the essay and survey exercises on observed teamwork behaviors. Surveys were scored for number of team behaviors; essays were analyzed for relevant themes.
Seven medical students participated in the clerkship and each step of the project. The average number of team behaviors identified increased from 19 to 22. Essays revealed themes on mutual support, communication, role clarity and situation monitoring.
A formal curriculum on team work increased students’ awareness of specific team behaviors and the entire experience was highly appreciated.
2012, Clerkship Director, Systems-Based Practice & Improvement, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, UME, Quality & Safety, Independent Study,