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Maximizing Interprofessional Teamwork in Clinical Care, Education and Research

Everywhere you look in academic medicine today major initiatives are underway that require fundamental changes in the way people work together. Effective teamwork takes a lot more than a group of individuals skillfully carrying out their specialized tasks. It requires interdependence: the ability of the team members to develop a system perspective, to understand how their respective work processes intersect, and to be responsive to each other’s changing needs and circumstances. What’s more, they need to be able to do this in real time, under conditions of performance pressure and uncertainty.

Brandeis University professor Jody Hoffer Gittell developed a theory of interdependent functioning called Relational Coordination (RC). This body of research has been used to demonstrate that teams or organizations with a high level of RC achieve higher quality, work more efficiently, better satisfy their customers/patients, and enjoy greater worker satisfaction and resilience. RC is now being used extensively to improve teamwork and performance worldwide in healthcare settings.

This one and a half day workshop will be facilitated by experts in healthcare and Relational Coordination, Anthony Suchman, MD, MA and Diane Rawlins, MA, LMHC. You will participate in hands-on activities to learn specific approaches to improve Relational Coordination on your teams and foster a higher level of effectiveness. If you are an organizational or team leader and want to learn a new framework for taking performance to a higher level, this unique workshop is for you.

Read Anthony Suchman's article, When Teammates Don't Connect, Learning to Manage Interdependence .

Who Should Attend?

Formal and informal leaders, regardless of title, who are responsible for driving the effectiveness and productivity of interprofessional and/or cross-disciplinary teams. Examples of leaders that will benefit greatly from this workshop include, but are not limited to, research deans and leaders of cross-disciplinary research projects; education deans, course directors, and faculty in interprofessional programs; deans for clinical affairs, internal HR or OD professionals, and project managers.

Upcoming Workshops

Learning Objectives

At the completion of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of interdependent functioning in achieving higher team performance, efficiency and satisfaction
  • Describe the seven factors that enable individuals or workgroups to effectively coordinate their work
  • Identify a framework and specific approaches for applying the theory of RC to improve the results of cross-functional, inter-professional and/or inter-disciplinary teams

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