Developing and supporting multidisciplinary health care team training

There is a growing emphasis in health and health care on interdisciplinary team work as fundamental to quality care and services. Yet bringing team work skills into academic medicine has proven difficult. The purpose of this project is to assemble a team of scholars in professional development to design, deliver and evaluate a six-month program to improve the skills of health professions faculty to model and teach team work skills to their peers and students. The Foundation's Human Capital Portfolio has funded work in interdisciplinary education previously. This project, however, differs in that it is focused on increasing faculty skills, rather than student skills, and has the potential to improve health professions education as a whole. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has supported and assembled a "Discovery Team," comprised of eight faculty experts from medicine, nursing, social work and education; an outside consultant; and the AAMC director of faculty leadership education, to design a professional development course for faculty titled, "Enhancing Team Effectiveness." This grant provides support for completing design, conducting the course and evaluating its effectiveness. Participants of the course (about 300 individuals) will be faculty members from 50 to 60 academic health centers. Evaluation of the course will be through descriptive analysis, self-assessments and case study analysis. It is expected that, if this approach proves valuable, the course would be supported by academic health centers.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $197,666.00

Awarded on: 4/7/2006

Time frame: 5/1/2006 - 9/30/2007

Grant Number: 56487


Association of American Medical Colleges

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Diane Magrane
Project Director