Oral Session 3: Implementing a Team-of-the-Month Award to Recognize and Incentivize Effective Teamwork
Date & Time
Monday, March 16, 2020, 3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Introduction: TBL teamwork can be facilitated by helping teams progress smoothly through the stages of forming, storming, norming and performing. Although students may not come to a TBL class with effective teamwork skills, these can be learned and practiced, with appropriate guidance. This can include providing education on characteristics of effective teams, reinforcement of effective teamwork strategies, opportunities for self-reflection, and regular feedback. Similarly, good teamwork can be incentivized through acknowledgment and recognition. Aim: To promote and recognize effective teamwork, we have developed a Team-of-the-Month award open to teams from all classes across our curriculum. Methods: A set of criteria listing effective teamwork skills are provided to all students in the College of Pharmacy PharmD program. Criteria include smooth team transitions (forming through performing), team accountability to members (and members to teams), responsible collaborations, mentorship, professionalism, and patience. Teams are required to reflect on qualities that make/made their team excellent and to discuss how their team exemplifies up to three criteria from a list. They can also propose their own criteria, to allow for creative reflection by teams. At our program, advanced students have been on up to 6 different TBL teams by the time they complete their three didactic years. Students have expressed an interest being allowed to nominate a previous team, instead of being limited to current teams. Accordingly, students can nominate any team on which they have been a member. This is important, for as students progress through the program they have more experience with effective teamwork and may better recognize effective teamwork, in retrospect. Outcomes: Nominations are scored using a set of criteria including standard assessments (word count, deadline, number of criteria addressed directly) and compelling narrative. Winning teams are acknowledged at a College-wide meeting, where they read their narrative and are photographed for website acknowledgment.