Team-based education

This article from the Johnson County Sun shows just how interdisciplinary an educational activity can get:

    More than 300 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, clinical laboratory scientists, mental health providers, social workers, public health professionals, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians from across northeast Kansas attended the two-day conference at the Overland Park Convention Center.

    The overall focus of the conference presentations was on quickly recognizing and identifying a terrorist event or health emergency; meeting the acute needs of patients; altering the public health systems at the community, state and national levels; and effectively collaborating in a multidisciplinary response.

Whether it's for disaster planning or your run-of-the-mill health crisis, it seems to me that most of the problems occur when people in all involved specialties don't communicate with each other and don't see the big picture, which may lie outside the scope of their own piece of the puzzle.

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