Educating The Team

Lawrence Sherman shares his thoughts on team work with regards to medical education, and its benefits to the patients.

Well, I’m going to talk to you a little bit about the role of the physician and the multidisciplinary team in the development and implementation of medical education.

It’s really critical when we think about educating our health care professionals that we educate them as a team. They treat patients as a team, so we need to teach them as a team.

We suffer from educational isolation. We teach doctors separate from nurses, separate from dieticians, separate from everybody else, yet we task them with managing the patients together. So, wouldn’t it be smart if we brought them together and talked about managing patients with conditions rather than just managing conditions?

We’d teach them to talk to each other, work together, manage the patient for successful outcomes, rather than just saying, “Here’s the right drug. Here’s the right procedure. Here’s the right moment.”

Let’s talk about a timeline. Let’s watch the journey of the patient as all of these people interact with that patient. How can we improve, speed up, facilitate better health care and better outcomes for the patients?

And, patients, they have a role, too. They need to be able to tell their health care professionals “You know what? What you just told me is different from what the specialist told me.”

The GP needs to understand the role of the specialist, the specialist needs to understand the role of the GP and everybody has to understand how to play together so that the patient does better.

The ultimate goal in medical education should be improvement patient outcomes. That’s one way that we can get this done.