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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 34-39

The impact of team training on perceptions of team functioning during 3rd year veterinary surgery

Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA

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Dr. April A Kedrowicz
College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, 1060 William Moore Drive, Raleigh 27607, NC
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/EHP.EHP_7_19

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Introduction: Team communication is paramount for success in veterinary medicine. Methods: This qualitative study explores the impact of team communication training on students' perceptions of performance and assessment of team functioning during junior surgery by comparing two different classes. The class of 2017 was not formally trained in team communication before their participation in junior surgery, while the class of 2018 participated in training offered through a dedicated team communication course. Results: Students' experiences as described in their own words revealed qualitatively different experiences and challenges associated with being a part of a year-long surgery team for both cohorts. Team training impacted students' ability to plan and organize their work, navigate disagreement, and facilitated a high level of cohesiveness. Conclusions: These findings suggest that team training makes a difference in students' experiences and enhances perceptions of communication, coordination, and collaborative processes.

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