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Teaching Medical Teamwork Right From The Start

(Shots, NPR) There's a new building going up on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic…
[It] is part of the new Case Western Reserve University Heath Education campus. The joint project with the Cleveland Clinic will eventually house the Case Western Reserve University's medical, dental and nursing schools, as well as the Cleveland Clinic's in-house medical school…
Collaboration is the ultimate goal, those involved in the project say. Health care in the 21st century is increasingly being provided by teams, yet most health care professionals don't encounter their "teammates" until they are well along in their training…
Getting everyone on the same page … is critical to preventing medical mistakes, says Dr. Patricia Thomas, an internist and vice dean overseeing medical education at the Case Western Reserve medical school.
In studying the problem, she says, "the root of many of our errors had to do with the fact that our professions were not working effectively together for patient care.
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