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STS2361 The Art of Teamwork in Surgery

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1 credit hour(s) | Fall | Summer
This course introduces students to the principles of Human Factors science as applied to the system of care, teaching them about the skills needed to function effectively and safely in teams in a modern surgical environment. The course covers the background psychology of interpersonal interactions and evidence from other industries about barriers to safe and effective team communication and cooperation. Students will develop their teamwork and communication skills and explore the principles of hierarchy and power distance, personal styles and coping strategies, situational awareness, secure communications loops, use of checklists and standard operating procedures, how to deal with team dysfunction, leadership, followership, effective briefing and debriefing, models of risk and error in healthcare, and risk minimization in systems involving humans. Contact: 15 clock hours per semester. Does not count toward A.A. degree.

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