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Invited Commentary
August 2015

Inpatient Interdisciplinary Care: Can the Goose Lay Some Golden Eggs?

Author Affiliations
  • 1The Comprehensive Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE) Center, Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Iowa City, Iowa
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City
JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(8):1298-1300. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.2430

For some years, medical students at our institution have started orientation with a team-building exercise. Using paper, rubber bands, paper clips, popsicle sticks, and drinking straws, groups of 5 students are instructed to build a contraption to safely transport a raw egg from an atrium balcony to the floor below. The teams hatch their plans, negotiate their ideas, divvy up work, and test their vessels. Few eggs land intact, but the broader objectives—bringing together students with diverse life experiences and talents and communicating teamwork as a valued aspect in health care—are achieved.

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