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What is Team Launch?

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 The three interrelated components of Team Launch
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The Baylor College of Medicine Team Launch program was designed to help prepare students for careers in the health sciences and biomedical research by providing foundational training in relevant teamwork skills.

Team Launch provides Baylor trainees, faculty and staff opportunities to learn and apply team skills within the context of solving contemporary problems in healthcare and biomedical science.

Major themes addressed by Team Launch include characteristics of high-performing teams, strategies for leading complex teams, effective team communication strategies, skills to manage team conflict, and the assessment of teams.

This program helps shape an academic and institutional culture that values teamwork, one of the five institutional values of Baylor College of Medicine.

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Team Launch Components

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Launch Pad

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Launch Pad provides Baylor College of Medicine trainees with a foundation in teamwork skills through a series of learning experiences, student reflective exercises, short didactic instruction, and discussions focused on teamwork skills. 

Team Projects

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Team Projects provides participants who have completed Launch Pad with an opportunity to apply their teamwork skills towards meaningfully addressing a real-world challenge.

Team Discovery

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Team Discovery provides both recurring and at-request seminars and workshops that focus on specific teamwork skill topics.

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Launch Pad is Required for All Students as of Fall 2019

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In the fall of 2019, Launch Pad became a required course within all degree-granting programs of Baylor College of Medicine. While students who have begun their program prior to this requirement being enacted will not be required to take the course, they may still apply to take it.

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Team-Based Care

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Dr. Nana Coleman describes the importance of teamwork in healthcare. Studies have shown that effective teamwork in clinical settings leads to better outcomes for patients with less cost. Team Launch creates an academic and institutional culture that not only appreciates and values the need for team-based care but also provides opportunities to effectively integrate this knowledge and skill into healthcare research or delivery.

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Teamwork in Research

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Dr. Christine Beeton discusses the role of team-based science in accelerating discovery. Team Launch ensures that Baylor trainees, faculty and staff are prepared to work with professional fields to apply their research from the laboratory to real-world needs. The program ensures that our graduates are equipped with the tools needed to access careers of their choosing in important, often emerging, fields.

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Course Policy on Students with Disabilities

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Baylor of Medicine is committed to providing equitable access to students with documented disabilities (e.g. mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory, or physical). To ensure access to Team Launch courses, please contact Student Disability Services to engage in a confidential conversation about the process for requesting reasonable accommodations for Launch Pad and Team Projects experiences.

Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Therefore, students are encouraged to register with Student Disability Services as soon as they begin the program.

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