If you do not know what the eight C's of an effective team are you will know them after you participate in Launch Pad. -- Brittany Garza, Physician Assistant Student

Launch Pad is an interactive and innovative learning experience designed to provide learners with in-depth exposure to and training in critical teamwork skills. The course is open to all Baylor College of Medicine students and provides learners with a foundational framework for participating as effective team members.

Students engage in problem-based experiential learning, guided by faculty mentors, to build teamwork understanding and skills. The course enables students to work on interdisciplinary teams with peers and faculty across the College and is a prerequisite to participate in the Team Projects course.

Lauch Pad 2018

Across the four modules of Launch Pad, participants will explore the science of teamwork, consider the characteristics of high-performing teams, and engage in interactive learning experiences to advance their knowledge in team training and education. The topics covered will include critical language of team training and education, leadership skills, effective communication, team cognition, cooperation, conflict management, negotiation methods, and strategies for building and optimizing high-performing teams.

  • Feb. 8
  • Feb. 15
  • March 1
  • March 8

All sessions will be held from 5 - 7:30 p.m. Participants must commit to all four sessions.

Application Process

Participating in interdisciplinary teams is essential to providing the best care to my patients. The opportunity to learn and hone team-based skills in Launch Pad has been the most focused effort to address this need in my medical education thus far. - C. Cody Miller, M.D. Candidate

Students are selected for participation in Launch Pad through either of two nomination processes:

Self Nomination: Complete the Launch Pad application by Jan. 5. Let us know why you want to participate in Launch Pad and how you think your participation will contribute to your success as a student and in your future career.

Dean Nomination: Each school at Baylor College of Medicine has been offered the opportunity to nominate five students to participate. If the dean of your school elects to nominate you, the Team Launch team will reach out to you and request that you complete an application by the Jan. 5 deadline to be considered for admission.