Centre for Medical & Health Sciences Education research seminar: Collective competence: Rethinking the discourse of competence in the context of teamwork Event as iCalendar

25 March 2013

12:30 - 1:30pm

Venue: Seminar Room 505-003, Building 505, 85 Park Road, Grafton

The medical community has embraced the notion of "expert teams" as critical to its clinical and educational mandates. Now, how do we assess "competence" in this domain? Our orientation has been towards individual competence; but what about situations in which individually "competent" health professionals combine to form an "incompetent" team?

The individualist discourse of competence has supported certain kinds of education and assessment, and constrained others. Given the emphasis on expert teamwork in current clinical and educational frameworks, we need to extend this conventional discourse to allow for the distributed and collective nature of competence in team situations. This new discourse will challenge our traditional approaches to "measuring" and "maintaining" competence.

Professor Lorelei Lingard is a leading researcher in the study of communication and collaboration on healthcare teams. She is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Director of the Centre for Education Research & Innovation, both at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University in London, Canada. Her research focuses on how healthcare teams use language to get things done – with a particular focus on implications for education and patient safety.

She has studied teams in a variety of clinical settings over the years, including the operating room, the intensive care unit, the internal medicine ward, the adult rehabilitation unit, and the family health centre. Her research has impacted how team communication is practiced, taught and assessed; for instance, her research on operating room teams contributed to international policy regarding preoperative surgical briefings.