If you read my last post, you know that teamwork isn’t going anywhere anytime soon in the field of medicine. Because teamwork is key, I’m here to share a few tips on how to be a great team player.
- Be committed. Team players are genuinely committed to their cause. For example, during rotations, make an effort to participate in each case and make it worth your time. After all, the end goal is to do what is best for the patient, so give it 110%.
- Be adaptable. If you’ve ever worked on a team, you know that plans are always susceptible to change. Staying flexible allows change to be an opportunity for growth.
- Demonstrate reliability. Being reliable and responsible can be such a valuable asset to any team. When you fall through on your responsibilities, it can really a slow a group’s progress.
- Communicate effectively. Be involved and active within the group. Speak up, but do so in a respectful and constructive manner.
- Actively listen. Good listeners are always needed, especially for a team to function effectively. Players who can absorb, comprehend, and consider ideas and perspectives without arguing and debating are essential.
- Be supportive. It is so important to support your team members by offering positive feedback and help when needed.
Being a team player isn’t always easy, but the best things in life aren’t easy. Teams are created to help solve difficult problems, and this is especially true in medicine. Our goal is to care for patients and their families effectively, so look at teamwork as an opportunity to use your strengths, to be positive, and to help others the best way you can.