A step-by-step guide for mentors to facilitate team building and communication in virtual teams

Julia F. Aquino, Robert R. Riss, Sara M. Multerer, Leora N. Mogilner, Teri L. Turner

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Abstract

As collaborative work in medical education has increasingly moved online, team mentors have had to adapt their practices into the virtual environment. Fostering connection, communication and productivity on virtual teams requires specific skills and deliberate practice that differ from in-person teamwork. Drawing from best practices in business, education and medicine and also from our own experience as a virtual team, we present a guide for mentors to create and sustain successful virtual teams. Grounded in Tuckman’s Five Stage Model of Team Development, we offer specific strategies for virtual team mentors to promote team cohesion, mitigate conflict, maintain productivity and leverage the benefits of the virtual environment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2094529
JournalMedical Education Online
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Distance mentoring
  • communication
  • shared leadership
  • team building
  • virtual teams

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