Mastery Learning of Team Skills

  • Aashish K. DidwaniaEmail author
  • Erin D. Unger
  • Debi L. Mitra
  • William C. McGaghie
Part of the Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation book series (CHS)


Teamwork and leadership skill training are critically important aspects of medical education. This chapter describes the evolution of education curricula for health professions team-based skill development leading to the potential application of simulation-based (SB) mastery learning. The chapter starts with our interview of Apollo 13 commander Captain James Lovell who sets the stage for mastery learning of team skills by sharing the rigorous training his team received for space flight nearly 50 years ago. The chapter then defines effective healthcare teams, briefly speaks to the science of team science, lists healthcare teams in a variety of professions, and identifies evidence-based team training principles. The next chapter section covers team training for effective healthcare moving from principles to strategies, team training in operation, and the lifespan of team training. The chapter finishes with concluding remarks.


Evidence-based principles Healthcare teams Leadership Shared mental model Team skill training 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aashish K. Didwania
    • 1
    Email author
  • Erin D. Unger
    • 2
  • Debi L. Mitra
    • 2
  • William C. McGaghie
    • 3
  1. 1.Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Departments of Medicine and Medical EducationChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of MedicineChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Departments of Medical Education and Preventive MedicineChicagoUSA

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