Upcoming AHA Team Training Webinars

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October 10 Webinar: Hardwiring TeamSTEPPS into Trauma Resuscitations: Optimizing Tar Heel Trauma Care

A trauma team’s ability to rapidly organize, identify, and manage life-threatening conditions often determines whether a severely injured patient lives or dies. Given the complex nature of ad hoc, interprofessional teams and performing under stress, establishing a reliable and sustainable resuscitation process is no easy task. 

With backgrounds in trauma care, quality improvement, athletics, and the military, this month’s webinar presenters will discuss how ongoing work to standardize and continually improve trauma resuscitations in the emergency department is strengthening a culture of TeamSTEPPS and patient safety in an academic Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center. 

Join us on Wednesday, October 10 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET as Alberto Bonifacio, RN, BSN, MHA, CEN and Elizabeth Schroeder, RN, BSN, CEN, TCRN of University of North Carolina Hospitals, and Daryhl Johnson II, MD, MPH, FACS of UNC School of Medicine share precious lessons learned and real-world insights into how Kotter’s Model informed project methodology; how monthly high-fidelity, in situ trauma simulations are hardwiring TeamSTEPPS principles into trauma teams; and how innovative research into leadership and situational awareness is expanding our knowledge into patient safety. 


  • Discuss how TeamSTEPPS and Kotter’s Model was effectively applied to conduct a multi-disciplinary, large-scale quality improvement project to improve trauma resuscitations.

  • Describe how simulation can be used to hardwire TeamSTEPPS into processes by model new processes, probe for systems gaps, and educate teams in teamwork, communication, and leadership.

  • Explore how our methodology can be used to improve performance of other crisis teams and conduct research in situational awareness.

November 14 Webinar: Improving TeamSTEPPS in Medical Education: A Student-Veteran Inspired Initiative to Improve Behaviors and Understand Barriers

While the call for teamwork training in medical education continues to strengthen, no clear consensus exists on the method(s) to most effectively accomplish this training. Amidst a lack of clear guidance on best training methods, institutions have found varying levels of success with attempts to teach teamwork to medical and interprofessional students. Join us on Wednesday, November 14 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET as two medical student TeamSTEPPS Master Trainers, Rick Lang and Tom Kuriakose, describe lessons learned from the Rutgers RWJMS initiative. With the support of two fellow students and core faculty champions, they led a four-year initiative to improve teamwork behaviors of medical students and understand the barriers limiting effective teamwork training at the medical school level. This webinar will provide attendees a closer look at the RWJMS TeamSTEPPS initiative - from its origins to its current form. The webinar will cover the initial identification of a curricular teamwork training deficiency, lessons learned from the initial TeamSTEPPS intervention, student behavioral outcomes, and conclude by describing a proposed model for conducting teamwork training within longitudinal medical education or interprofessional graduate curriculums. 


  • Learn challenges and limitations associated with attempts to teach teamwork through an ‘exposure-based’ model in academic curriculums.
  • Illustrate the importance of recurring teamwork barrier assessment in iterative teamwork training program improvement. 
  • Understand how to apply lessons learned from this initiative to improve teamwork training programs at local academic institutions.
  • Discover how a combined student-faculty implementation team can enhance teamwork training within the academic medical center.

December 12 Webinar: Taking Stepps to Sustain a Just Culture

Just Culture in health care is effective in reducing safety risks while being fair to staff who make errors. TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based set of teamwork tools, aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals. The question we pose in this webinar is “Does your staff truly understand Just Culture and a non-punitive environment?” Additionally, if your organization speaks TeamSTEPPS, do you know how to utilize this language of patient safety to support a Just Culture? 
Join us on Wednesday, December 12 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET as Lynn Fricke, MPS, RN and Ronnie McKinnon RN, JD, CPHRM, CPSO, CPPS, Adjunct Professor Health Law, Loyola Law School, Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, provide a brief overview of key components of Just Culture, and then showcase specific examples of TeamSTEPPS tools that may be applied to attain and sustain a Just Culture. 
This webinar is most applicable to health care leaders and team members who have introduced TeamSTEPPS in their health care organization and are striving to attain Just Culture. 


  • Participants will appreciate Just Culture and its impact on patient safety.
  • Participants will learn utilization of TeamSTEPPS to assess employee comprehension of key components of Just Culture.
  • Participants will be provided specific TeamSTEPPS tools to sustain a Just Culture.

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