The Sports Docs Podcast

Episode 13: Dr. Jo Hannafin and All Things BUILDING TEAMS IN SPORTS MEDICINE (PART 1)

November 08, 2021 Season 1 Episode 13
The Sports Docs Podcast
Episode 13: Dr. Jo Hannafin and All Things BUILDING TEAMS IN SPORTS MEDICINE (PART 1)
Show Notes

Welcome to The Sports Docs Podcast with Dr. Ashley Bassett and Dr. Catherine Logan. On each episode we chat about the most recent developments in sports medicine and dissect through all the noise so you know which literature should actually impact your practice.

On today’s episode we’re focusing on building teams in medicine. We’re joined today by Dr. Jo
Hannafin who has an unparalleled depth and breadth in building teams through her work as a
surgeon, a physician-scientist, a team physician for US Rowing and as a leader in the world of
orthopaedic surgery.

Dr. Hannafin is board certified in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and the founder of the Women's Sports Medicine Center at HSS. Notably, she was the first female president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and is also a past president of the Herodicus Society. In addition, she has served as vice president and secretary of the AOSSM board, chair of its committees on Enduring Education and Research, and as a member of numerous other AOSSM committees. 

We have some great articles for you today that contribute well to our conversation
As always, links to all the papers that we discuss on this show can be found on our podcast

The first article hails from the Harvard Business Review and is titled, The Kinds of Teams
Health Care Needs by Amy C Edmondson. Ms Edmondson, a professor of Leadership and
Management at HBS, opens this article highlighting the challenges of working across teams in
medicine, and breaking out of our silos. She discusses the tendency in medicine to value
individual training, knowledge, and action; however, leaders must create structures that make
teaming easier. Professor Edmondson provides examples on how leaders can reframe to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Our second article is from MIT Sloan Management Review, entitled Establishing High-
Performance Teams: Lessons from Health Care. The authors pondered the questions: why is it
that teams following the same best practices can achieve different results? They studied “new
team formation” to understand why some teams succeed while others struggle.
In their study of a dozen primary care clinics trying to establish multi-disciplinary health care
teams, they identified 3 prototypical approaches to establishing team-based care:
- Pursuing functional change only
- Pursuing cultural change only
- Pursuing both functional and cultural change processes
In looking at these prototypes, they then subdivided them into Low and High Performers; the
highest-performing teams focused simultaneously on functional and cultural change.