Competent and skillfully coordinated teamwork improves every aspect of health care, yet it is rarely a focus of education in health medical disciplines. In their new book, Understanding Teamwork in Health Care, Gordon Mosser and Jim Begun, offer an enlightening and engaging guide to interdisciplinary cooperation among the professionals who work with patients and their families. Do you want to know more about team building, collaboration, communication and conflict resolution in teams? Join the discussion.
James W. Begun, PhD, is James A. Hamilton Professor of Healthcare Management in the Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. He teaches management and leadership at the graduate level in the School of Public Health, where he received the Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009. Dr. Begun’s publications include the books, Understanding Teamwork in Health Care(with G. Mosser, 2013), Leading Public Health: A Competency Framework (with J. Malcolm, forthcoming), and Managing Health Organizations for Quality and Performance (with L.F. Fallon and W. Riley, 2012). Dr. Begun has been active nationally in promoting competency-based education, serving as Chair of the Accrediting Commission on Education in Health Services Administration. He was awarded the Gary L. Filerman Prize for Innovation in Healthcare Management Education in 2008 by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. Dr. Begun serves on the Science Advisory Board, Plexus Institute; editorial advisory board of Health Care Management Review; and Higher Education Committee, American College of Healthcare Executives. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Gordon Mosser, MD, is a senior fellow in the Division of Health Policy & Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health. He has been a physician leader and general internist for 30 years. In 1983, he founded Aspen Medical Group, an interprofessional healthcare practice in Minneapolis-St. Paul. In 1993, he co-founded the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI), an association of 100 Minnesota medical groups and hospitals collaborating to improve the health care they provide. He served as ICSI’s president until 2006, when he moved to the University of Minnesota. For 5 years he taught healthcare management in the School of Public Health. He has authored 30 articles and book chapters, mainly on topics in healthcare performance improvement. His most recent publication is Understanding Teamwork in Health Care, which he wrote with James W. Begun. Dr. Mosser earned his bachelor's and MD degrees at Harvard University and his MLitt degree in philosophy at Oxford University. He did a fellowship in epidemiology at Oxford a residency in internal medicine at the University of Minnesota.
Daniel Pesut, PhD, is professor of Nursing Population Health and Systems Cooperative Unit and Director of the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership and holds the Katherine R. and C. Walton Lillehei Chair in Nursing Leadership at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Throughout his 38 year career as a nurse he has held positions in both academic and public sectors serving in a variety of roles that include staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, director of nursing services, academic department chair, and associate dean. He values and supports creativity and innovation and is dedicated to the development of next generation nursing leaders through his coaching and consulting practice. He served as a Trustee of the Plexus Institute from 2005-2010 and was the Chair of the Plexus Institute Board of Trustees from 2011-2012.