Team training and collective decision-making in medical education (MED-teams)

This project explores the introduction of team training strategies in medical education as a fundamental shift in the concept of decision-making in medicine from an individual cognitive function to a collective endeavor.

About the project

Medical practice and education traditionally focus on physician’s self-sufficiency and individual responsibility. However, recent demands for increased inter-professional collaboration in order to ensure patient safety have promoted debates on how to improve collaboration competencies among doctors. A new sustainability paradigm have also emerged in the past decades, adding to this debate. Collective efforts in healthcare are deemed essential in order to account for uncertainties, global perspectives, interdisciplinary connections and possible future scenarios.

Standard medical education, embedded in the evidence-based logic, promotes medical decisions on basis of evidence only, and reinforces the individual character of medical responsibility. In contrast, team training represents a reconceptualization of collaborative work in education, which shift the focus of education from individual learning and acquisition of medical knowledge, to strategies for enhancing collaboration and collective decision-making. The project explores how team training affects how decisions are made and will provide insights and tools to further develop evidence-based decision models. 


The overarching objective is to follow medical students as they work in teams, thereby generating new insights into the development of collective decision-making capabilities over time.


The project is a collaboration between the Department of Behavioural Medicine,  and Centre for Sustainable Health Education, funded by The Directorate for Higher Education and Skills and the University of Oslo.



Published Oct. 18, 2021 3:11 PM - Last modified June 24, 2022 8:27 AM