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Teamwork Station 8
As a group, discuss whether there should be global co-ordination and consensus on organ donation rather than country specific policies?
How to succeed in the teamwork station
- Refer to colleagues by their name – At the start of the session, take a minute to remember each (or as many as possible) of your colleagues names. Referring to your colleague by their preferred name will not only build rapport and respect, but will also demonstrate a professional approach to examiners and interviewers.
- Demonstrate ‘active listening’ – The best candidates will not only offer good suggestions, but will also acknowledge suitable input from others eg. ‘That’s a really good point Simon and I can see that working very well, especially if……’
- Think before you speak – It is common for students to feel pressure to offer input and thus speak before considering what they are suggesting. Before offering input, ask yourself ‘Will this point add to what has already been said?’ and ‘Would I approve if another student mentioned this point? If the answer to either question is no, take a deep breath…and think of your next point
- Remember you are in an interview – In contrast to other interview stations, the interviewers often take a back seat in these stations in an attempt to offer candidates a false sense of relaxation. It is essential that you do not lower your guard and act in a way that you would not deem suitable for a medical student or medical professional. Interviewers are often paying closer attention to verbal and non-verbal behaviour in these stations than they are in one-to-one MMI settings.
- Avoid confrontation – However much you disagree with a point made by a colleague, it is essential to avoid confrontation in the team interview task. You are welcome to offer opposing input, however ensure that you avoid raising your voice or aggressive posturing as this will reflect badly on you.
Advantages of a global organ donation policy
- An overall greater supply of organs would enable better organ matching (size and genetics), thus reducing the likelihood of transplant rejection.
- Presently, some organs are being 'wasted' and global co-operation would help to reduce the waste of vital organs.
Disadvantages of a global organ donation policy
- One of the reasons for differing policies is variation in cultural and religious views. The thought of an opt-out/compulsory opt-in organ donation system would not be culturally/religiously acceptable for a number of countries. Hence, this may restrict individual autonomy
- Slippery slope - Should there also be a global healthcare fund, where people can travel to anywhere in the world for healthcare without additional charge? And would this be fair on those paying higher tax contributions towards healthcare?
- Logistically transporting organs around the world would be challenging and expensive.