Written assignment on team work

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As a Medical Assistant, understanding diversity and using a teamwork
approach is critical not only for the medical practice you work in but
also for attaining the common goal of quality patient care. Working
together provides opportunities for creativity, efficiency, and
excellent patient experiences.

This week, you will research various techniques in incorporating good
communication and diversity into your interactions with your coworkers.
You will create a summary that you will incorporate into the training
manual. This summary will illustrate various ways to demonstrate
teamwork through the understanding of effective communication and relate
how diversity plays a vital role in an efficient and effective

To complete this assignment, do the following:

  1. Research how diversity plays an important role in healthcare and
    how proper communication techniques facilitate teamwork, increase
    productivity, and help offer better patient care in a healthcare
    setting. Use a minimum of 3 credible sources* in your research and
    include a variety of resources, such as scholarly journal articles,
    magazines, newspapers, or web resources. Two of your resources must be
    academic/scholarly resources, such as a book or an academic scholarly
    journal. Academic scholarly journals can be accessed through the
    Rasmussen Online Library. Cite these resources throughout your summary
    and include a reference page. Use proper APA formatting for your
    citations and references. For help with formatting your references and
    citations, see the APA guide.
  1. In a minimum of 3 pages (excluding the reference page), include
    the following information to assist new employees in understanding
    effective communication methods and the importance of diversity within a
    healthcare team:

    • Communication
      • Communication and Productivity: Explain how communication can increase productivity.
      • Communication and Morale: Explain how good and bad communication can affect morale.
      • Overcoming Communication Barriers in the Workplace:
        Identify the biggest communication barrier a Medical Assistant can face
        with a coworker that would hinder patient care. Explain ways to
        overcome that barrier. Choose the best method for the situation and
        explain why this method is best.
    • Teamwork
      • Teamwork Communication Strategies: Describe teamwork communication strategies.
      • Assisting Coworkers: Name at least 5 tasks that coworkers can do for each other to help the daily practice run smoothly.
    • Diversity and Teamwork
      • Importance of Awareness of and Respect for Diversity: Explain why it is important for Medical Assistants to be aware and respectful of diversity in a healthcare setting.
      • Incorporating Diverse Practice Methods:
        Explain how to incorporate diverse practice methods and ideas between
        coworkers while remaining respectful of their work practices and mindful
        of the goal of providing effective and efficient patient care.
      • Tailoring Communication: Describe how
        Medical Assistants may have to tailor their communication in working
        with professionals of various titles, such as physicians, peers, and
  2. Feel free to use the template below as a starting point for organizing your summary:

    Download the summary template here.

  1. Use clear, professional language with proper grammar
    and punctuation. Present your information at a level of detail that is
    appropriate for new Medical Assistants and feel free to use images,
    tables, or diagrams as necessary to help you convey your information.

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