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Virtual Multidisciplinary Team Science Workshop Series

Virtual Multidisciplinary Team Science Workshop

The Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) is pleased to announce the new Multidisciplinary Team Science Workshop Series, which will address foundational knowledge of research team development towards the conduct of a clinical and translational research project. This program offers a weekly five-part online workshop via Zoom.

Overall Course Objective

To provide diverse teams working on clinical and translational research projects with an introduction to the theory and practical skills required to function in a multidisciplinary research setting.

The workshop will offer research team leaders and members of the team a theoretical and practical overview of the group development phases that are all necessary and inevitable in order for a research team to grow, face up to challenges, tackle problems, find solutions, plan work, and deliver results.

The importance of team science and the various stages of the Tuckman Stages of Group Development Model, forming/storming/norming and performing, will be addressed separately over a five-week period. Workshops will be a 90-minute presentation on the respective topic or stage of the model with discussion amongst participants included.

As the goal of this workshop series is to be interactive and offer practical solutions to team building, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and partake in a discussion of team science principles. Participants will be provided with an overview of the Tuckman Stages of Group Development Model, as well as an introduction to 20 Team Science Principles. Given the amount of material to be covered in a relatively short amount of time, participants are asked to read materials provided and prepare for each workshop session in advance.

In addition, a syllabus listing all topics of discussion for each workshop session will be provided.  Participants will also receive a fictional team formation scenario. For each session, we are asking participants to

  1. Read assigned sections of the fictional scenario in advance
  2. Take notes on the fictional scenario to share during workshop
  3. Prepare to discuss their responses during the interactive portion of each session.

Learning Objectives/Knowledge Gained:

Participants will learn team leadership/membership/navigation strategies to facilitate successful team development and subsequent conduct of clinical and translational research projects, including the following:

  • Developing team leadership skills
  • Selecting the team purposefully
  • Facilitating team identification of goals
  • Reviewing best practices for teamwork (roles, responsibilities, respectful communication, effective problem solving)
  • Creating team member agreements (sharing data, credit acknowledgement, writing, managing authorship, etc.)
  • Reviewing diverse approaches to work, change management and staying connected
  • Developing mutual trust
  • Creating a calming work environment
  • Getting feedback from staff
  • Allowing for the transfer of leadership
  • Setting aside time for planning and engaging the team
  • Allowing for flexibility in team roles
  • Assisting in the timing and selection of new members
  • Creating future leadership opportunities for junior faculty


  • Registration: February 1, 2023 – March 29, 2023
  • Workshop: Wednesday, April 5, 2023 – Wednesday, May 3, 2023

The 5-week virtual series will be conducted via Zoom on Wednesdays from 5:00 – 6:30 pm.

Course Co-Directors

Orsolya Garrison, DrPH, MPH
Director, CTSI Operations

Mike Anello
Program Director I


Please contact Louann Sullivan.

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important Reminder – Please acknowledge the NIH when publishing papers, patents, projects, and presentations resulting from the use of CTSI resources by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement.


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