C6 - Teaching and implementing effective team building


Organised by the FIP Academic Pharmacy Section, in collaboration with the FIP Hospital Pharmacy Section, FIPEd, International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation and FIP’s Young Pharmacists Group


Arijana Meštrović (Pharma Expert, Croatia) and Linda Garrelts MacLean (Washington State University, USA)


A key component of leadership is building and maintaining strong teams. This requires an ongoing application of skills to foster trust, shared communications, manage debate and conflict, identify shared team goals and ensure accountability among the team to deliver results for success.

Academia must prepare student pharmacists to be effective in participating in and facilitating the creation of strong teams in the workplace.

This workshop will highlight approaches necessary to build strong teams. The session will start with a hands-on, fun exercise, which will provide rich insights into how teams work together. This dynamic and engaging start to the session will provide participants with an opportunity to reflect on their own reaction to team environments. This will be followed by a presentation on building, leading, and evaluating strong teams.

Three team leaders from around the world will share their experiences of team working, which will provide participants with insights to different team approaches.

Finally, ways in which the team-building skills can be addressed in the undergraduate pharmacy curriculum will be discussed through a facilitated discussion.


  1. Setting the stage: The Marshmallow Challenge
    Arijana Meštrović (Pharma Expert, Croatia)
  2. Building, leading and evaluating strong teams
    Jenelle Sobotka (University of Cincinnati, USA)
  3. Applying to practice: Signposting resources that can be used to support the follow up in practice
    Linda Garrelts MacLean (Washington State University, USA)
  4. Team-building experiences
    Catriona Bradley (IIOP Irish Institute of Pharmacy, Ireland)
    Lauren Jonkman (University of Namibia, Namibia)
    Sara al Balushi (Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman)
  5. Academia’s role in teaching and implementing leadership in team building: Group discussions
    Arijana Meštrović (Pharma Expert, Croatia)
  6. Concluding activities and remarks
    Linda Garrelts MacLean (Washington State University, USA)

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Choose at least five characteristics that cause a team to function poorly;
  2. Adopt at least five techniques and methods to build strong teams that work together effectively;
  3. Produce a team assessment tool to assess performance;
  4. Advocate the importance of leadership in balancing the needs of teams with the needs of organisations.

Type of session: Application-based