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SUSTAIN 3S03

 “The course provided me with an inspired interdisciplinary group of students who
held many of the same interests as myself, but had vastly different skill sets and
approaches to group work.”

– Gurinder Sandhu

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Student Testimonial

What knowledge, skills, and abilities did you develop in 3S03 and continue to utilize in your personal and professional role(s)?

Throughout 3S03, I have gained a thorough understanding of team management, goal-setting, and conflict resolution. The course provided me with an inspired interdisciplinary group of students who held many of the same interests as myself, but had vastly different skill sets and approaches to group work. Creating a work flow that allowed all of my teammates to excel and remain on the same page was challenging, but ultimately rewarding. Setting expectations and goals as a group allowed us to achieve an end result that we were all very proud of. As a medical student, I look forward to applying these skills in an interdisciplinary healthcare environment that demands open, clear, and honest communication.

 

Can you comment on the reflective learning you underwent in the course?

The reflective learning framework was a tool that allowed me to formalize the reflective process that I had naturally adopted as a student. In formalizing the process, I was able to identify concrete learning opportunities and the lessons that accompanied them. By repeating the process throughout, I not only learned from prior experiences, but I was able to set intentions before entering new experiences, with certain growth objectives in mind. This enriched the applied learning opportunity for me greatly!

If you could give any advice to a student interested in taking or enrolled in preparation for SUSTAIN 3S03, what would you say?

In preparation for SUSTAIN 3S03, I would recommend students create an inventory of the skills and experiences that they will bring to their future team. Conversely, honestly and openly identify areas for potential improvement that you may build while learning from teammates. Enter the course with the understanding that your own work flow may be personally effective, but there are different and equally effective ways to approach a problem. Create an open dialogue with all teammates and use this dialogue effectively from the onset. No issue is too small to raise in the appropriate manner and allowing yourself the space to do so will affirm the team’s joint expectations.