Planning a pharmacy-led medical mission trip, part 2: servant leadership and team dynamics

Ann Pharmacother. 2012 Jun;46(6):895-900. doi: 10.1345/aph.1Q547. Epub 2012 May 22.


While pharmacy curricula can prepare students for the cognitive domains of pharmacy practice, mastery of the affective aspects can prove to be more challenging. At the Gregory School of Pharmacy, medical mission trips have been highly effective means of impacting student attitudes and beliefs. Specifically, these trips have led to transformational changes in student leadership capacity, turning an act of service into an act of influence. Additionally, building team unity is invaluable to the overall effectiveness of the trip. Pre-trip preparation for teams includes activities such as routine team meetings, team-building activities, and implementation of committees, as a means of promoting positive team dynamics. While in the field, team dynamics can be fostered through activities such as daily debriefing sessions, team disclosure times, and provision of medical services.

MeSH terms

  • Community Pharmacy Services*
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Leadership*
  • Medical Missions*
  • Pharmacy
  • Students, Pharmacy