Lightning Talk

MDTTs - Multidisciplinary Translational Teams: Morehouse School of Medicine's Health Equity Strategy

Sunday, August 21, 2022, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm CDT

Our Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) team science process utilizes an approach to increase the rapid translation of research discoveries to improve the health of minority and underserved populations and disadvantaged communities. MSM works to achieve health equity through conducting Tx transformational translational research. Tx is the MSM description of our translational research continuum. Coined at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), Tx TM symbolizes an approach and scientific philosophy that intentionally promotes and supports convergence of interdisciplinary approaches and scientists to stimulate exponential advances for the health of diverse communities. The “T” of the trademark acknowledges the importance of the phases of the translational continuum. However, the exponent "x" represents the goal to move research from the Translational to the Transformational. Tx is the type of research conducted by MSM, MDTTs – Multidisciplinary Translational Teams is the process by which we conduct Tx research.

This lightning round presentation will address a Nexus Summit strategic imperative that demonstrates a new model of team science which MSM defines as a multidisciplinary translational team (MDTT). MDTTs by definition must include required community and learner members. In this lightning round we will share our MDTT journeys that cross research teams’ composition, curricula, team culture, community trust building, sustainability issues and interprofessional education. We will discuss our successes, challenges and failures of building and sustaining these teams. Institutional and community internalization of this new and different way of working has been a long and sometimes difficult journey.

All of our work throughout the institution and within the communities that we have pledged to serve, rest on the foundation of our MSM vision, to lead the creation and advancement of health equity. We demonstrate that MDTTs are a powerful tool for achieving health equity.