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Word of the Month

Each month, there will be a meaningful, positive word posted around campus, underscoring UMMC’s values. The “Word of the Month” is a visual reminder of the institution’s standards when it comes to the promotion of a respectful and inclusive environment. Words are posted in the elevators and bulletin boards around campus. Managers are encouraged to post the word in their departments or units and to use the word as a “talking point” to stimulate dialogue with employees.  


The act of working together with other people or organizations to create or achieve something

Suggested talking points and questions:

  • What does collaboration look like?
  • Tell me about a project or situation that is the result of collaboration.
  • What times, if any, are appropriate for collaboration?
  • What percent of the time do you collaborate with another to complete a project or task?

Quotes from UMMC employees:

“To me collaboration means working together to a shared vision or goal. It implies the two parties who are collaborating are willing to give a little in order to achieve the collective desired outcome. It is a commitment to partner together.”

LouAnn Woodward, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
Dean, School of Medicine
December 2017


Article: "Teamwork in Health Care: Maximizing Collective Intelligence via Inclusive Collaboration and Open Communication" - PDF
 American Medical Association Journal of Ethics