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CrossTraining: Structured learning from colleagues at Orion

How do you train your employees in the cross-disciplinary skills they need to work effectively in today’s multi-disciplinary teams without the need for dedicated training resource? Orion’s answer: use the expertise of colleagues in an adaption of the traditional mentoring method called CrossTraining.


How do you train your employees in the cross-disciplinary skills they need to work effectively in today’s multi-disciplinary teams without the need for dedicated training resource? Orion’s answer: use the expertise of colleagues in an adaption of the traditional mentoring method called CrossTraining.

 

Typically two equally experienced scientists from close disciplines educate each other. For example a pharmacokinetics scientist and a formulation development scientist will form a CrossTraining pair, providing each other with suitable reading, visiting each other’s laboratories to work side-by-side and having dedicated discussion sessions.

 

Even unofficial exams can be arranged to each other if deemed useful. The wider understanding of drug development process gained by CrossTraining has increased the individual’s competence and motivation but additionally it has resulted in faster and more streamlined working practices and at best case even in new process innovations within R&D.

 

Read more in Orion’s poster at the LifeTrain Workshop 2015 (PDF) or watch a YouTube video on Orion’s CrossTraining approach (in Finnish, with English subtitles).

 

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