Innovation can occur when things come together that aren’t expected to come together. Here, at the University of Minnesota, we are uniquely positioned to cross disciplines and expertise, from design to health care.
It is hard to work and teach interprofessionally if we don’t know what the people around us are doing and how we interconnect. That’s why I think messaging is so important. And I love that no matter what I throw out there, people respond.
Augusta Ada Byron (yes, that Byron), later Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, was a mathematician and writer known for seeing that an “Analytical Engine” could be used as more than a calculator if numerical codes were used to represent letters and symbols and for writing instructions for tha
One of the reasons Academic Clinical Affairs exists is that the health care pendulum is swinging away from the age of specialization and toward whole patient care. The patient is viewed in the context of family (including animal companions), community, and society. We are beginning to explore the idea that instead of specialized siloes, we can function as a collective mind of stored knowledge to address patient issues from multiple directions at once.
It is unconscionable that someone’s access to health care depends on their ZIP code. Yet, for many Minnesotans, that is a fact of life. They don’t receive the benefits of living near a large medical center with specialists and researchers who offer state-of-the-art therapies or clinical trials.
We are acutely aware of the hopes and dreams of families and students as they join our great University of Minnesota, and how transformational this time is and will be for them. We feel tremendous responsibility to do everything possible to nurture their desire to learn, to inspire their best efforts, to protect their wellbeing, and to give them the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in and lead the future.