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Clinical Connections: Shaping the Future of Health Care


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.
Shaping the future of healthcare video stillAt the heart of this new care model is interprofessional education, which is why we are building the new Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC). In this space, students will develop their “hive mind” to find whole-patient solutions. They will understand not only their own roles, but the roles of their co-providers as well.
The new HSEC has another critical function. We know that health care cannot be learned from books alone. It requires demonstration, hands-on practice, and development of muscle memory. Two floors of the HSEC will be devoted to simulation, giving students the chance to interact in realistic scenarios and to practice responses to critical events until they are second nature. Being immersed in real-life simulations helps our students develop seamless teamwork to prepare for what they will encounter in the future.

Thank you,

Carolyn Porta, RN, PhD
AVP for Clinical Affairs

Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD
VP for Clinical Affairs


01 The Destination Simulation Center for all of Minnesota

simulation room The Interprofessional Education and Resource Center (IERC) and the Simulation Center have come together under one new team, M Simulation to jointly serve the educational needs of the schools in the health sciences and surrounding professional health care workforce.

What does M Simulation offer? M Simulation is a regional leader in educating learners to develop clinical expertise by practicing skills and applying knowledge, from developing scenarios based on cutting-edge research, to utilizing standardized patients and human patient simulators, to the science behind effective debriefing and evaluation.

M Simulation serves faculty, staff and students through simulations as part of the curriculum and continuing professional development, and external stakeholders through “train the trainer” programs and customized simulation trainings and experiences.

02  The Future of Health

Dr. Tolar presenting at ManovaVP Jakub Tolar presented “Are We Ready for Engaged Patients? Training Clinicians for the Future” at the 2019 Manova Summit, which brings together innovations and ideas on the frontier of health and wellness. The annual summit convenes pioneering leaders, accomplished experts and revolutionary thinkers sparking a health and wellness evolution.

How is the University poised to make a change? The University of Minnesota is eliminating the academic "ivory towers" of our health schools and tapping into the full range of disciplines and expertise throughout our University and community to reimagine health for Minnesota.


03  Community Care

Community University Health Care Center awardCommunity-University Health Care Center received a UCare award for improving the health of UCare members. They were honored at the 11th annual “A Salute to Excellence!” event which recognizes 22 clinics and care systems with top results in 2018 Health Care Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures – including preventive care, disease management, behavioral health, maternity care, care transitions and medication management.

How can I stay up-to-date on CUHCC? Follow them on Twitter


04  An Opportunity to Collaborate

ISA institute for advanced studyThe Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) is a University-wide center supporting interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and critical conversations. Its 5x5 initiative brings together small groups (about 5 people) from differing disciplinary backgrounds and positions in the University and off-campus communities for a low-stakes, short-term exploration (about 5 gatherings over several months). Building collaborative relationships and interdisciplinary work may take a long time; this gives you a taste of the possibilities.

How do I get involved? Applications are open through fall semester. Working groups will begin in Spring 2020.

06  Your Partner for Certified Interprofessional Continuing Education

arrows convergingThe Office of Continuing Professional Development (OCPD) is your in-house partner to develop certified continuing education activities for your health care team. They assist with designing the format of your activity to optimize clinician competence, performance and patient outcomes. Activity types include one-time and repeating live events and regularly-scheduled series such as grand rounds, journal clubs, and M&Ms. They also work with you to certify your activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM and potentially additional credit types including ACPE, ANCC, and BOC.

How can I contact OCPD? Visit their website for more information on services and upcoming CE activities, you can call them at 612-626-7600 or email:

07  BOLD Idea: Engineering and Clinical Experts Partner to Develop a "Smart Bandage"

neon bandagePressure ulcers are painful, debilitating, expensive to treat, and potentially life-threatening. A team of researchers from the College of Science and Engineering, Medical School, School of Nursing, and Fairview Health Services are working together to pilot a “smart bandage” for early detection and prevention. Read more here.
Do you have an innovative idea for tackling a wicked health care problem? See how the BOLD Ideas grant program can help your team.

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