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Faculty Inducted into National Academies of Practice Class of 2023

Five University of Minnesota faculty were recently inducted into the National Academies of Practice (NAP). The prestigious honor acknowledges their outstanding achievements and recognizes them as leaders in their professions.

UMN faculty at the National Academies of Practice
Christine Arenson, Sara North, Cheri Friedrich, Brian Sick, Stacy Remke, and Kerry Witherell at the National Academies of Practice Forum in Washington D.C.

The following Class of 2023 honorees were welcomed into the NAP at an awards and induction ceremony in Washington D.C. on April 1:

Induction into the NAP is an honor extended to those who have excelled in their profession and are dedicated to furthering interprofessional practice, scholarship and policy in support of interprofessional care.

"I am looking forward to collaborations and learning from others doing this important work in interprofessional education and practice," said Remke. "I wholeheartedly believe this work will make a significant difference in transforming health care. The importance of practitioners enhancing equity, quality and population health starts here, at the University."

As director of health psychology at Medical School, Robiner has a strong interest in interprofessional education and practice, especially psychologists' collaborations with physicians and other health professionals. Robiner says he is "pleased to be part of NAP, an organization that is dedicated to promoting such collaborations."

Witherell added, "I was honored to be nominated and inducted into the National Academies of Practice as a Distinguished Practitioner. I am excited to join my peers in advocating for more interprofessional collaboration both in the education of future health care professionals and in our clinical practices. I sincerely appreciate the inclusive nature of NAP, and look forward to furthering their vision of understanding that optimal health care must be patient- and family-centered and must include interprofessional best practices."    

The central purpose of NAP is to advise public policy makers on health care issues using NAP's unique perspective—that of expert practitioners and scholars joined in interprofessional dialogue and advocacy.

"The National Academies of Practice brings together the voices of 15 different professions around a common goal: improving interprofessional care. The growth each year of distinguished members from the University of Minnesota recognizes the nation-leading interprofessional work we are doing here," said Brian Sick, MD, FACP, FNAP, 2021 inductee and chair of the NAP Medicine Academy.

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