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An Optimal Environment for Team-Based Training

VP Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD

Team-based health care is all of us, everywhere, together, advancing health, healing and wellbeing.

We must strengthen our ability to provide learning environments that give our future workforce members exposure to optimal team-based care, and give them opportunities to work within those teams, build their confidence and strengthen their competencies.  

The recently announced phase 1 of the University’s health system, UMN Health, aims for the University to acquire and govern the health care facilities on our campus where many of our learners gain initial exposure to their future careers. This will enhance our ability to:

  • drive interprofessional practice and team-based care training for all of our health professional learners in new and exciting ways
  • transform our current health care delivery models and strengthen holistic health care
  • advance care coordination, from prevention and tertiary intervention to community care and health promotion

We will do this while remaining committed to partnering with all health care providers in Minnesota.

To help bring this vision to life, this week University leaders shared the UMN Health proposal with state legislators, and today the Board of Regents formally approved the preliminary request for state of Minnesota support for UMN Health as part of the University’s FY 2024-25 Biennial Budget Request.

Having a strong University-run health system benefits all of us—our learners, faculty, staff and community. Please let me know how we can best work together to leverage this opportunity to effectively bring a team-based model of training, care and research to Minnesotans and Minnesota communities.

Driving Innovation & Discovery


U of M Sustainable Development Goals Initiative Announces 2022 SDG Research Grant Awards

As part of the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance’s systemwide initiative focused on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), approximately $160,000 were awarded to eight research projects, four of which were jointly funded by the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs. The projects align with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the University’s strategic priorities and needs identified by communities.



Register for Overdose Response Training

This free training provided by the Steve Rummler Hope Network covers current opioid overdose data, basic naloxone pharmacology, recognizing overdose symptoms, and naloxone administration. Registered attendees will receive an intramuscular/IM naloxone kit. The training is available March 20 and April 14.


Advancing Interprofessional Education & Training

Paige Pitlick

Students: What Do You Enjoy Most About Interprofessional Activities?

“I enjoy learning details and basic responsibilities of each health professional. It has really opened my eyes to the roles each member serves for a high-functioning team and the importance of effective communication in health care. Much like teams in competition, each health professional is a teammate that must perform their duties to their best ability - high stakes, high rewards! Interprofessional activities have enhanced my learning and training at the U because they truly excite me to learn more and delve into the different opportunities my own profession can offer.” - Paige Pitlick, pharmacy student


Simulation Training

Simulation Training Includes Spoken Language Interpreters As Part of the Health Care Team

Communication between health care professionals and patients plays a significant role in quality of care and patient safety, which in turn contributes to patient outcomes. Since 2016, M Simulation has collaborated with the School of Dentistry and interpreting partners to develop and implement simulation education to help address disparities for dental patients with limited English proficiency. The simulation workshop allows dental students to work with interpreters as they navigate through a series of standardized patient scenarios that focus on communication.


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Display Your Art in HSEC

The aim of Community Arts @ Health Sciences is to inspire and enable students, faculty, staff, and community members to engage with art and with each other, while highlighting the impactful ways that art and science inform one another. They are welcoming submissions of two-dimensional art, such as paintings, photographs and drawings. This exhibition provides an opportunity to share your talents with others and add vibrancy to our health sciences community. Submissions due March 15.


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Learn About Global Health in Ecuador

Apply now for “Ecuador: Social, Environmental, and Cultural Determinants of Health” and travel to Quito to experience the diverse nature of global health and development and their impacts on Ecuadorian life. In this two-week course, participants learn about public health and health care infrastructure in Ecuador, including Western and Indigenous health practices. Applications are due March 20.


Partnering With Communities

Goldy VS Cancer

Goldy vs. Cancer Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Come support Masonic Cancer Center researchers on March 18 as they educate and engage museum attendees on everything from Cancer Bio 101 to hands-on laboratory research techniques. All exhibits are family-friendly and offer learning experiences and activities for all ages. These activities are free to all museum attendees.


U-Wide Events and Opportunities

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Beyond Bone Marrow Transplant: Advances in Cellular Therapies at the U of M

Join M Health Fairview for their upcoming System Grand Rounds on March 15. In this innovative session, Brian Betts, MD, will review cell therapy products being developed at the U of M to eradicate leukemia, lymphoma, solid organ malignancies, and graft-versus-host disease.


Leveraging the Wisdom of Communities for Reproductive Health

IWD 2023 Event: Leveraging the Wisdom of Communities for Reproductive Health

Join the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility on March 16 to celebrate International Women's Day. In this webinar featuring a panel of community champions and experts, you will learn how everyday people can #EmbraceEquity around reproductive rights and advocate for safe, dignified, and supportive reproductive health.


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Exploring the Role of Spirituality in Enhancing Resilience and Wellbeing

In this webinar on March 16, spirituality will be explored from the lens of the Bakken Center’s Wellbeing Model: connecting with something larger than oneself, leading to enhanced resiliency and a deeper sense of meaning and connectedness, with oneself and the world around them.


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Climate Action Planning Open House

March 20 is your final opportunity to provide input on the new Climate Action Plan before it is presented to the Board of Regents. Come review the results of the climate action planning process and share your thoughts on what was missed or what resonates with you. Open house format - come and go as you please. Refreshments provided.


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