Women Impacting Healthcare: Interprofessional Leadership Conference


Friday, November 11th, 2016
8:00am to 4:00pm


McNamara Alumni Center 
University of Minnesota

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Celebrating Leadership: The Sweet Spot for Interprofessional Leadership Teams

This conference is designed for professionals in healthcare and offers unique lessons and learning opportunities for high-performing leaders. The day’s sessions will focus on interprofessional care and provide critical knowledge and opportune insights designed to improve leadership potential, enhance skill sets and inform decision-making.

A collaborative opportunity for those across the entire spectrum of health care professions to gather, continue their leadership journey, and network with colleagues to build a better patient experienceAttendees can expect keynote presentations and table discussions that are tightly focused on interprofessional strategies and best practices, within a conference format that is rich in collaboration and attendee/presenter interaction.

  • Collaborative Interprofessional Teams (theory) -- best practices, interprofessional styles/systems, leadership skills for development
  • Teams of Practice Excellence (practice) -- working together, connecting with patients
  • The Patient Experience (patient) -- sharing what worked well and improvements for interprofessionalism from the patient experience
  • Developing Self as Interprofessional Leadership
2016 WIH Learning Objectives:

- Identify ways to inspire leadership within ourselves and others.
- Discuss various ways to create a collaborative culture and celebrate interprofessional teams. 
- Apply elements of legacy within our practice, to implement a lasting impression.

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Topic 1: Building Dynamic Collaborative Interprofessional Teams

Dr. Brian Sick, Interprofessional Academic Deputy for the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center

In today’s health care environment, a dynamic, inter-professional team is a vital part of providing outstanding patient experiences.  To enhance synergy within the team, it’s important to understand the role of each professional and how he/she connects with patients, and each member of the team.  This session will explore the various settings (clinic, academics, research) in which professionals are learning about and implementing the practices of high functioning interprofessional teams.  We will identify important leadership skills that you and your teams can use to remove barriers, work through challenges, and identify opportunities to continually improve patient experiences.

Topic 2: Find Your Voice: Speak and listen effectively in the midst of diverse skills and priorities

Lisa Boysen, Blue Cross/Blue Shield

High performing teams are often comprised of individuals with unique strengths, who may be effective leaders in their own field, discipline, or department.  This diversity of background, expertise, and skills can help expand our services, and energize the members of the team. Conversely, too many disparate opinions and diverse priorities can dilute the team’s focus and stall progress. How can we establish and maintain our unique voice and perspective amidst a group of strong personalities, while still harvesting the vast knowledge and experience of the team? This session will examine ways to create and harness your team’s untapped energy to help you achieve spectacular outcomes for you and, more importantly, your patients.

Topic 3: Creating a Culture of Practice Excellence for Better Patient Experiences

Dr. Jane Anderson and Dr. Kylee Funk 

Creating an open culture within our organizations is the key to a better patient experience. This case study focuses on how a shared governance approach can influence a culture that puts the patient first.  During this session, we will learn how a dynamic team of practitioners have set aside "titles" to build an interprofessional business model that equally invests in the patient.  We will hear from various professionals and the contributions they make the practice a success.  Plus, we will hear directly from the patient regarding how this environment has affected their overall health!