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Healthcare PlexusCall: Educating Practice-Ready Clinicians
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When: Wednesday July 20, 2016
1 PM - 2 PM ET
Where: United States

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Healthcare PlexusCall

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Health Professions Education 2020: Training practice-ready clinicians

Guests: Felix Ankel and Michelle Noltimier

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Healthcare is becoming more complex. Many health professions students are learning in linear environments influenced by measurement and finance that value individual knowledge and exceptionalism. Dr. Ankel and many colleagues believe the day of the autonomous physician is over. Upon graduation, these newly minted professionals are expected to thrive in non-linear environments that value improvement science, patient and family centered care, resource stewardship, and teaming behaviors.  How do we design the health professions learning systems of tomorrow? How do we facilitate systems thinking to shape these environments?

Our guests will talk about their own work in learning system design that facilitates the IHI Triple Aim, and teaming behavior.  Dr. Ankel will describe 10 program milestones to help learning systems maximize resilience, the ability to manage complexity, and the ability to manage context.  Ms. Noltimier will describe her journey in creating a health system program to train nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

 Felix Ankel, MD is the Vice President for health professional education at HealthPartners in Bloomington, MN. He is a former emergency medicine residency director and Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota.  Annually, HealthPartners trains more than 470 residents, 2,000 clinical students and provides continuing education to more than 19,000 participants.  Access his medical education leadership blogs at the International Clinician Educators ICE blog here.

Michelle Noltimier, RN, BSN, MBA is the Director of Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner Graduate Education at HealthPartners.  Previous experience includes 8 years as a leader in two different Level 1 trauma center emergency departments that have active health professional education programs.  She has experience leading teams through change and transitions and achieving improvements in quality and operational efficiency. 

Read Felix and Michelle’s latest blog post at



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