Carolyn O'Donnell, BM
University of Minnesota Duluth
Carolyn O’Donnell is a fourth year Pharm.D. student at the University of Minnesota and is a co-investigator and previous project coordinator for the “HDC/DFMC Bridge” project. She has completed research surrounding interprofessionalism, care coordination, mental health, and substance use disorders. She will be completing a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency with the University at Buffalo/Buffalo Psychiatric Center.
Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
Bridging the Mental Health and Medical Care Chasm: Impact of Interprofessional Care Conferences to Enhance Patient Safety and Cultivate Collaborative Skills in Family Medicine Residents Across Two Autonomous Health Systems
Background Patients with severe mental illness often lack care coordination between primary care and mental health providers. Siloed patient care across separate healthcare systems can negatively impact quality and safety of patient care. Team-based care is integral in the effective management of patients with multiple comorbidities, with the family medicine physician central in coordinating holistic care. Family medicine residency programs must provide models of effective interprofessional collaboration and mental health treatment to prepare residents to navigate an evolving healthcare…