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Carolyn Ma

A nationally recognized group of interdisciplinary health care professionals and educators, who are called on to serve as advisors to policy makers in Congress, welcomed the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s pharmacy college dean into its ranks.

Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy Dean Carolyn Ma was inducted into the National Academies of Practice (NAP) as a Class of 2021 distinguished practitioner and fellow. NAP fellowship is extended to those who have excelled in their profession and are dedicated to furthering interprofessional practice, scholarship and policy in support of interprofessional care.

Ma’s membership was made official during a virtual awards and induction ceremony on March 20.

“Since the beginning of my pharmacy career as an oncology pharmacy specialist, interprofessional patient care has proven to be the best approach for quality patient care,” Ma noted. “As part of the UH’s Center for Health Sciences and Social Work, this amazing experience with my fellow deans, directors and health care colleagues supports a strong foundation to expand on this critical work representing Hawaiʻi on a national level.”

NAP will have a virtual day on Capitol Hill on April 21, 2021 where interprofessional teams comprised of distinguished fellows will meet with congressional members to discuss this year’s topic of telehealth.

More about NAP

Founded in 1981, NAP is an interprofessional organization with membership representing a range of health care professions. The 14 academies of practice within NAP include: allopathic and osteopathic medicine, athletic training, audiology, dentistry, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatric medicine, psychology, social work, speech-language pathology and veterinary medicine.

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