Keri Hager, Pharm.D., BCACP

Keri Hager, Pharm.D., BCACP

image of keri hager, pharmacy facultyTitle: Associate Professor

Why did you become a pharmacist?

To help people achieve their health goals and improve their quality of life by making sure they only take medicines that are truly indicated, effective, safe, and they can take as intended.


What drew you to the University of Minnesota?

I had wonderful experiences in my geological sciences undergraduate program at UMD and in my Pharm.D. program at the Twin Cities campus. I enjoyed the collaborative nature of those with whom I learned and worked, and the opportunities for growth in leadership, service, and research. After I was in practice in the Duluth-area for a few years, I was excited to join the faculty at the UMN College of Pharmacy, the #2 College of Pharmacy in the nation, to help further advance pharmacy practice and education to improve patient and population health.

What is something you wish you knew before starting your career?

I cannot think of anything specific! There are so many things that would have been helpful to make me more effective when establishing new clinical pharmacy services in primary care. However, now I just see that as part of the process of continuous learning.

What resource or service has been essential to your academic and professional success?  

Trusted colleagues and mentors in my community of practice and beyond - the people that ask the “tough questions” and share insights, and have helped pick me up and dust me off when things didn’t go well. These people are essential!                     

Why do believe interprofessionalism is an invaluable component of healthcare?

None of us know more than all of us collectively. In order to provide effective holistic and comprehensive care to people, we need folks with the complementary expertise to collaborate to best meet the needs of patients. The complementary expertise is not enough though - we need collaborative culture, excellent communication, shared values and goals, trusting relationships among us, and the systems in which we operate to support interprofessionalism to meet the public’s needs.

Sara North PT, DPT, M.Ed.

Sara North PT, DPT, M.Ed.

Sara NorthTitle: Director of Educational Innovation, Assistant Professor

Program: Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Why did you become a physical therapist?

The complex problem-solving needed to address the functioning of the human body to optimize health and quality of life provides an engaging education and career. The increasing expansion and importance of collaboration across sectors to address health continues to invigorate me as well!

What drew you to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus?

The lived branding of “Driven to Discover” is visible throughout the campus, speaking to the innovation, passion, and drive that the university faculty, staff, leadership, and students possess. I wanted to become a part of such a vibrant, strong community!

What is something you wish you knew before starting your career?

As a practicing licensed Physical Therapist, I was not formally trained to enter the world of academia when I became faculty at my past institution. My career in education therefore began by learning on the go, so I do wish that I had better understood the structure and politics of higher education earlier in my journey.

What resource has been essential to your academic and professional success?  

Mentorship with experienced, respectful individuals in leadership to encourage and guide my many passions and open doors to unique opportunities has been the key factor and motivation for my continued drive and success.

Why do believe interprofessionalism is an invaluable component of healthcare?

We often do not believe that others can fully understand every aspect of our individual complexity, so  in return, we as healthcare providers cannot expect to fully understand our clients and communities. One person, one discipline, is not sufficient to  provide the breadth and understanding needed to truly address the whole being. Working interprofessionally allows the opportunity for innovation and large-scale improvement in care delivery, better equipping the nation’s providers to change the face of health for those we serve and pursue the Quadruple Aim of healthcare in the years to come.