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Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Practice - The Evolution & Future of Nutrition Support Teams

This webinar touches on the history of nutrition support teams, financial considerations, and action steps for justifying, establishing, or maintaining a nutrition support team.

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This webinar was presented live on March 20, 2024.

Parenteral nutrition (PN) is a nutrition support therapy that requires the expertise of a number of different disciplines. Nutrition support teams have been shown to improve patient care and outcomes while reducing waste and errors for patients on PN. This interdisciplinary discussion will touch on the history of nutrition support teams, different team models, financial considerations, and action steps for justifying, establishing, or maintaining a nutrition support team.

CPE Level: 2

Performance Indicators:

  • 8.1.1: Interprets and applies evidence-based literature and standards for determining nutritional needs of target audiences.
  • 8.2.1: Engages in educational activities to maintain knowledge and to obtain new knowledge of diseases and clinical conditions.
  • 8.2.3: Analyzes new information and how it impacts medical nutrition therapy.

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the patient-centered benefits of nutrition support teams.
  • Describe different nutrition support team models.
  • List action steps for establishing a nutrition support team.


Emily Schwartz

Emily is a board-certified nutrition support clinician with nearly 20 years of clinical experience in nutrition support. She has worked for Ascension Providence Hospital in Novi, MI, for the past 15 years, where she helps manage parenteral nutrition therapy for hospitalized patients as part of the interdisciplinary Metabolic Support Service. She completed her doctorate in clinical nutrition in 2020 at Rutgers University, where she completed a residency in nephrology and published research papers on a variety of topics. Emily is the current chair of the Dietitians in Nutrition Support DPG, and will be co-editor of the upcoming revised Parenteral Nutrition Pocket Guide for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has a special interest in advocating for the role of the dietitian in the inpatient setting, and for promoting interdisciplinary collaboration to help improve patient care.

Michael Kosal

Michael currently serves as the Director of Pharmacy Services for Ascension Providence Hospital Southfield and Novi Campuses. Michael completed his Doctorate of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan in 2016 and his MBA at Wayne State University in 2023. He has worked in healthcare administration and leadership for the past 7 years and brings an operational efficiency focus to patient centered care. In his current role, Michael oversees and supports functionality of the Metabolic Support Service at Ascension Providence Hospital in collaboration with the pharmacist, dietician and physician partners. His goal for healthcare is the optimization of service delivery by elevating all healthcare associates to performance at the top of their license and capabilities thereby promoting the seamless delivery of care across the continuum for improved patient experience.

Release Date: March 20, 2024


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