Madeline Schmitt is a nurse-sociologist, who, until retirement in 2005, was Professor and Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing and Interprofessional Education at the University of Rochester (NY) School of Nursing. Since the 1970’s, she has focused her scholarship on interprofessional collaborative practice models and interprofessional education. She was one of two US members of the WHO Task Force who co-authored the 2010 report, Framework for Action in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice. In 2010-2011, she chaired the expert panel that produced the report Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice on behalf of the leadership of 6 national professional education associations (AACN, AACOM, AACP, AAMC, ADEA, ASPH- collectively, IPEC). Dr Schmitt is an Editor Emerita of the Journal of Interprofessional Care and a founding Board member of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative. She represented the American Academy of Nursing at the IOM Forum on Innovations in Health Professions Education for the first three years of the Forum. She remains active in consultation, presentations, research and publication, as well as limited teaching, with regard to interprofessional issues.