Convergence Days: An Initiative for Interprofessional Education

TTUHSC Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) Experience

Title of the Interprofessional Practice and Education Experience

Convergence Days: An Initiative for Interprofessional Education

Experience Status


Approval Date Range

7/10/2020 - 6/3/2025

Criteria for Registering the IPE Experience

  • Involvement of two or more professions.
  • Opportunities to learn about, from, and with one another.
  • Significant interactivity between participants.
  • Teaching and/or learning about interprofessional practice and education is intentionally integrated into the activity. Interprofessional practice and education constructs are targeted with IPE learning objectives are also discussed, trained, reviewed, and/or assessed as part of the learning activity.

Type of IPE Experience

  • Case-based and/or problem-based learning
  • Team-building event
  • Workshop, interactive demo, or small group activity

IPEC Core Competencies Targeted by this IPE Experience

  • Communication: Communicate in a responsive, responsible, respectful, and compassionate manner with team members.
  • Roles and Responsibilities: Use the knowledge of one’s own role and team members’ expertise to address individual and population health outcomes.
  • Teams and Teamwork: Apply values and principles of the science of teamwork to adapt one's own role in a variety of team settings.

Quintuple Aim Strategic Goals Discussed in this IPE Experience

  • Improving patient and/or population health outcomes
  • Enhancing the experience of care
  • Advancing health equity

Detailed Description and Purpose of the IPE Experience

Convergence Day is an initiative to enhance the quality of our trainees’ educational experience by providing activities aimed at interprofessional development. Convergence not only enhances students’ learning by improving their knowledge and understanding of health issues and common diseases, but also increases their ability to communicate this knowledge to peers, professionals, patients, and the public. Convergence Day activities are aimed at bridging educational silos through interprofessional learning communities, resulting in greater communication among trainees in various health disciplines. Convergence Day is a multi-institutional IPE day, which brings together medical students from the UT Southwestern Medical School and allied health students from UT Southwestern School of Health Professions, nursing students from both Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing and UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and pharmacy students from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy. Interprofessional teams of students working in small mixed groups learn about, from, and with each other. Exercises introduce roles and responsibilities, communication practices, and elements of TeamSTEPPS®. An annual theme provides focus and content.

Learning Objectives - At the end of this session, students will be able to:
1. Recognize roles, responsibilities and professional training for disciplines engaged in health care.
2. Work to solve a problem in a team whose members have a variety of behavioral styles.
3. Identify a communication strategy for a pain patient/client with your DISC style.

1.5 hours: Interprofessional Culture of Safety(Small Groups)
Part I: Roles and Responsibilities - Introduction to medical, health professions, nursing, pharmacy and
other relevant health professional training programs (30 min)
Part II: TeamSTEPPS® Introduction: Problem solving in an interprofessional team (45 min)
Part III: Contributions of behavioral styles to patient/client interactions (15 min)

1.5 hours: Interprofessional Panel Discussion (Large Group)

800+ interprofessional students, including 50+ first year Dallas pharmacy students (2020 is virtual and includes all 120+ first year TTUHSC pharmacy students)

Level of IPE Integration

  • 1. Foundations Level: Consists of introductory learning activities that provide learners with the opportunity to interact and learn from professionals and peers from disciplines beyond their own. The desired outcome for activities offered at this level is that learners will gain a deeper understanding of their profession while gaining an appreciation for the perspective and roles of other professions.

Attendance or Participation in the IPE Experience

  • Program and/or school requirement
  • Certificate credit

Frequency of the IPE Experience

  • 01. Annually
  • Annually. Convergence Day Typically Occurs in the Fall Semester.

Duration and/or Timeline of the IPE Experience

  • 03. 4 to 5 hours
  • 3-4 hours

Campus and/or Location of the IPE Experience

  • Dallas
  • (2020 Virtual Convergence, includes Dallas, Abilene, and Amarillo)

Average Number of Learners Participating in the IPE Experience

  • 08. 751 to 1000
  • 800+ interprofessional students, including 50+ first year pharmacy students (2020 Virtual Convergence, includes all 120+ P1 Dallas, Abilene, and Amarillo students)

Target Audiences

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Audiences

School of Health Professions Audiences

School of Medicine Audiences

School of Nursing Audiences

School of Pharmacy Audiences

  • P1

School of Population and Public Health Audiences


Health professions students including PT, PO, PA, CN, RC, RT, junior nursing students, MS3 students

IPE Learning Objectives for the Experience

Values and Ethics

  • VE07. Practice trust, empathy, respect, and compassion with persons, caregivers, health professionals, and populations.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • RR03. Incorporate complementary expertise to meet health needs including the determinants of health.
  • RR01. Include the full scope of knowledge, skills, and attitudes of team members to provide care that is person-centered, safe, cost-effective, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable.
  • RR04. Differentiate each team member’s role, scope of practice, and responsibility in promoting health outcomes.


  • C02. Use communication tools, techniques, and technologies to enhance team function, well-being, and health outcomes.
  • C05. Practice active listening that encourages ideas and opinions of other team members.
  • C01. Communicate one’s roles and responsibilities clearly.

Teams and Teamwork

  • TT01. Describe evidence-informed processes of team development and team practices.
  • TT06. Reflect on self and team performance to inform and improve team effectiveness.
  • TT03. Practice team reasoning, problem-solving, and decision-making.

Type of Learner Assessment Administered

  • Attitudinal and/or perceptions survey
  • Summative assessment

Formal Assessment Protocol used, if Applicable

Type of Program Evaluation Administered

  • Activity feedback/evaluation – from faculty, facilitators, and/or preceptors
  • Activity feedback/evaluation – from learners
  • Satisfaction survey results
  • Planning committee feedback/evaluation
  • Facilitated debrief with planning committee

Provide Details on the Potential Sustainability of the IPE Experience

  • Dedicated personnel
  • Dedicated resources
  • Interprofessional planning committee meets year round to continue and grow this annual event.

Provide Dedicated Funding Sources:

  • No dedicated funding

Roles of Faculty/Staff in the IPE Experience:

  • Facilitators
  • Mentors
  • Planning committee members
  • 1 TTUHSC School of Pharmacy faculty member on planning committee
    5-10 TTUHSC School of Pharmacy faculty or resident facilitators
    1 TTUHSC School of Pharmacy on Expert Panel ocassionally

Additional Information About the IPE Experience, if Necessary

IPE Experience Organizer

  • School of Pharmacy
  • UT Southwestern Medical School and UT Southwestern School of Health Profess

Contact Person(s) and Contact Information for the IPE Experience

Ashley Higbea, PharmD, BCPS