Abilene Interdisciplinary Symposium on Cancer & Biomedical Research: An Interprofessional Interview Project

TTUHSC Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) Experience

Title of the Interprofessional Practice and Education Experience

Abilene Interdisciplinary Symposium on Cancer & Biomedical Research: An Interprofessional Interview Project

Experience Status


Approval Date Range

8/5/2022 - 8/30/2024

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

  • Workshop, interactive demo, or small group activity

IPEC Core Competencies Targeted by this IPE Experience

  • Roles and Responsibilities: Use the knowledge of one’s own role and team members’ expertise to address individual and population health outcomes.

Quintuple Aim Strategic Goals Discussed in this IPE Experience

  • Improving patient and/or population health outcomes

Detailed Description and Purpose of the IPE Experience

The Abilene Interdisciplinary Symposium on Cancer & Biomedical Research is designed to increase clinician, learner, and community knowledge in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of specific disease processes related to cancer. This event brings together world recognized scientists, undergraduate, and graduate students from TTUHSC, Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University, and Cisco College. Throughout this event, there will be opportunities for this interprofessional audience to learn about the new trends in cancer research, cancer immunotherapy, and novel aspects of immunotherapy for the treatment of cancer and other treatments. During the interactive poster session, students seeking credit for an IPE learning activity will have the opportunity to actively engage and interview other students, researchers, and clinicians regarding roles and responsibilities in biomedical research and collaborative care of cancer. Roles and Responsibilities to promote and advance the health of populations with cancer will be targeted as follows:

1. Students seeking an IPE learning activity will actively participate in the poster session during the Abilene Interdisciplinary Symposium on Cancer & Biomedical Research. Students will need to interview clinicians, researchers, and students from other disciplines regarding their roles and responsibilities in biomedical research and/or collaborative care of patient's with cancer.
2. Following the poster sessions, students will meet with a TTUHSC faculty or staff members and debrief what they learned during the interviews. Students will discuss roles and responsibilities and the impact those have on the health of populations with cancer. The debrief will also focus on how collaboration and learning roles and responsibilities of others on the healthcare team can improve patient outcomes.

The IPE learning objective for this IPE activity includes:

1. Students will be able to relate the roles and responsibilities of various health care professionals and biomedical researchers to promote and advance the health of populations with cancer.
2. Students will be able to discuss how collaboration and understanding roles and responsibilities of others on the healthcare team can improve patient outcomes in cancer.

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

  • Course requirement - IPE Credit

Frequency of the IPE Experience

  • 01. Annually
  • This symposium is held once a year and it is an all day event. This year the symposium will be virtually held.

Duration and/or Timeline of the IPE Experience

  • 04. 6 to 7 hours
  • 6 hours

Campus and/or Location of the IPE Experience

  • Abilene

Average Number of Learners Participating in the IPE Experience

  • 01. up to 50
  • 50

Target Audiences

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Audiences

  • Biomedical Sciences, MS
  • Biomedical Sciences, PhD
  • Biotechnology, MS
  • Graduate Medical Sciences, MS
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences, MS
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences, PhD

School of Health Professions Audiences

  • Molecular Pathology, MS
  • Molecular Cancer & Immunotherapeutic Research

School of Medicine Audiences

  • MS 1
  • MS 2
  • MS 3
  • MS 4
  • Residents

School of Nursing Audiences

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Graduate MSN
  • Post-Master’s/Advanced Practice
  • RN to BSN
  • Second Degree BSN
  • Traditional BSN
  • Veteran BSN

School of Pharmacy Audiences

  • P1
  • P2
  • P3
  • P4
  • SOP Residents

School of Population and Public Health Audiences

  • Public Health, MPH Traditional
  • Public Health, MPH Online


Professors from ACU, HSU, McMurry and Cisco will be presenters and students from all these institutions will be attending.

IPE Learning Objectives for the Experience

Values and Ethics

  • VE09. Maintain competence in one’s own profession in order to contribute to interprofessional care.
  • VE01. Promote the values and interests of persons and populations in health care delivery, One Health, and population health initiatives.
  • VE06. Collaborate with honesty and integrity while striving for health equity and improvements in health outcomes.

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.


  • C04. Promote common understanding of shared goals.
  • C05. Practice active listening that encourages ideas and opinions of other team members.
  • C07. Examine one’s position, power, role, unique experience, expertise, and culture towards improving communication and managing conflicts.

Teams and Teamwork

  • TT04. Use shared leadership practices to support team effectiveness.

Type of Learner Assessment Administered

  • Self-reflection with facilitated debrief

Formal Assessment Protocol used, if Applicable

Type of Program Evaluation Administered

  • Activity feedback/evaluation – from faculty, facilitators, and/or preceptors

Provide Details on the Potential Sustainability of the IPE Experience

  • Dedicated resources
  • Met an identified need or gap

Provide Dedicated Funding Sources:

  • Decentralized school or program funding

Roles of Faculty/Staff in the IPE Experience:

  • Facilitators
  • Instructors and/or preceptors
  • Planning committee members
  • Faculty and staff are involved in planning and organizing the interdisciplinary event. In addition, faculty will be speakers at the event talking about their novel research discoveries which may help in cancer treatment. TTUHSC faculty and staff will also serve as facilitators for the learner debrief following the poster session.

Additional Information About the IPE Experience, if Necessary

IPE Experience Organizer

  • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • Office of Global Health
  • School of Health Professions
  • Laura W. Bush Institute
  • Public Health
  • Abilene Christian University, Hardin Simmons University, McMurry, Cisco Col

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

Talia Jaryszak, Kimberly Sullivan and/or Dr. Sanjay Srivastava