Medication Cleanout: An Interprofessional Community Engagement Event

TTUHSC Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) Experience

Title of the Interprofessional Practice and Education Experience

Medication Cleanout: An Interprofessional Community Engagement Event

Experience Status


Approval Date Range

8/7/2019 - 2/26/2025

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

  • Experiential and/or clinical learning
  • Service learning and/or community engagement project

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.
  • 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
  • Reducing the cost of care
  • Enhancing the experience of care
  • Advancing health equity

Detailed Description and Purpose of the IPE Experience

Community engagement provides the opportunity for interprofessional learning, as interprofessional teams of students work side-by-side to respond to challenges faced by communities. Interprofessional community engagement activities provide students with knowledge about the community (including assets within the community), as well as allow students to develop trusting collaborative care relationships, learn social determinants of health, be flexible, and foster a long-term commitment to staying engaged in the community. Interprofessional community engagement learning experiences also have the potential to increase students’ comfort in developing relationships with patients and families from different cultures and who have different lifestyles and socialization.

In Texas, poisonings are second only to motor vehicle accidents as a cause of death from unintentional injury. Unused medications in the home can be the source of these poisonings. Additionally, poisonings are not limited to children, just under half of calls to poison centers are about teens and adults. Furthermore, abuse of prescription medications is one of the fastest-growing drug problems in the nation. This is particularly a problem among teens. Prescription drug abuse is now second only to marijuana abuse. Parents, grandparents, friends, or acquaintances are frequently the unknowing source. The sharing of medicine with others is an unsafe & potentially deadly practice. Self-treatment with an inadequate supply of antibiotics can result in antibiotic resistance and a delay in appropriate medical attention. The use of medications by others for illness or pain can be harmful as well.

Medication Cleanout is a community event designed (1) to prevent medication poisonings, (2) to prevent medication abuse, and (3) to prevent medication misuse by promoting proper disposal of unsafe and expired medications in an environmentally responsible manner and to provide medication safety education to the event participants. Medication Cleanout event takes place twice per year, one in Fall Semester and one in Spring Semester on the Abilene, Amarillo, and Lubbock campuses. The first Medication Cleanout event occurred in Amarillo, TX on 2009. Since then, there have been over 60 Medication Cleanout™ events across TTUHSC campuses with disposal of more than 50,000 pounds of unwanted medication. These medications are no longer available as a source for poisonings, abuse, misuse or environmental contamination.

During this event, the health profession students will have an opportunity for interprofessional collaboration to complete various tasks required for the appropriate disposal of unsafe and expired medications. Type of tasks include greeting the public/event participants and administering a survey, collecting unused medications at the drive-through, obscuring patient information from prescription bottles, sorting controlled substances from non-controlled and over the counter medications, and collecting research data regarding these items. Through this interaction health profession students will see first-hand the magnitude of the problem of medication non-compliance and medication waste as well as learn about the importance of proper disposal and the medication safety education. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with law enforcement officials that are on-site to ensure appropriate and legal procedure and processes are maintained; allowing them to develop introductory relationships with critical community officials. Supervision of these events is provided by health profession faculty members and community law enforcement officials as well as staff from the Texas Panhandle Poison Center of TTUHSC.

Agenda of the events are as follows:

One day prior to events: All new volunteers attend one training session conducted from 5:30-6:30 pm on the respective event campus.
Shift 1: 9:15 am to 2:15 am: Check-in and work at one of the assigned tasks
Shift 2: 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Check-in and work at one of the assigned tasks

The interprofessional community engagement event is structured as follows:
1. Interprofessional pre-event huddle/training: During the huddle and training session, students will go over team assignments, roles and responsibilities, teamwork strategies, and values/ethics related to the event participants. Students will then work together to complete the assigned tasks.
2. Interprofessional community engagement event: Health profession students will be stationed in various tasks to promote proper disposal of unsafe and expired medications in an environmentally responsible manner and to provide medication safety education to the event participants. They will learn about the importance of protecting patient privacy and confidentiality as well as the need to remove protected health information from medication labels prior to sending these meds to be processed at various stations.

In addition to completing the assigned tasks, health profession student teams will be distributing medication safety materials and information to event. This may include information regarding methods and locations for the proper disposal of medications (e.g., how to dispose controlled medication in a non-retrievable manner, where to dispose sharps) year round (not just at events) and the resources to contact in case of the accidental/non-accidental poisoning events (e.g., contact information of the poisoning center, 1-800-222-1222).

3. Feedback and survey: Following the event, students complete a feedback sheet and an interprofessional education survey of 5 questions related to interprofessional practice and education.

1. Examine the roles and responsibilities of a variety of healthcare professionals participating in a community engagement event.
2. Participate as a team member in an interprofessional community engagement event.

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

  • Community service credit
  • Course requirement
  • Program and/or school requirement
  • Voluntary basis

Frequency of the IPE Experience

  • 02. Semesterly
  • Fall Semester (September or October) and Spring Semester (March or April)

Duration and/or Timeline of the IPE Experience

  • 03. 4 to 5 hours
  • 04. 6 to 7 hours
  • 4 to 6 hours per shift (morning shift and afternoon shift available for event date)

Campus and/or Location of the IPE Experience

  • Amarillo
  • Abilene
  • Lubbock

Average Number of Learners Participating in the IPE Experience

  • 01. up to 50
  • 40-50

Target Audiences

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Audiences

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

School of Health Professions Audiences

  • Addiction Counseling, MS
  • Athletic Training, MAT
  • Audiology, AuD
  • Medical Laboratory Science (Certificate)
  • Medical Laboratory Science (Second Degree), BS
  • Medical Laboratory Science, BS
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS
  • Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, MS
  • Healthcare Administration, MS
  • Healthcare Management, BS
  • Molecular Pathology, MS
  • Physical Therapy, DPT
  • Rehabilitation Science, ScD
  • Physician Assistant Studies, MPAS
  • Rehabilitation Science, PhD
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (Second Degree), BS
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, BS
  • Speech-Language Pathology, MS
  • Occupational Therapy, OTD
  • Occupational Therapy (Post-Professional), OTD-P

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


IPE Learning Objectives for the Experience

Values and Ethics

  • VE04. Value diversity, identities, cultures, and differences.
  • VE06. Collaborate with honesty and integrity while striving for health equity and improvements in health outcomes.
  • VE01. Promote the values and interests of persons and populations in health care delivery, One Health, and population health initiatives.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • 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.


  • C03. Communicate clearly with authenticity and cultural humility, avoiding discipline-specific terminology.
  • C01. Communicate one’s roles and responsibilities clearly.
  • C04. Promote common understanding of shared goals.

Teams and Teamwork

  • TT07. Share team accountability for outcomes.
  • TT03. Practice team reasoning, problem-solving, and decision-making.
  • TT04. Use shared leadership practices to support team effectiveness.
  • TT10. Discuss organizational structures, policies, practices, resources, access to information, and timing issues that impact the effectiveness of the team.

Type of Learner Assessment Administered

  • Attitudinal and/or perceptions survey

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 personnel
  • Dedicated resources
  • We have a committee of the faculty from TTUHSC to continue to collaborate together on community events

Provide Dedicated Funding Sources:

  • In-kind contributions

Roles of Faculty/Staff in the IPE Experience:

  • Leadership team members
  • Planning committee members
  • TTUHSC Faculty have collaborated together to set up the medication cleanout event and integrate their learners

Additional Information About the IPE Experience, if Necessary

IPE Experience Organizer

  • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • School of Pharmacy

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

Jeanie Jaramillo, (806-414-9402)