Convergence – 
Learning Communities

Convergence uses learning communities to enhance learning among and between trainees in UT Southwestern Medical School, UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and UT Southwestern School of Health Professions.

Each school supports a unique learning community design. These different designs serve as structures for advancing interprofessional education among the three schools. The learning communities within each school are:

Academic Colleges

The Medical School sponsors Academic Colleges. Each of the six Academic Colleges brings together clinical teaching faculty as mentors for small groups of students. Students are mentored in clinical medicine and reasoning, interpersonal and communication skills, ethics, professionalism, and human behavior.

Interprofessional Development, Education & Active Learning (IDEAL) Teams

The School of Health Professions sponsors Interprofessional Development, Education & Active Learning (IDEAL) teams. Each team is composed of a small group of students from the various health professions training programs. Faculty advisors who have experience with interdisciplinary communication and other skills lead the groups.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Groups

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences sponsors RCR Groups that are focused on research ethics and professional development. Trainees in each group participate in activities to enhance their knowledge of the conduct of research and their ability to communicate this knowledge to others.