Interprofessional Development, Education, and Active Learning (IDEAL) Teams

The UT Southwestern School of Health Professions sponsors an interdisciplinary course designed to enhance interprofessional development, education, and active learning (IDEAL) for health professions students. The IDEAL curriculum emphasizes communications skills with patients and other members of the health care team. 

The IDEAL program was designed to improve interdisciplinary interaction across programs within the School of Health Professions and across UT Southwestern Medical Center.

First-year students from each of seven educational programs within the School of Health Professions are assigned to small interdisciplinary teams led by faculty facilitators. Discussion topics include behavioral styles, interdisciplinary teamwork, behavioral modification, generational and cultural differences, and health care ethics.

The IDEAL schedule is designed for groups to meet twice monthly over a nine-month period (September to May) and interact with Academic Colleges and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Groups, culminating with participation in Convergence Day activities. 

SHP Convergence Lecture Series

The monthly School of Health Professions Convergence Lecture Series serves as another learning community event for all IDEAL groups. These events provide a venue for the delivery of theme-based science of medicine lectures.

The IDEAL program takes advantage of the learning-community format to foster a deeper understanding of science of medicine themes and further promote interaction with content experts from the two other schools.