Convergence – 
Science of Medicine Themes

Convergence is enhanced by a focus on the science of medicine, linking our UT Southwestern strengths in patient care and research with our educational mission.

Each year, a specific theme is selected for emphasis. A theme director is recruited to identify our keynote speaker and advise our implementation group for the development of an interprofessional case study. Over the course of a year, each learning community participates in activities focused on the selected science of medicine theme.

2013–2014: Science of Medicine Theme – Innate Immunity

Bruce Beutler, M.D., Theme Director
Dan Kastner, M.D., Ph.D., Keynote Speaker
Topic for case study – Autoinflammatory diseases 

2012–2013: Science of Medicine Theme – Medical Genetics

Helen Hobbs, M.D., Theme Director
Harry (Hal) Dietz, M.D., Keynote Speaker
Topic for case study – Marfan syndrome

2011–2012: Science of Medicine Theme – Aging

Craig Rubin, M.D., Theme Director
Nir Barzilai, M.D., Keynote Speaker
Topic for case study – Alzheimer’s disease and falls in the elderly

2010–2011: Science of Medicine Theme – Obesity and Metabolism

Jay Horton, M.D., Theme Director
Stephen O’Rahilly, M.D., Keynote Speaker
Topics for case study – Obesity and fatty liver disease

2009–2010: Science of Medicine Theme – Cancer

James Willson, M.D., Theme Director
Gerard Evan, Ph.D., Keynote Speaker