Convergence – History

Genetics of Taste Demo
Students take part in a genetics of taste demonstration.

Convergence arose from a two-year study to identify a project that would have wide impact on the quality of education at UT Southwestern. The project, focused on interprofessional education (IPE), was submitted and accepted as our Quality Enhancement Plan for reaffirmation of Accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

In the first five years, Convergence engaged students of the medical, health professions, and graduate schools in interprofessional activities focused on an annual science-of-medicine theme that featured a prominent investigator, as shown below.

With the 2011 publication of Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, impetus for IPE shifted to its potential to improve clinical practice by enhancing safety, quality, and accessibility. Thus, Convergence and other UT Southwestern leaders agreed in 2014 to refocus IPE on elements of clinical practice. Current participants are UT Southwestern students of medicine and health professions, Texas Woman’s University, UT Arlington students of nursing, and Texas Tech University students of pharmacy.

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