TTUHSC Quality Enhancement Plan

Fall Symposium: Interprofessional Teamwork


Previous Symposium speakers

Fall 2013

Keynote Speaker - Jim Davidson

"Teamwork and Communication at the Extreme Edge"

Jim Davidson is a climber, author and international speaker who shares stories distilled from a lifetime of mountain adventures and rescues.  In 1992, Jim barely survived a terrible climbing accident.  His epic survival tale and the lessons he learned from it are shared in his best-selling memoir, "The Ledge:  An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival".  His story has also been shared internationally via a TV episode of "I Shouldn't Be Alive"..


  • "The Role of Interprofessional Care in Caring for the Geriatric Patient," by Christine Arenson, M.D., is a professor of family and community medicine and vice chair for Academic Affairs at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.  Arenson is also co-director of the Jefferson InterProfessional Education Center.
  • "Sustaining Interprofessional Education" by John H.V. Gilbert, C.M., Ph.D., FCAHS, is founding principal and professor emeritus at the College of Health Disciplines, University of British Columbia in Canada, where he was also founding director of the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, and director of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences.  

2013 Brochure

FALL 2012

Keynote Speaker - Jennifer Arnold, MD, MSc, FAAP

"Interprofessional Teamwork in Simulation"

Jennifer Arnold, MD, MSc, FAAP is the medical director of the Simulation Center at Texas Children's Hospital and is an assistant professor of pediatric, Division of Neonatology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.  She co-starts on TLC's docu-drama, "The Little Couple", which follows her personal and professional life.


  • “Integrating Interprofessional Teamwork into Practice,” by Paul Uhlig, M.D., MPA, FACS, cardiothoracic surgeon, associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita
  • “Demonstration on How to Integrate Interprofessional Teamwork into Simulation Scenarios,” by Kelly Wallin, M.S., R.N., Melissa Cashin, MSN, R.N., Susan Leong-Kee, M.D., Dan Feux


Fall 2011

Keynote Speaker - Bernard Harris, Jr., M.D.

"Interprofessional Teamwork and Healthcare Reform"

Bernard Harris Jr., M.D., former astronaut and TTUHSC School of Medicine alumnus, and author of Dream Walker: A Journey of Achievement and Inspiration is currently Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Vesalius Ventures, Inc., a venture capital firm, that invests in early to mid-stage Healthcare technologies and companies.


  • "How to Integrate Interprofessional Teamwork into the Curriculum" - by William C. McGaghie, PhD, Professor of Medical Education and Professor of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
  • "Interprofessional Collaboration:  Linking the Silos with Simulation" by John M. O'Donnell, DrPH, MSN, RN, CRNA, Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.


Fall 2010

Keynote Speaker - Paul Uhlig, MD, MPA, FACS

"Integrating Interprofessional Teamwork into the Culture and Curricula of a Healthcare Institution"

Dr. Uhlig is medical director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas, and associate professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Kansas University School of Medicine-Wichita. Dr. Uhlig is internationally recognized for pioneering studies of interprofessional healthcare teamwork with active engagement of patients and families. Dr. Uhlig served as external reviewer for the “C3-Creating Collaborative Care” curriculum redesign initiative at the Medical University of South Carolina and established the CLARION initiative for interprofessional healthcare education at the Kansas University School of Medicine-Wichita and Wichita State University College of Health Professions.


  • "Ethics and Teamwork Presentation" - Thomas McGovern, Ed.D., LPC - Panel: Dr. Emily Merrill, School of Nursing, Dr. Melinda Corwin, School of Health Professions, & Dr. Rebecca Sleeper Irons, School of Pharmacy
  • "Implementing "it": Faculty Development, Courses, Curriculum" originally scheduled with Dr. Betsy Vanleit and was replaced with Dr. Uhlig


Fall 2009

Keynote Speaker - Rhea Seddon, M.D.

"Crew Resource Management: The Flight Plan for Lasting Change in Patient Safety"

Dr. Seddon is a former astronaut who flew aboard her first Shuttle flight in 1985. She is the co-author of the book, Crew Resource Management: The Flight Plan for Lasting Change in Patient Safety. Dr. Seddon serves on two Joint Commissions addressing communication in hospitals. She is also the former Assistant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group in Nashville, Tennessee. She is currently associated with Life Wings Partners LLC, which is a team of physicians, nurses, pilots,former astronauts, physician executives, and insurance experts who have adapted teamwork training concepts used in commercial aviation to use in healthcare.