At MD Anderson, we believe that education drives success. Our TIPS Education Center is a full-service education core that specializes in designing, implementing and evaluating education products to meet your unique education and training needs. Our team develops customized, innovative education solutions to bridge knowledge gaps, improve patient care, minimize patient harm and mitigate risk. Our education products are designed as quality interventions to improve outcomes, processes, flow and teaming.
Our team includes nationally recognized leaders in education, instructional designers, clinical educators, graphics designers, simulation operations technologists, and videographers, and we specialize in:
- Interprofessional education
- eLearning products
- Simulation-based education
- Curriculum development
- Cognitive and job aids development
- Graphics design
- Video recording/editing
- Soft skills training (Breaking Bad News, Patient Experience)
- Procedural boot camps
Work with us
Whether it's for quality interventions, performance improvement, remediation or knowledge acquisition, the TIPS Education Center is ready to help you develop outcome-focused education.
Please download and fill out the service request form in Adobe.
Submit to TIPS@mdanderson.org once completed.
Take our courses
From eLearning modules to fully immersive simulations to improving interpersonal skills and clinical reasoning courses, we offer hundreds of continuing education courses.
Interprofessional Education (IPE) occurs when two or more professions learn with, from, and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care.
Team-based care is a critical component of safe, quality oncology care. Evidence supports IPE and team training improves healthcare professionals’ knowledge, skills, attitudes, individual and team performance, and patient outcomes. Evidence also supports the opposite: poor team performance leads to poor patient outcomes. Over the past decade, there have been increasing pressure from national medical education organizations and accreditation bodies for interprofessional education that leads to competencies towards collaborative practice or team-based care. IPE helps us to teach and learn as a team.
Our team uses IPE and principles of collaborative practice to gain higher reliability in patient safety, care and experience while providing team-based care. We also maintain a database of IPE activities across MD Anderson. If you would like to register your IPE, email Helene P. Phu.
The education design and instruction office provides world-class instructional design services, educational products, and education technology resources that support online, flipped, blended, and classroom learning modalities. Our education engineers successfully bridge the space between clinician, scientist and master educator through services and resources that support the dissemination of academic achievements and best practices using the best education science and evidence.
The Clinical Emergency Management office delivers quality improvement tools, assessment, and interventions to improve clinical medical emergency responses across all MD Anderson facilities. Our team customizes each training session to meet the unique needs of each clinical environment and uses an innovative, interactive and interprofessional approach to prepare every employee for action.
Clinical Emergency Management also collaborates with the American Heart Association (AHA) to provide basic and advanced life support courses. We offer the following courses:
- Basic Life Support – Healthcare Provider
- Basic Life Support – Heartsaver
- Basic Life Support and First Aid (by request)
- Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support Course
The TIPS Education Center is able to provide immersive simulation education and training just about anywhere. We strive to be the international model of excellence in health care simulation for cancer care. We are recognized by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare for our quality educational programs, which feature research-based, innovative and state-of-the-art education and training, as well as competency validation tools. We can help create, plan and conduct education events in the original environment or at our state-of-the-art Simulation Center.
The Simulation Center is a 15,000 square foot simulated clinical environment. We offer different simulation and education technologies to achieve a wide range of learning objectives. We are able to design fully immersive settings, such as hospital rooms and even airplane cabins, or provide a classroom environment. Here's a brief look at our services and facility's features:
This room seats up to 50 learners and can be used as a conference room or classroom.
High-Tech Hospital Simulation Rooms
The center has four hospital simulation rooms that can mimic the various clinical settings across MD Anderson. These rooms can be used to simulate surgeries, patient interactions, and hone teaming skills.
Simulation for Training Classrooms
These four classrooms allow instructors and learners to focus on developing specific skills, such as central line insertion, lumbar puncture and para/thoracentesis using partial task trainers with phantom technology.
Special Procedure and Skill-based Classrooms
The center offers space for learners to develop a variety of airway-, vascular-, lumbar- and catheter-related skills.
Surgical and Clinical Skills/Techniques Support
The simulation staff works directly with front-line educators in conducting (scheduling, supplying and supporting) discipline specific animate and inanimate techniques labs. We partner with internal institutional resources and most Texas Medical Center institutions to fully operationalize and support MD Anderson’s advanced clinical and surgical education events across the medical center.
Audio/Video Capture Capabilities
Most of these rooms feature SimCapture, a program that records and stores education events for subsequent review.
Most of our simulation technologies are inherently immersive and enable realistic training utilizing the same equipment employed throughout the institute without danger to the patient population. This level of realism and interactivity empowers our participants with directly relevant knowledge.
Some of the programs and capabilities we offer include:
- Laerdal Simulators: 3G w/ASL 5000, Essential, Junior, Baby)
- Anatomage Table- 3D: Anatomy and Physiology
- FLS Laproscopic: Surgery Trainers
- Ultrasound (GE and SonoSite)
- VitalsBridge: Monitor Technology
- LLEAP Software: Patient Simulation
James Cavalier, Jr., Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the TIPS Education Center. In his role, he coordinates the development of both long- and short-term strategic business plans for the TIPS Education Center and its 10,000 stakeholders to effectively influence hospital-wide quality and safety initiatives.
Dr. Cavalier has more than 25 years experience providing professional health care education. He has extensive expertise on how education, when used as quality interventions, impacts behaviors at the bedside. Additionally, he has senior-level management experience where he has maintained responsibility for nursing, rehabilitation services, dietary, infection control, laboratory, employee education, and employee health departments.
Dr. Cavalier also is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE).
Helene P. Phu, M.Ed., RN, is the program director for the Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice program in the TIPS Education Center.
Phu is a member of the Texas IPE Consortium and co-director of the Health Educators Fellowship Program, which includes faculty members from six UT health schools. She is an appointed member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), where she is a Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) institutional representative and peer reviewer for annual AAMC national conferences.She is a graduate of the University of Toronto Educating Health Professions in Interprofessional Care certificate program.
Other career highlights include working as a staff nurse, research nurse, accreditation specialist, and educator. Her research interests include interprofessional education, teamwork and professional leadership.
Marvin Radford, MSN, MBA, RN, CCRN-K, is the Associate Director for Clinical Emergency Management. He has been with MD Anderson since January of 2002.
In his current role, Marvin is responsible for life support training courses and improving the response of interprofessional health care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, clinical emergencies, and cardiac arrest events.
Marvin has an associate’s degree in science, bachelor’s degree in nursing, master’s in nursing administration and executive MBA. He is a certified critical care nurse (CCRN-K), TeamStepps Master Trainer, ACLS, PALS and BLS instructor. His passion lies in life support training and interprofessional health care simulation.
Mark Blaylock is the Associate Director for the Simulation Center. He oversees and
supports education for faculty, staff and trainees both within the Simulation Center at our Mid Campus 1 Building and in situ across all of MD Anderson. He also oversees the implementation and operation of national and international surgical and clinical skills and techniques labs, and supports the Division of Surgery’s Research and Education labs with technical and instrumentation consultation across multiple RO1 and SPORE projects.
Mark has an Associate and Bachelors of Science Degrees with a focus on Biotechnology/Molecular Biology. He has extensive technical experience in operationalizing research, clinical and educational technologies in industry as well as academic environments.
Mark believes that input and insight from the boots on the ground are one of the most valuable keys to successful and effective solutions. He values competency, innovation and active participation.
Daryl Anildes Gumban, MSN, RN, CRRN-K
Education Design & Instruction
Clinical Emergency Management
Educator, Life Support Training
Clinical Emergency Management
Jasmin Berrios, Ed.D.
Education Design & Instruction
Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice
John Roker, DMSc, PA-C
Education Design & Instruction
TIPS Education Center
Sr Education Specialist
TIPS Educator Center
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
1 Mid Campus Building
7007 Bertner Avenue, Suite 2.1062
Houston, TX 77030