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Gerontology & Geriatrics Education

Jean Neils-Strunjas, K Jason Crandall, Jo Shackelford, Kathryn Dispennette, Lauren Rene Stevens, Allison Glascock
The aim of this study was to assess undergraduate students' perceptions of older adults over the semester in an interprofessional service-learning course that implemented a health promotion program called Bingocize® at community facilities for older adults. Students were surveyed at the beginning of the semester, at midterm, and at the conclusion of the course. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected to assess the students' perceptions and experiences. Results suggest that a course on aging that includes interprofessional service-learning in geriatric settings is associated with a significant increase in positive perceptions of the older adult population...
July 12, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
J W Terri Huh, Rachel Rodriguez, Christine E Gould, Sarah R Brunskill, Luis Melendez, B Josea Kramer
There is an alarming supply and demand gap for geropsychology expertise within the United States. Health policy experts called for increasing geriatric mental health competencies for all mental health providers, including within Veterans Health Administration (VHA), to address this problematic gap. The VHA Geriatrics Scholar Program (GSP) Psychology Track was developed because there were no commercially available trainings in geropsychology for licensed psychologists. Developing the GSP Psychology Track was based on an evidence-based educational model for the VHA primary care workforce; and included a stepwise curriculum design, pilot implementation, and program evaluation...
July 10, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Kathryn Hyer
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July 10, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Justine McGovern
Building on a student-led digital storytelling project, the author suggests that expanding definitions of two core constructs of social work education and practice, experiential learning and cultural competence, can improve outcomes for diverse older clients by increasing competence in multicultural gerontology practice. Using a variety of media, digital storytelling focuses on stories that are not often heard, like those of diverse older adults. Student-led projects provide opportunities for students to engage with experiential learning, a high-impact pedagogy...
June 29, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Sojung Park, Minyoung Kawk, Beth Spencer, Ingersoll-Dayton Berit
Attracting students to gerontological social work has long been difficult. A possible strategy is to provide students with experiential learning opportunities with older adults that provide them with support while reflecting on this work. Our Team Mentored Reflective Practice model represents an effort to enhance students' reflective practice skills in the context of a clinical research project in which both instructors and students form a supportive team. Students reported a number of benefits that included the development of meaningful relationships with older clients, clinical skills that related to memory loss, and the integration of research and practice...
June 25, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Tia Kostas, Randall Knoebel, Stacie Levine
Elderly, multi-morbid patients are at high risk for suffering adverse drug events. Safe medication management is a key process in preventing these adverse events, and requires interprofessional teamwork. We performed a needs assessment survey of graduating medical students and faculty to evaluate student training in medication management, in particular students' preparedness in the three minimum geriatrics competencies pertaining to medication management, interprofessional educational opportunities, and optimal learning methods...
June 21, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Linda Lee, W Wayne Weston, Loretta Hillier, Douglas Archibald, Joseph Lee
Family physicians often find themselves inadequately prepared to manage dementia. This article describes the curriculum for a resident training intervention in Primary Care Collaborative Memory Clinics (PCCMC), outlines its underlying educational principles, and examines its impact on residents' ability to provide dementia care. PCCMCs are family physician-led interprofessional clinic teams that provide evidence-informed comprehensive assessment and management of memory concerns. Within PCCMCs residents learn to apply a structured approach to assessment, diagnosis, and management; training consists of a tutorial covering various topics related to dementia followed by work-based learning within the clinic...
June 21, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Maria Mendoza De La Garza, Christina Tieu, Darrell Schroeder, Kathleen Lowe, Ericka Tung
Medical schools throughout the country struggle with how best to train students to provide quality, patient-centered care to the burgeoning population of older adults. The Senior Sages Program (SSP) is a longitudinal Senior Mentor Program (SMP) that offers students the opportunity to learn about the aging process and core geriatric medicine concepts through the eyes of an aging expert: their Senior Sage. The SSP marries a robust electronic curriculum with an SMP and online discussion board. The aim of this program evaluation was to measure the impact on students' geriatric knowledge and attitudes toward older adults...
June 18, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Phillip G Clark
Gerontology, geriatrics, and mentoring have a lot in common. The prototype of this role was Mentor, an older adult in Homer's The Odyssey, who was enlisted to look after Odysseus' son, Telemachus, while his father was away fighting the Trojan War. Portrayed as an older man, the name "mentor" literally means "a man who thinks," which is not a bad characterization generally for faculty members in gerontology! In particular, gerontological and geriatrics education can teach us a lot about the importance of mentoring and provide some critical insights into this role: (1) the importance of interprofessional leadership and modeling, (2) the application of the concept of "grand-generativity" to mentoring, (3) "it takes a community" to be effective in mentoring others, and (4) the need to tailor mentorship styles to the person and the situation...
May 15, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Xue Bai, Yiqin He, Florian Kohlbacher
This research investigates the facilitators and barriers for older people to adopt e-learning services using qualitative data of older people in a Chinese city. A qualitative approach was applied to explore the perceived facilitators and obstacles toward e-learning adoption with 10 older Chinese aged over 50. The results indicate the following: (1a) Age-related changes and cohort effects were found to be the internal barriers for the adoption of e-learning. (1b) Equipment problems, lack of time, and the availability of alternatives were found to have negative effects on the acceptance of e-learning services...
May 14, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Sandra Shi, Jonathan Lio, Hongmei Dong, Ivy Jiang, Brian Cooper, Renslow Sherer
Despite widespread reforms in medical education across China, nationally there has been no mandate or movement toward systemically incorporating geriatrics into curricula. To what degree medical students are trained and have exposure to geriatric topics remains unclear. We surveyed 190 medical students during their final year of medical school at a Chinese medical university, graduating from reformed and also traditional curricula. The survey was comprised of a subjective assessment of attitudes and reported knowledge, as well as an objective assessment of knowledge via a multiple choice test...
May 8, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Yuya Hagiwara, Juan Pagan-Ferrer, Sandra Sanchez-Reilly
Current standard geriatric curricula and exposure of students to the elderly may be insufficient to influence students' interest in geriatric medicine. We developed an innovative curriculum to address this gap. This study aimed to identify knowledge, skill, and attitude changes of first-year students in an accelerated baccalaureate-MD program toward geriatrics after participation in an early-exposure geriatrics curriculum (GC). The GC consisted of fifteen 3-hr interactive teaching sessions facilitated by various health professionals...
April 23, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Jeannie Lee, Hannah Cioltan, Patty Goldsmith, Beverly Heasley, Marlene Dermody, Mindy Fain, Jane Mohler
As the U.S. population ages and lives longer, we need to assure that future providers are prepared to work in highly functioning interprofessional teams to deliver person-centered care for older adults with complex chronic conditions. Assisted living facilities are ideal venues in which to train interprofessional health sciences students in providing such care. After monthly clinics involving interprofessional students (from the colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and school of social work) providing team-based care to older adults, students' post-clinic evaluations indicated perceived improvements in knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions about aging and care of older adults...
April 13, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Kate M Lally, Constance M Ducharme, Rachel L Roach, Caitlin Towey, Rachel Filinson, Ana Tuya Fulton
There is a well-described need to increase the competence of the primary care workforce in the principles of geriatrics and palliative care, and as value-based payment models proliferate, there is increased incentive for the acquisition of these skills. Through a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program grant, we developed an adaptable curriculum around commonly encountered topics in palliative care and geriatrics that can be delivered to multidisciplinary clinicians in primary care settings. All participants in this training were part of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and were motivated to improve to care for complex older adults...
April 9, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Margaret M Manoogian, Melissa L Cannon
As our global older adult populations are increasing, university programs are well-positioned to produce an effective, gerontology-trained workforce (Morgan, 2012; Silverstein & Fitzgerald, 2017). A gerontology curriculum comprehensively can offer students an aligned career development track that encourages them to: (a) learn more about themselves as a foundation for negotiating career paths; (b) develop and refine career skills; (c) participate in experiential learning experiences; and (d) complete competency-focused opportunities...
April 2, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Andrea June, Carrie Andreoletti
Most research on intergenerational service-learning has focused on the benefits for college students, with fewer studies examining the benefits to older adults. The present study was designed to assess the impact on older adults of participating in Working Together: Intergenerational Student/Senior Exchange, a brief intergenerational service-learning program that brings together college students and older adults as equal partners to promote intergenerational understanding and communication. Older adults from an assisted living community met up to six times with students enrolled in aging-related courses to discuss a variety of topics and get to know one another...
April 2, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Judith L Howe
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April 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Thomas V Caprio
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April 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Mary E Camp, Haekyung Jeon-Slaughter, Anne E Johnson, John Z Sadler
Medical students' early clinical encounters may influence their perceptions of geriatrics. This study examines reflective essays written by 3rd -year medical students on required clinical rotations. Using content analysis, the authors analyzed the essays' thematic content. The authors then used chi-squared analysis to compare themes with geriatric patients (age 60+) to themes with other age groups. One hundred twenty out of 802 essays described a geriatric patient. The most common geriatric themes were (1) death and dying, (2) decision making, (3) meaningful physician-patient interactions, (4) quality of care, and (5) professional development...
April 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Linda Pang, Reena Karani, Sara M Bradley
Transitions of care is an important part of patient safety that is not often taught in medical schools. As part of a curriculum for patient safety and transitions of care, third-year medical students followed patients they cared for during their inpatient rotations on a posthospital discharge visit. Students answered reflection questions on these visits, which were reviewed at a group debriefing session. The written reflections and oral debriefings were analyzed qualitatively to identify what medical students were able to learn from a posthospital discharge visit...
April 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
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