Students and residents can take part in a projects to teach them how to work in an interprofessional team and provide care based on the needs of an older adult!
You can also take part in our interprofessional capstone and clinical experience projects and learn more about these wonderful community programs! Programs include:
- The Alzheimer’s Associations’ REACH II Program; 1 hour; Available for all Students:The North Central Texas Alzheimer’s Association will do a short presentation on the Association, all their wonderful programs, current, exciting research, and information about Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementia’s. They provide support for caregivers and older adults. Learning from their perspective will help give health profession students an eye opening experience which will be valuable in their future careers.
- Meals on Wheels: 2 hours; Available for all Students: Meals on Wheels Inc. provides meal delivery and other services to homebound adults. Through WE HAIL, UNTHSC students have a unique learning experience with Meals On Wheel, Inc. of Tarrant County to better prepare for their professional careers. Students will tour the new 64,000 sq. ft. offices to get an idea of their programs, the meal preparation area and distribution site. Students will also learn about other health programs offered to adults, such as HomeMeds and Diabetes and Nutritional counseling.
- Coaching A Matter of Balance Class by Senior Citizens Services; 8 hour training session; Available for all Students: Many seniors experience fear of falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. Once trained, the coach will lead 2 small groups within one year of receiving training in order to receive a certification. Students with an interest in working with older adults will learn good communication and interpersonal skills.
Family Medicine Residents will also be given an opportunity to gain a certificate in geriatrics from JPS or UNTHSC/TCOM Plaza Medical Center. This new program provides comprehensive training for Family physicians to provide exceptional geriatrics care within a complex interprofessional team setting. The curriculum includes geriatric grand rounds, experiential learning modules with community programs focused on senior care, and a quality improvement project. This would be an impressive certificate on a resume and be highly valued internationally!
Residents in family medicine will be able to take part in an enhanced curriculum at JPS and UNTHSC/TCOM Plaza Medical Center, focusing on geriatric care. They will be exposed to various community programs focused on reducing falls, promoting physical activity, addressing medication-related problems, improving health status, gaining confidence, decreasing hospital and emergency care, intervening in psychosocial behavior to reduce caregiver burden and depressing, and improving caregiver ability and support.
Clinical decision tools will be integrated within electronic health records in the primary care practices and residency training at JPS to build a platform for partnership and improved transitions between the primary care to community care settings. It is anticipated that these tools will be widely adopted, since they will be available at the point of care meeting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Meaningful Use requirements.
Other Training Resources
Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. There are specific things that you, as their health care provider, can do to reduce their chances of falling. STEADI’s tools and educational materials will help you to Identify patients at low, moderate, and high risk for a fall; Identify modifiable risk factors; andOffer effective interventions.
The Dementia Friendly America tools and resources help communities work toward dementia friendliness.
Connect with individuals, groups and organizations at all levels of experience across the country and help open doors to progress and possibilities.
The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a not-for-profit organization of nearly 6,000 health professionals devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policy makers and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) fosters collaboration between biologists, health professionals, policymakers, behavioral and social scientists, and other age studies scholars and researchers. They believe the intersection of research from diverse areas is the best way to achieve the greatest impact and promote healthy aging.
Take a look at our Events page for upcoming symposiums, conferences, and more!
This page was last modified on April 4, 2017