Geriatric Practice Leadership Institute (GPLI)

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Applications due by July 31, 2018

The Geriatric Practice Leadership Institute (GPLI) prepares teams of healthcare professionals to serve as leaders in their institutions and foster geriatric evidence based practices in order to improve outcomes for older adults. Participants from interprofessional teams will be empowered with tools, skills, and experiences as they work together on site-specific quality improvement projects throughout the ten month Institute.

 You can become a leader in geriatrics!

GPLI Brochure

GPLI Application Packet for the 2018-2019 year


The Geriatric Practice Leadership Institute (GPLI) is a collaboration between TCU Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences and UNT Health Science Center. It is designed for individuals and teams positioned as transformational leaders in their organizations. Participants will learn about concepts to effectively lead and work in emerging health care environments for older adults.

The GPLI will inspire and promote interprofessional team-based projects that assist in the real-world application of their newly acquired skills and knowledge. These projects will involve team members learning about, from and with each other; working together and effective functioning as a team; envisioning and creating meaningful interventions designed to` improve quality geriatrics care and patient safety while reducing costs; and taking action to implement interventions in the emerging value-based healthcare systems. The three domains addressed by the GPLI program are:

  • Leading Self & Interprofessional Teams to Drive Patient Outcomes
  • Leading Organizational Change Toward Quality Outcomes
  • Aging Network and Safe Healthcare Delivery for Older Adults

As of now, 52 healthcare professionals have graduated from the program since starting in 2015. They represent a variety of healthcare disciplines and organizations, including Texas Health Fort Worth, UT Southwestern, The Women’s Center of Tarrant County, Brookdale Senior Living and MHMR of Tarrant County. Those who have received this training have reported the following:

  • 95% of participants would recommend the GPLI to a friend or colleague.
  • 95% of participants felt a personal mindfulness of leadership attributes and skills upon completion of the sessions.
  • 100% of participants understood the importance of effective interprofessional teams.

GPLI Graduates share the following comments about what the training has provided for them professionally, as a team, and as part of their organization:

“The GPLI experience increased my confidence in leading teams and provided me with some practical skills for teamwork that I’ve utilized in my workplace, including establishing goals and expectations for group members at the beginning of the time the group begins to work together.”

“I am the team leader of a small pharmacy team and with the training I received in the GLPI program, I now have much more confidence to lead my team. Also, my organization skills really blossomed while working on the GLPI program. IT had been a while since I had been working on a project such as that and it really helped make me overall more organized for my professional life.”

“GPLI is relevant to my career goals in that I work with the geriatric population as my focus and plan to continue to do so. The program enhanced my knowledge of the resources available in my current community for the older adults that I serve, as well as the numerous groups with which collaboration is possible.”

“I learned a lot about population health, which seems to be the growing trend of today’s healthcare. Also, by looking at the other teams’ presentations and projects, our team realized how much we need to get with community resources to really make our project advance and expand. Which is what we have deemed our next goal for the next few months – to try to contact those community resources and mark our brand.”

“The other groups participating in the training were instrumental in my feeling of “we’re all in this together” and the training as a whole enlightened me on how to go about putting together a program and working with others in the process.”

“I’m extremely grateful that I was able to go through the GLPI. Not only did it help me professionally, but personally as well, as I was able to get to know team members a lot better… now I know them a lot better, and if I see them at work, we can rely on each other and work together better.”



Individual Requirements
Team Requirements
Organization Commitment
  • Identified as leaders, either formal or informal, in their organization or community
  • In good standing with their organization
  • Signed GPLI agreement
  • Individual resume/CV
  • Complete individual application
  • At least one team member should have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in healthcare working with a large clientele of geriatric individuals
  • Complete team application
  • 4-5 members per team
  • Each team must propose a quality improvement project to work on during the institute. More information will be provided in the application packet.
  • One letter of reference from the organization or community sponsor supporting the team and individual participation
  • Complete organization or community sponsor application
  • Release time to attend the institute sessions, team meetings with the mentor, time necessary to complete team project
  • Provide support for the team project development and  implementation
  • Ensure that the geriatric team project chosen has the potential for successful implementation
  • Signed GPLI agreement


In this 10 month institute, each team is required to attend 4 Friday sessions, along with a dress rehearsal and final graduation celebration. All sessions will be at the UNTHSC campus. Teams will also meet with faculty coaches in-person.

The 2018-2019 schedule for in-person sessions is as follows:

  • Friday, September 7, 2018
  • Friday, September 28, 2018
  • Friday, October 12, 2018
  • Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Monday, May 6, 2019- Tentative
  • Friday, June 14, 2019- Tentative


Fees are waived for the 2018-2019 year (valued at $2,500 per individual).

Continuing education credit will be available for physicians, physical therapy, social work, pharmacy, and nursing.

This page was last modified on October 3, 2018