Health ed­u­ca­tion cen­ter hosts stu­dents

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CAM­BRIDGE — The East­ern Shore Area Health Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter part­nered with HealthSouth Ch­e­sa­peake Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Hos­pi­tal in Sal­is­bury on Tues­day, Oct. 9, to host a Geri­atric As­sess­ment In­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary Team Train­ing.

The main goals of the GAIT pro­gram are to im­prove stu­dents’ knowl­edge and at­ti­tudes re­gard­ing older adults and the field of geri­atrics, em­pha­size the value of an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary team ap­proach to the as­sess­ment and treat­ment of older adults, and ex­pose stu­dents to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ty­based fa­cil­i­ties and agen­cies to en­cour­age fu­ture em­ploy­ment in un­der­served ar­eas. GAIT stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in a va­ri­ety of learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing geri­atric-fo­cused lec­tures, a hands-on aging sim­u­la­tion, in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary team work and a pa­tient in­ter­view ex­pe­ri­ence at the host site.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing schools in­cluded Univer­sity of Mary­land Bal­ti­more cam­pus, Univer­sity Mary­land Bal­ti­more County, Univer­sity of Mary­land East­ern Shore, Sal­is­bury Univer­sity and Tow­son Univer­sity. In­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary teams in­cluded stu­dents in medicine, phys­i­cal ther­apy, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy, phar­macy, so­cial work, nurs­ing, nurse prac­ti­tioner and physi­cian as­sis­tant.

Univer­sity Sys­tem of Mary­land GAIT stu­dents are funded by grants through the Geri­atrics and Geron­tol­ogy Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search pro­gram at the Univer­sity of Mary­land Bal­ti­more and com­mu­nity col­lege nurs­ing stu­dents at­tend­ing GAIT are funded through the Johns Hop­kins Geri­atric Work­force En­hance­ment Pro­gram.

In its 22nd year, the GAIT train­ing made last­ing im­pres­sions with the 19 stu­dents who at­tended the one-day work­shop. One stu­dent said, “The best part of the ex­pe­ri­ence was shar­ing our knowl­edge within a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary team and con­tribut­ing to the well­ness of the pa­tient’s health from our own ex­pe­ri­ence and area of spe­cialty.”

ESAHEC val­ues the col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ner­ships with the re­gion’s geri­atric fa­cil­i­ties and con­tin­ued sup­port from Reba Con­man, di­rec­tor of the GGEAR pro­gram at Univer­sity of Mary­land Bal­ti­more, and Jane Marks of Johns Hop­kins GWEP. It is through these part­ner­ships that GAIT par­tic­i­pants are ex­posed to geri­atric care in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in a team-based en­vi­ron­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the GAIT pro­gram at ESAHEC, con­tact Randy Hol­l­i­day at 410-221-2600 or rhol­l­i­

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