Health ed­u­ca­tion cen­ter col­lab­o­rates with hos­pice

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EAS­TON — The East­ern Shore Area Health Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter re­cently col­lab­o­rated with Tal­bot Hos­pice in Eas­ton to host a Geri­atric Assess­ment In­ter­dis­ci­plinary Team work­shop that ex­poses health care stu­dents to the field of geri­atrics and in­ter­dis­ci­plinary health care teams.

Eleven stu­dents from var­i­ous health care pro­grams in­clud­ing medicine, nurs­ing, so­cial work and di­etet­ics at­tended the train­ing. The GAIT pro­gram is sup­ported by an an­nual grant from the Univer­sity Sys­tem of Mary­land Re­de­ploy­ment Grant Sys­tem to the Univer­sity of Mary­land, Bal­ti­more Geri­atrics and Geron­tol­ogy Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search pro­gram. Fund­ing al­lows stu­dents from any of the USM cam­puses to attend. Par­tic­i­pat­ing cam­puses for this GAIT train­ing in­cluded Univer­sity of Mary­land Bal­ti­more, Univer­sity of Mary­land East­ern Shore and Univer­sity of Mary­land Bal­ti­more County.

Stu­dents were able to in­ter­act with the hos­pice in­ter­dis­ci­plinar y team and speak with a hos­pice pa­tient dur­ing the two-day work­shop. Stu­dents learned about com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the hos­pice pa­tient and fam­ily from Tal­bot Hos­pice Be­reave­ment Co­or­di­na­tor Shelly Kulp. The dy­ing process was ex­plained by Di­rec­tor of Clin­i­cal Ser­vices Molly Kirsch.

Clin­i­cal Phar­ma­cist at Shore Re­gional Health and Con­sul­tant Phar­ma­cist for Tal­bot Hos­pice Donald D’Aquila pre­sented on “Med­i­ca­tion Man­age­ment at End of Life.” An­other com­po­nent of the work­shop was led by ESAHEC’s GAIT Co­or­di­na­tor Lisa Wid­maier. Stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in an aging sim­u­la­tion ex­er­cise aimed at in­creas­ing aware­ness of the sen­sory de­pri­va­tion that some older adults ex­pe­ri­ence, as well as in­creas­ing em­pa­thy for these in­di­vid­u­als.

For more in­for­ma­tion on GAIT pro­grams, call the East­ern Shore Area Health Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter at 410221-2600.

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