ESAHEC, geriatric facilities partner for GAIT training
CAMBRIDGE — During the 2016-17 academic year, the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center partnered with five geriatric facilities to host the Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team Training Program, including Chesapeake HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Compass Regional Hospice, Heron Point of Chestertown, University of Maryland Shore Rehab in Cambridge and Atlantic General Hospital.
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, hands-on aging simulation, interdisciplinary team work and a patient interview experience at the host site.
Participating schools included University of Mar yland campuses: Baltimore, Baltimore County and Eastern Shore; Salisbury University; Towson University; and WorWic Community College. 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.
Now in its 21st year, the GAIT program made lasting impressions with 65 students who attended the one- and two-day workshops.
ESAHEC values the collaborative partnerships with the region’s geriatric facilities and continued support from Reba Cornman, 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 Lisa Widmaier at 410-221-2600 or esahecgait@ esahec.org.
Compass Regional Hospice hosted 15 students from physician assistant, pharmacy, social work and nursing programs on Nov. 15 and 16, 2016. Participating staff members included Heather Guerieri, executive director; Shelly Griffith, nurse educator; Lisa Adkins, nurse practitioner; and Sharon Loving, supervisor of support services.