Health education center hosts students
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.