Students learn the value of interprofessional approaches to geriatric care, team communication and conflict resolution skills, an awareness of issues of aging, and experience the challenges and rewards of geriatrics and rural practice.
Interdisciplinary student teams work with older adults at quality rural geriatric care sites, prepare a team assessment, and discuss it with the host site staff.
In FY15, six GAIT projects in Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties focused on:
SUPPORTING STAY AT HOME: Adult Medical Day Services
MAINTAINING INDEPENDENCE: Healthy Older Adults Meeting Challenges of Aging
MEDICATIONS: Identification & Management of Patients At-Risk for Hospital Re-Admission
ASSISTED LIVING: Optimizing Independence and Support
PAIN MANAGEMENT in Geriatric Rehabilitation
COMMUNITY BASED HOSPICE CARE in a Rural Community
GAIT student team interviews host site resident.
At the conclusion of FY15 projects:
81% of participants were interested in/open to opportunities in geriatrics.
78% of participants were interested in/open to rural practice.
For more information on GAIT please contact Terri Socha, Program Coordinator