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Interdisciplinary geriatrics education for health professionals

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"Case Challenges in Early Alzheimer's Disease" Continuing Education Course

On September 26, 2013, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), in collaboration with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, released a continuing education course entitled “Case Challenges in Early Alzheimer’s Disease” in support of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Enroll Now for the Gerontology Practitioner Certificate

The WVU School of Social Work Gerontology Practitioner Certificate is a multidisiplinary, continuing education-based program designed to extend the understanding of the process of aging and issues faced in this stage of the life course, as well as strengthen the skills of persons who work with older adults or who care for older loved ones.

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Hand in Hand: A Training Series for Nursing Homes

WVGEC collaborated with West Virginia Medical Institute, West Virginia's Quality Improvement Organization, and the WV State Long Term Care Ombudsman for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services for Hand in Hand: A Training Series for Nursing Homes.

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Geriatric Education Centers, funded under the Public Health Services Act by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), provide training of health professional faculty, students and practitioners in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, disability and other health problems of the elderly. Projects must offer interdisciplinary training involving four or more health professions.

Federal Statutory purposes include the following:
  • improve the training of health professionals in geriatrics
  • develop and disseminate curricula relating to the treatment of the health problems of elderly individuals
  • support the training and retraining of faculty to provide instruction in geriatrics
  • support continuing education of health professionals who provide geriatric care
  • provide students with clinical training in geriatrics in nursing homes, chronic and acute disease hospitals, ambulatory care centers and senior centers

West Virginia’s Geriatric Education Center (WVGEC) is a consortium of partners that include WVU Health Sciences Center – Charleston, Morgantown and Eastern Divisions (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health); Marshall University School of Medicine, WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, WV Rural Health Partnerships which include: the Northern WV AHEC; Eastern WV AHEC; and the Southeastern WV AHEC (Area Health Education Center).
West Virginia Area Health Education Centers

The WVGEC is guided by the following Inter-Professional Faculty Partners who are experts in the field of geriatrics:
WVGEC Faculty and Staff listings

  • Todd H. Goldberg, MD, CMD, FACP; WVU-Charleston Div, Dept. of Internal Medicine,
  • David P. Elliott, PharmD, CGP, FASCP, FCCP, AGSF; WVU-Charleston Division, Dept. of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Barbara Nunley, PhD, MS, BSN; WVU-Charleston Division, School of Nursing
  • Albert Richard Fogle, DO; WV School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Shirley M. Neitch, MD, FACP; Marshall University School of Medicine
  • Vincent DeLaGarza, MD; WVU-Morgantown, Dept. of Family Medicine and Section of Geriatrics
  • Kristina Hash, PhD; WVU – Morgantown, Director, Gerontology Certificate Program, School of Social Work
  • Richard Meckstroth, DDS, WVU – Morgantown, School of Dentistry
  • Sara Jane Gainor, MBA; Assistant Director, Cancer Prevention and Control, MBRCC
  • Charlotte Nath, RN, EdD, CDE; Professor Family Medicine, WVU-Morgantown
  • Alysha Nichols, LCSW, MSW, AADC, MPA; WVU-Charleston Division, School of Social Work

Opportunities and Outcomes

WVGEC is providing a wide range of geriatric training opportunities that include lunch and learns, Interdisciplinary Faculty Training Conferences, on-line learning modules and etc. that focus on rural, underserved areas of our state and enhances the capacity of faculty to build interest and support in the field of geriatric healthcare. A key feature is planning the training activities to include secondary and tertiary outcomes that measure patient outcomes. In addition, we offer a directory of geriatric health speakers for your reference and consideration which were developed at the 2009 WVGEC Leadership Summit. Directory of Geriatric Health Speakers