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Interprofessional geriatrics education for health professionals

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Geriatrics Retreat/Immersion Training in Care of the Elderly

WV-GRIT—Geriatric Retreat/Immersion Training—is a unique program being held October 3-5, 2014 at Glade Springs Resort. While WV’s elderly population is large, the number of geriatric specialist educators in medicine and related fields is too small. GRIT aims to expand the reach of Geriatric Education in West Virginia by “training the trainer”.

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West Virginia Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Assembly!

The 10th Annual WVGS Scientific Assembly entitled "Care Across the Continuuym: One Family's Journey" will be held on September 17, 2014 at the University of Charleston. Visit for more information. 

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22nd Annual WV Rural Health Conference

The purpose of the WV Rural Health Conference is to promote education and best practices in rural health. 

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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,
  • Raghavendra Mulinti, MD; WVU-Charleston Div., Dept. of Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
  • David P. Elliott, PharmD, CGP, FASCP, FCCP, AGSF; WVU-Charleston Division, Dept. of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Kristina M. Childers, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC; WVU-Charleston Division, School of Nursing
  • 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
  • R. Constance Wiener, MA, DMD, 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
  • Alvin Moss, MD, FACP, FAAHPM; Section Chief, Supportive Care Services, WVU-Morgantown, Dept. of Medicine           

Opportunities and Outcomes

WVGEC is providing a wide range of geriatric training opportunities that include Geriatrics Lunchtime Learning, Advanced GEriatrics Skills training, Health Literacy for Health Professionals training, and trainings that focus on rural and underserved areas of our state. These activities enhance the capacity of faculty to build interest and support in the geriatrics and gerontology. A key feature is planning the training activities to include secondary and tertiary outcomes that measure patient outcomes.