Training & Programs
Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias
The WVGEC was awarded supplemental funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide training on Alzheimer's disease and Related Dementias. The first training can be accessed here ADRD Training slides and has the following learning objectives:
- Demonstrate the ability to recognize the signs and symptoms of ADRD
- Describe the steps necessary to assess for and diagnose ADRD when it is present
- Describe general strategies for managing ADRD in the context of other health conditions
- Recognize caregiver burden and depression, and describe strategies for working with an ADRD caregiver who demonstrates significant burden and/or depression
- Describe how to facilitate referrals to community resources and clinical trials for patients/families with ADRD.
In addition, WVGEC partnered with WVMI & Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network on a three part Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias webinar series. Follow the links below to access the three webinars.
This first webinar in the series explores the signs and symptoms of ADRD and describes necessary steps to assess for and diagnose ADRD when present.
The second webinar in this series describes the general strategies for managing ADRD in the context of other health conditions, recognizes caregiver burden and depression and helps provide resources for ADRD caregivers and health care professionals.
The final webinar in this series defines ADRD behaviors and identifies triggers, the meaning of those behaviors and triggers as well as possible causes and effective techniques for managing challenging behaviors.
The Advanced GEriatrics Skills (AGES) program is a certification course that increases the geriatrics competency of all health professionals who care for and/or work with older adults. AGES page
Pain is the “fifth vital sign” for patients. The WVGEC's evidence-based palliative care project has the overall goal of improving the assessment of pain in individuals with cognitive impairment who are unable to verbally report pain. The PAIN-AD training video was developed by the WVGEC and uses patient simulation exercises to teach participants how to use the PAIN-AD tool.
Instructions for accessing the PAIN-AD training:
Register at this link https://sole.hsc.wvu.edu/Public/SelfEnroll/2629. Provide your name, email address and phone number in the boxes that appear. You will then be sent an email with a temporary password (NOTE: it could take up to 15 minutes for the email to appear in your inbox). The email will instruct you to reset your password. Log in with your username (email address) and new password. If you have any issues logging in please contact SOLE support at email@example.com or 304-293-2491 (option 1).
Once logged in, select Site Content and Pain AD Interactive Video Lecture and then Pain AD Lecture with Survey. There is a brief registration section at the beginning of the video. After the registration section, the video will flow automatically into the content for the training. Continuing education credits are not available at this time.
David K. Brown Geriatrics Scholar Program
The David K. Brown Geriatrics Scholar Program is designed to advance competency in geriatrics by offering interprofessional learning experiences that are evidenced based and designed to increase skills and expertise. The curriculum includes a variety of options for self-study, online training and in-person learning events which will provide advanced skill in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease, disability and other health related needs of older adults, including psychosocial aspects of aging. Trainees are mentored by expert geriatrics faculty and network with other professionals specializing in geriatrics who are located throughout West Virginia. Upon completion of 40 hours of continuing education credits and/or study of approved curriculum, scholars receive a Certificate of Excellence in Geriatrics. DKB Program Application
Health Literacy Training Program
Low and limited health literacy is a public health issue that impacts understanding and adhering to recommended treatments and directions for health care in our older population. Learn from experts in the field about the prevalence and impact as well as how to help patients and clients understand by attending an interactive and engage in the health literacy training program. Health Literacy Training Program page
Geriatrics Journal Club
Interdisciplinary Geriatrics Journal Club meetings are held monthly in Room 3292 on CAMC Memorial Campus in Charleston. The meetings are an interactive review of topics published in current geriatrics literature led by a rotating schedule of presenters and followed by discussion and critical analysis. Faculty and students of WVU Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work are invited to attend as well as any other intersted health care professional at CAMC or in the community.
Please contact Suzanne Kemper for more details.
Geriatric Medicine Fellowships
WVU HSC Eastern Division Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
Geriatric Pharmacy Residency