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Associated Health Training  

Associated Health Training

The GRECC hosts trainees funded through the VA Associated Health Training Program in allied health fields such as nursing, social work, psychology, pharmacy, and audiology/speech pathology. VA Associated Health trainees have field placements at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center as well as other VA facilities throughout VISN 2. These trainees work in collaboration with Mount Sinai fellows, medical students, and medicine residents who rotate through the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. In addition to their clinical experience, the traineeship includes weekly interdisciplinary seminars and other educational opportunities. Seminars focus on geriatric care, palliative care, and interdisciplinary teamwork in a varied format including case analysis and interactive exercises.

Rural Health Training Initiative (RHTI)

Rural Health Training Initiative (RHTI)

The VISN 2 Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), based at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center, and the Hudson Valley VA Healthcare System are collaborating to develop a plan for the Hudson Valley Rural Geriatric Education Collaborative (HVRGEC) to train students in the fields of Social Work, Psychology, Physician Assistants, Pharmacy, and Medicine in rural geriatrics. This collaborative program aims to prepare associated health and medical trainees to provide healthcare to rural Veterans. The GRECC will work closely with Hudson Valley to offer multi-modal educational offerings including clinical, didactic, education, and research projects based at the Castle Point and Montrose campuses; Monticello, Port Jervis, and Pine Plains CBOCs; and the GRECC. The HVRGEC will combine the resources, expertise, and leadership of the GRECC and Hudson Valley and will leverage existing clinical programs, education partnerships, and academic affiliations to initiate a targeted training program in rural geriatrics. The HVRGEC is a three-year project (FY 2013- FY 2015), with the AY 2012-2013 year (Year 1) serving as a pilot year.

Geriatric Scholars Community

Geriatric Scholars Community

Geriatric Scholars Community (GSC), is a virtual learning community for primary care providers and staff. It facilitates interactive interdisciplinary learning and fosters an environment that allows health care staff to join a community of practice.  GSC now offers 14 CME accredited self-paced course modules at at no cost. For more information, contact eugenia.dorisca@va.gov or join the Community at www.gerischolars.org

Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship Program

Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship Program

A national network of six interprofessional palliative care fellowship programs was funded in 2002 by the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide the best possible care for the nation’s Veterans by transforming the care of the seriously ill. The James J. Peters VA Medical Center VISN 2 GRECC Program hosts one of these fellowship programs and has graduated 36 fellows from social work, psychology, medicine, pharmacy and nursing.

Rural Interdisciplinary Team Training Program

Rural Interdisciplinary Team Training Program

The Rural Interdisciplinary Team Training (RITT) Program is sponsored by the VA Geriatric Scholars Program. It is a manualized, on-site training that aims to strengthen inter-professional teams at rural VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC). Objectives are to increase geriatrics team-based expertise; provide primary care providers education and training in common geriatric conditions; and incorporate team-based geriatrics knowledge and skills into CBOC providers’ practice. The training meets a demand for enhanced geriatric knowledge and skills in the rural primary care setting. Furthermore, the benefits of inter-professional teamwork in a primary care setting are numerous: improved patient care, decreased duplication of services, potential reduction of costs, more efficient patient transitions between sites of care, reduction in medication errors, promotion of creative solutions to complex problems, enhanced involvement of caregivers, and the distribution of workload in overburdened practices. The 8-hour curriculum, which is co-facilitated by a clinician and an educator, combines didactic and interactive learning styles. Participants are provided with educational and clinical resources such as pocket cards, articles, interactive booklets, and DVDs.  For more information, contact Eve.Gottesman@va.gov

GRECC Connect

The Bronx VA GRECC provides consultation via virtual medicine telehealth for complex geriatric cases, and on-going, bi-weekly case-based training. GRECC-based support includes on and off site mentoring for establishing and reinforcing teams, further training and consultation via telephone, CVT, or e-consult by a geriatrician and interdisciplinary team members, and support to VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) providers in programmatic implementation of quality improvement programs to improve quality of care for older Veterans. Through this effort, we will equip these rural CBOC PACT teams to manage commonplace geriatric issues more confidently, and facilitate standardized approaches to access GRECC or GEC expertise and consultation more effectively for more complicated cases. Furthermore, the project may improve non-institutional performance measures, provider knowledge, confidence, and satisfaction, and reduce rate of extended care admissions. For more information please contact Shatice Jones at shatice.jones@va.gov or, visit:  GRECC Connect  

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