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Professional Training in Geriatrics

NYIT Department of Nursing has been awarded a $500,00 Grant for Geriatric Healthcare Curriculum Development from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Read detail about this grant here

This grant is funding the Workforce Advancement through Geriatric Education (WAGE) Training program: The multidimensional care and knowledge needed to assist the aging population in optimizing and maintaining their health status requires expertise and continued education for all levels of health care providers.

Older adults, who are living longer with multiple health problems (many of which are chronic) are requiring more health care. This unique NYIT program focuses on increasing the geriatric expertise and competency level of licensed nurses and paraprofessionals who are caring for the aging population.

Advance your career with knowledge about caring for older adults in a fast-track, innovative, 20 hour  continuing education geriatric program at no cost to participants.

For details, visit the NYIT Department of Nursing website here.

A grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, USDHHS

Starting Date: Sept. 30, 2011
End date: Sept. 29, 2016

Project Summary/Abstract

This five-year project focuses on training Family Physicians in geriatrics and educational methodologies so that they can help create a large body of instruction on geriatric topics and to meet the following primary local and national needs for physicians able to provide effective care for the elderly:

  • Geriatric manpower: Meet the workforce needs for geriatrically prepared Family Physicians by enhancing the geriatrics and gerontology knowledge and skills of Family Physician medical school faculty and Family Physician attending physicians at affiliated hospitals
  • Interdisciplinary team training:  Care for the elderly is most effectively provided by healthcare teams.  We will prepare our Family Medicine faculty with the educational skills to form and train interdisciplinary healthcare teams for care of the elderly.
  • Informal caregivers:  Enhance the skills of faculty to facilitate training of informal caregivers to the elderly through a two-stage process:  train family physician faculty and attending physicians to teach caregiver skills, these faculty then train students in these skills, who then train the caregivers.
  • Educational/technology skills:  To prepare faculty to assist with the development of instructional materials, we will provide training to these faculty on the methods of developing curriculum materials and their delivery utilizing instructional technologies.

To attain these objectives, we will extensively use a train-the-trainer approach to train Family Medicine medical school faculty and Family Medicine hospital and clinic attending physicians in educational methodology and geriatrics curriculum development and delivery (including technological methods).  These trainees will then participate in the development of learning modules of geriatric content.  People who create educational materials learn the material very well in addition to making it available to others. Trainees will then enhance the geriatrics-oriented curriculum for medical students and Family Medicine residents through lectures, small group teaching, self-instructional modules, and technology-based methods, foster team-based care for the elderly, and train medical students to improve the skills of informal caregivers of the elderly.  Print modules will be developed for all content; these will be rigorously evaluated and, after any modifications, will be converted to PowerPoint and video (DVD) presentations for lecture, self-instruction and distance learning.  The trained faculty will share their knowledge of geriatrics with classes of 300 students per year.

For question or comments, please contact David Yens at