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The Center on Aging

Educational Activities/Opportunities


Overview

Education is a focal point of both the University of Colorado and the Center on Aging, and it will continue to be a top priority into the twenty-first century

Whom Do We Educate?

  • Health professionals from the University, Veterans Administration Medical Center, community affiliates and many private organizations in a bi-weekly Geriatric Grand Round series.
  • Students in five graduate health professional programs on the campus, through both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary training:
    • Medicine
    • Nursing
    • Dentistry
    • Pharmacy
  • University of Denver students in Social Work and Law Programs, through interdisciplinary educational activities.
  • CU campus groups, through Center on Aging faculty who present numerous interdisciplinary activities such as:
    • Training for non-primary care physician groups
    • Lectures in Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Physical Therapy.
  • Urban and rural outreach areas of the state, through discipline-specific and interdisciplinary geriatric continuing education, provided by Center on Aging faculty in cooperation with the Area Health Education Centers throughout the state.
  • National and international professional organizations, in geriatric seminars presented by Center on Aging faculty.

How and Where We Educate

The interdisciplinary faculty of the Center on Aging use a variety of teaching methods for the multitude of student/trainees. For example:

  • One-to-one discipline-specific and interdisciplinary encounters with students on clinical rotations:
    • Formal didactic lectures
    • Case discussions
    • Impromptu interdisciplinary team meetings.
  • Block rotations that include semester-long interdisciplinary didactic and community-based clinical experientials for:
    • Graduate level adult/geriatric and family nurse practitioner students
    • Graduate social work students
    • Doctor of pharmacy
    • Dental students
  • Month-long geriatric rotations for the general internal medicine and family medicine residents.
  • Multi-year longitudinal ambulatory care rotations for medical students in their primary care rotations.
  • Development of self-study educational materials.

The educational experiences include direct patient care in a variety of ambulatory settings:

  • The Senior's Clinic at University Hospital
  • Denver Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Private not-for-profit, and for-profit geriatric clinics
  • Residential nursing homes
  • Total Long-term Care, a Colorado PACE replication site
  • Hospice
  • Home care.

In addition, students/trainees are involved in acute inpatient hospital settings and consultation services at:

  • University Hospital
  • VA
  • Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit at the Denver VA.

The Colorado Geriatric Education Center, in conjunction with the Colorado AHEC system or other state and community agencies, has provided geriatric continuing education to over 6000 health professionals throughout the state.

Geropharmacy Continuing Education

Programs

  • Medicine resident geriatrics rotation
  • Medical student geriatrics elective
  • Geriatric fellowship
  • Pharmacy students
  • Dental students
  • Nurse practitioner students

Ongoing Educational Activities

  • Geriatric Grand Rounds: The Geriatric Grand Rounds are high quality presentations geared towards trainees in our teaching programs. They are attended by an average of 50-60 professionals from the campus and community. They are held on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursday mornings from September through May, 7:30 - 8:30 am, in the Board Room (room 7000), Anschutz Office Building, on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. The Anschutz Office Building is located at 12631 East 17th Ave. These presentations are accredited for continuing medical education credits (ACCME).
  • Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team in a Managed Care Setting