Geriatric Center Continuing Education

In addition to Dean's Lectures and other special events, the primary continuing education activities for health professionals include:

Gerontology Continuing Education Series

Gerontology Continuing Education series are offered several times a year at Meharry Medical College and at Veterans Affairs Hospitals (Nashville live, Murfreesboro via distance learning). These series are designed for a multidisciplinary audience of health care professionals who serve older adults. Courses are not in sequence, and no course requires a prerequisite!

Classes meet on three consecutive Fridays. Typically, four to six contact hours are awarded per day, based on course design and sessions attended. For more information, please contact Carol Galvez-Gutierrez at 615.327.6947 or via email at cgalvez@mmc.edu.


 

Geriatrics & Gerontology Interest Group (GGIG) – Vanderbilt

MCGEC consortium partner, Vanderbilt University, in conjunction with the Dept. of Nursing Education and the Center for Quality Aging, offer monthly GGIG lunchtime lectures from 12:00-1:00 p.m. CME and nursing contact hour credit is awarded and health professionals are encouraged to bring their lunch. Past topics have included "New Developments in Alzheimer's Disease," "Delirium in ED Patients" and "Healthcare Reform and New Medical Care Models." Archived lectures may be viewed online.

For more information about GGIG, please contact Anna Lea Cothron at 615.343.6688 or anna.l.dozier@vanderbilt.edu or visit www.vanderbiltreynolds.org/geriatrics_education_center/vanderbilt


Geriatric Update

The Geriatric Update is an annual, all-day continuing education workshop for physicians, nurses, social workers and other health professional students, faculty and practitioners. CME, CPE and Contact Hours for nurses, social workers and other health professionals are offered.

The 2013 Geriatric Update featured evidence-based presentations on Alzheimer's and related dementias, care transitions & innovative models of care, and cardiovascular health & memory from nationally known experts. Other sessions provided updates on diabetes, personalized medicine, nutrition and caregiver well-being.

For more information, please contact Mary Ann Ruley at 615.327.6947 or via email at mruley@mmc.edu.


 

Vanderbilt Geriatric Workshop

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dept. of Nursing Education, Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit, and MCGEC host all-day workshops for nurses and other health professionals. Past training themes have included "Dementia, Delirium and Depression" and "The Art of Holistic Geriatrics."

The first annual Palliative Care workshop was held Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 at the Millennium Maxwell House hotel.For more information about the geriatric workshops, please contact Anna Lea Cothron at 615.343.6688 or anna.l.dozier@vanderbilt.edu.


 

Aging Simulation Sensitivity Training

In spring of 2012, MCGEC partnered with the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center to conduct several aging simulation sessions for medical and nursing students at Meharry and TSU. Students and faculty learned about normal age-related changes and how they impact daily life. They also "experienced" aging by using an "aging kit" and completing a number of hands-on simulation exercises involving activities of daily living. Feedback was extremely positive as participants reported having an increased sensitivity toward older adults with visual, auditory and sensory loss.

For more information and/or requests for Aging Simulation Sensitivity Training, please contact Grace Smith at 615.327.6947 or gssmith@mmc.edu.