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 twice 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

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. Continuing Medical Education (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 Britt Kuertz at 615.936.1499 or or visit

Geriatric Update

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

The 2014 Geriatric Update was held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 and featured nationally recognized experts with updates on Geriatric Mental Health and Alzheimer's/related dementias: Dan Blazer, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. (Duke University) and Peter Rabins M.D., M.P.H. (Johns Hopkins University; Author The 36 Hour Day).  Other sessions will offer updates on Pain Management, Multimorbidity, Care Transitions and Falls Prevention.

For more information, please contact Carol Galvez-Gutierrez at 615.327.6947 or via email at

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," "The Art of Holistic Geriatrics," and "Removing Challenges from Transitions of Care."

MCGEC also partners with Vanderbilt Medical Center on an annual Palliative Care workshop. For more information about these geriatric training offerings, please contact Britt Kuertz at 615.936.1499 or

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