SGEC’s geriatric training programs for health professionals are offered in many formats and with many different emphases for different audiences. They all have in common the assumption that geriatric training for health providers should be done in the context of our diverse population of older adults. In the following tabs the major types of programs offered during the current funding cycle (2010-2015) are described.
Faculty Development Programs in Ethnogeriatrics
160-Hour Faculty Development Program in Ethnogeriatrics
The Stanford Geriatric Education Center (SGEC), in the Stanford University School of Medicine, invites academic faculty to apply for an intensive 12-month 160-Hour Faculty Development Program in Ethnogeriatrics (FDPE). This hybrid (in-person and online) educational experience employs a train-the-trainer approach for interprofessional/multidisciplinary geriatric health care faculty. FDPE development and implementation are funded by a USDHHS, Bureau of Health Professions GEC grant (No. UB4HP19049). Requirements for the SGEC one-year FDPE include:
- On-Site Intensive Training (July 8-11, 2014). Four (4) full days at the Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, CA for didactic/resource sessions and interactive workshops on Health Literacy & Ethnogeriatrics (~40 hours).
- Online Training. Self-guided/self-paced, flexible learning, which incorporates web-based modules, multimedia resources, and live and on-demand webinars (~10 hours/month over 11 months).
- Required Group Meetings/Assignments & Individual Mentoring/Consulting Sessions with the SGEC interprofessional/multidisciplinary health care faculty team using distance technologies (~3 hours/month over 11 months).
- Capstone Project. A trainee project related to ethnogeriatric care at the trainee’s home institution, with SGEC faculty support (~3 hours per month).
Upon completion of the 160 hours, the trainee will receive an SGEC Certificate of Completion in Ethnogeriatrics. Curriculum topics include, but are not limited to:
- Ethnogeriatrics in primary care
- Cultural humility/competence
- Low literacy in geriatric care
- Health disparities
- Health communications
- Working with interpreters/translators
- Caregiving in ethnic families
- Ethnicity & dementia
- Spirituality & end of life
- Census data mining
- Cohort analysis
- Disaster preparedness & ethnic elders
- Teaching strategies
Enrollment is limited. There is an administrative fee to participate in this unique program. Participants are also responsible for travel, housing, meals, and personal expenses while at Stanford. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2014. Acceptance notices will be sent electronically on April 15, 2014.
For information and application for the 160-Hour SGEC FDPE and other faculty development opportunities, contact Nancy Hikoyeda at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (408)251-3736.
Additional SGEC Faculty Development Opportunities
The SGEC is seeking partners for a series of customized multidisciplinary and discipline-specific faculty development programs on a variety of ethnogeriatric topics. Please check this site periodically for announcements and further information.
Our current efforts will focus on a competency-based continuing education program around ethnogeriatric issues for nursing faculty in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. We will start with nursing faculty in our service area and expand to other regions in the future. Nurse educators who are interested in participating or need further information may contact email@example.com.
Evidence Based Practice Training
As part of the SGEC consortium, nurses at the Community Health Partnership clinics at the Gardner Family Health Network (GFHN) are being trained in an Evidenced-Based Practice (EBP) protocol for diabetic care of patients 55+. This protocol will be implemented at five GFHN clinics to increase the number of older adults with diabetes receiving EBP chronic care management:
- Alviso Health Center, Alviso, CA
- CompreCare Health Center, San Jose, CA
- Gardner Health Center, San Jose, CA
- Gardner South County, Gilroy, CA
- St. James Health Center, San Jose, CA
SGEC provides training for staff of Santa Clara County Department of Mental Health in the following Evidence Based Practices for depression among older adults:
- Training of service providers in the administration and interpretation of a commonly used questionnaire to assess depression (PHQ-9). Following the initial and follow-up training sessions (in person and supported by technology), it is anticipated that the PHQ-9 will become part of the County’s Electronic Medical Record system, which will greatly facilitate its use over time for patient assessment, treatment planning, and monitoring of progress.
- Training of staff in basics of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), a short-term evidence-based treatment for depression. SGEC trainers have developed a modified program to use for late-life depression that is also empirically supported. Staff from the various contracted county clinics apply for admission to the CBT training program, which is 5-month commitment. Providers are selected from a variety of disciplines including social work, psychiatry, marriage and family therapy and psychology. The program is modeled after the Veterans Administration national CBT training program. Didactic and experiential components include small group consultation to develop basic competency in CBT for late life depression.
Stanford University School of Medicine
Medical students (80-90 per year) from Stanford University School of Medicine participate in clinical training and field work in their 4-week Required Core Clerkship in Family Medicine. They are trained in the Chronic Disease Management Model by Grace Yu, MD and apply this in ambulatory care settings which serve ethnically diverse elders. The curriculum includes teaching on potential barriers for older diabetic patients in following through on their diabetic self-care and strategies for overcoming these barriers. Each medical student is required to develop an action plan with a self–management goal for patients living with a chronic disease. The students are observed and evaluated often during their rotation.
San Jose State University (SJSU) Health Professions-Related Programs
SGEC facilitates ethnogeriatric training of students in a variety of health professions, through both didactic and experiential methods, to work more effectively with older adults and their families in different ethnic communities. Students in six SJSU health professions-related departments/programs including nursing, social work, occupational therapy, nutrition, gerontology/health science, and communicative disorders participate in clinical training/fieldwork in nursing homes, chronic and acute disease hospitals, ambulatory care centers, senior centers, community-based nurse managed centers, and other sites where the provision of health care to ethnically diverse elders is a component.
These academic programs are committed to improving the delivery of health and social services to ethnic elders and to addressing health care disparities found in ethnic communities. Their goal is to: (1) increase the ethnogeriatric knowledge and skills of current and future geriatric health care providers; (2) provide focused ethnogeriatric training in preparation for the clinical/fieldwork requirement; (3) enable supervised clinical/fieldwork experiences for SJSU students placed in geriatric and other aging and health care-related sites throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
For additional information about the SGEC clinical/fieldwork programs, please contact Nancy Hikoyeda at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Since 2009, SGEC has been sponsoring an annual webinar series in collaboration with other partners. Many of the recordings have been archived and are available for access at no charge here.
Since SGEC was founded in 1987, it has sponsored and cosponsored several hundred conferences, most for multidisciplinary health professionals, and most including information on ethnogeriatrics. We continue to partner with other organizations to meet the need for educational conferences on geriatric and ethnogeriatric topics in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. For future conferences, see the SGEC Calendar of Events. For information on past conferences contact SGEC at email@example.com .
A conference that has been cosponsored by SGEC annually for 14 years is "Updates on Dementia" developed and offered each spring under the primary leadership of the Northern California & Northern Nevada chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association geared to direct service providers. (See description under SGEC Ethnogeriatric Resources: Dementia and Caregiving)