Educational Programs

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.

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 .