The Florida Coastal Geriatric Resources, Education, and Training Center (GREAT GEC) located within Nova Southeastern University is one of a national network of 46 Geriatric Education Centers in the U.S.A. The GREAT GEC is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); the interdisciplinary grant was awarded to NSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine. More information.

GEC offers health professions educators, students and community practitioners opportunities to learn more about providing health care to older adults and their families. GEC is dedicated to improving the health care of Florida elders through the education and training of health care providers. All GEC activities are designed to enhance the ability of health care professionals to deliver geriatric and culturally appropriate care.

The GREAT GEC represents a consortium among the ADRC - Aging & Disability Resource Center of Broward County, the West Palm Beach Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and SW Focal Point Senior Center, City of Pembroke Pines.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Florida Coastal Geriatric Resources, Education, and Training Center is to provide interdisciplinary programs to maintain and improve the health of ethnically and culturally diverse older adults from underserved areas of Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Henry, Lee, Martin, Palm Beach, Sarasota, and St. Lucie counties, educating and training health professionals in health promotion and prevention emphasizing undergraduate and graduate professional education and serving the needs of underserved with innovative teaching and clinical experiences.

Facilitated by a consortium, the project will train health professions students, faculty, and practitioners using an interdisciplinary team community-based model with sensitivity to the special requirements of ethno culturally diverse elders within rural and urban service settings.

One of the cornerstones of the GECs throughout the U.S. is to encourage, enhance and continually promote the profession of geriatrics to students at all levels of education. The GREAT GEC is committed to this important goal. The center, faculty and staff realize that students must be involved in working with elders to understand and realize the reward of a career in geriatrics.


  • Provide health professions students with interdisciplinary ethno-geriatric education and clinical training in health promotion, disease prevention, and enhanced quality of life for older adults, through innovative curriculum adaptation and development, involvement in rural and urban clinical placements, geriatric residencies, traineeships, and fellowships.
  • Develop interdisciplinary student health care teams providing holistic, culturally sensitive, coordinated services for elders to maintain independence and/or improve quality of life.
  • Develop and disseminate innovative interdisciplinary geriatric curriculum and other geriatric education materials for health professions students, faculty, and practicing professionals using web-based technology and interdisciplinary problem-based (PBL) methods.
  • Establish for future master geriatrics educators within the existing M.S. in Education for Health Professions, a specialization in Interdisciplinary geriatrics Education enabling up to 10 health professions and health professions-related faculty to obtain up to 18 credit hours yearly and additional faculty development for other faculty.
  • Acquire multidisciplinary awareness relevant to the care of older adults in all-hazard preparedness so they are able to participate in prevention, response, and recovery from such events and assist seniors to be prepared for such events as well.
  • Provide training, service, technical assistance and research outreach to a South Florida region not being served by a GEC, including the east and west coasts and inland areas.
  • Acquire basic knowledge of historical trends, public policy and the legislative process as they impact the health care delivery system for older adults from a local, state and national perspective and integrate this into the core-required course.
  • Identify the psychological issues that affect older adults and integrate this within the healthcare they provide

About Nova Southeastern University (NSU)

Located on a beautiful 314-acre campus in Fort Lauderdale, NSU has more than 29,000 students and is the largest independent institution of higher education in Florida. Nova Southeastern University is the largest independent institution of higher education in the Southeast, and it is the seventh largest independent institution nationally. NSU awards associate's, bachelor's, master's, educational specialist, doctoral, and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields. The university is comprised of undergraduate, graduate and professional schools of osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, optometry, health care sciences, nursing, medical sciences, dental medicine, law, marine biology and oceanography, business and entrepreneurship, computer and information sciences, humanities, conflict resolution, family therapy, interdisciplinary studies, education, psychology and counseling, and family programs.

The institution also enjoys an excellent reputation for its programs for families offered through the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development and University School, including innovative parenting, preschool, primary, and secondary education programs. Learn more about NSU.

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About NSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine

Established in 1979, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) accepted its first class in 1981. NSU-COM is currently ranked as the 11th largest medical school and the 4th largest osteopathic medical school in the nation. NSU is the largest independent not-for-profit institution of higher education in the Southeast and the 6th largest nationally. Please visit the College of Osteopathic Medicine website for more information.