Interprofessional Geriatrics Training Institute

Program Overview

Overall Course Goal

This training institute is designed to present topics in geriatrics and eldercare important in long term or community setting for patients,  with a special focus on inter-professional practice. It reinforces working amongst other professions and strategizing ways to improve and coordinate care. Elders present multi-professional challenges to the health care system; they have a spectrum of medical, functional and psychosocial problems that involve complex medical and community care. Geriatricians and health care workers in the long term care setting have always advocated addressing the whole patient and not just the illness. Addressing the whole patient demands a need for many disciplines. One of the challenges is better coordinating care between the professionals. We believe that better coordinated care will further lead to decreased hospitalizations and re-hospitalizations as well as maintenance of functioning elders in the community.

Training Institute Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to discuss health promotion, disease prevention and recognition, and enhanced quality of life for older adults.
  2. Participants will be to recognize the scope of work of other disciplines and their roles in the care of older adults.
  3. Health care providers will be able to describe how to develop interactive health care teams, and develop recommendations  to promote holistic  patient centered care.
  4. Converging the recommendations and coordinating care of the health care fields and implementing those recommendations for patient centered care.
  5. Participants will be able to identify current issues related to potential changes in the U.S. health care system, minimizing polypharmacy, oral health, vision and foot care, health maintenance, choosing to implement or withhold treatment in advanced dementia,  and promoting a health brain in the later years of life.

Target Audience

The program is targeted for physicians of all disciplines, dentists, optometrists, audiologists, speech therapists, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, health care administrators, educators, social workers, mental health practitioners, public health specialists, health professional students and others practicing in the geriatric field.

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

Please call if ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accommodations are needed. For more information, call (954) 262-1639 or email susagonz@nova.edu.

Grievance Policy

Complaints should be submitted in writing to The Office of Continuing Medical Education at Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Division, Terry Bldg., 3200 S. University Drive – Rm 1379, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33328.