The GWEP has introduced "bOLD" changes to the curriculum related to geriatrics and gerontology. Did you know that by year 2030, all baby boomers will be 65 and older? That’s approximately 73 million people, roughly 22% of the U.S. population! USI has several opportunities to introduce students to older adults through clinicals/internships and coursework in the following areas:
New Certificate Program Launched
for Nursing Home Administrators
At its regular business meeting on Friday, May 7, the University of Southern Indiana Board of Trustees approved a new post-baccalaureate program offering residency training to nursing home administrators and qualifying them for national and Indiana nursing home administration licensure exams.
The Graduate Certificate – Administrator in Training (AIT) residency, offered through the Master of Health Administration program in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, is a 9-credit certificate comprised of two in-facility experiences overseen by a dedicated USI faculty member. The certificate will provide candidates with exposure to all nursing home operations, business, and regulatory practices and resident issues.
The AIT certificate is the only program of its kind in the state of Indiana and is supported by the USI Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, a project supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of an award totaling $3,691,706 with zero percent financed with nongovernmental sources.
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As a response to COVID-19, the USI GWEP team has developed two online course modules to help undergraduate and graduate students build general knowledge about Advance Care Planning (ACP) and Telehealth.
Multi-media tools for distance education
Lectures and videos by content experts
Suggested homework assignments
Interprofessional Geriatric Assessment Clinic (IGAC)
Within the USI GWEP, an Interprofessional Geriatric Assessment Clinic (IGAC) embedded in a family medicine residency program is underway with a goal to serve a minimum of 160 patients over five years. As the first, and only, IGAC in the region, this clinic offers two-hour visits for Medicaid and Medicare patients once a month at the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency - Wallace M. Adye Center on Read Street in Evansville.
The IGAC team consists of resident physicians, faculty physicians and students and faculty from nursing, social work and occupational therapy assistant academic programs.
Patients are identified through primary care physician referrals at Deaconess Family Medicine Residency. Resident PCPs screen their patient panel for patients over age 60 with risks for decompensation at home including recent hospitalization or progressive chronic conditions.