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Mainstreaming Geriatrics in Health Profession Education

As part of the GWEP, USI’s gerontology curriculum will be expanded and integrated into the following areas:

Student Internship Opportunities

intern flyerLooking for an opportunity to jump start your career? More than ever, employers and graduate schools expect today’s graduating college student to be prepared. Our team provides the opportunities to network with new people, apply what you have learned in the classroom, help people in our community, and earn a good reference.

The GWEP (Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program) student internship offers an exciting opportunity to gain professional experience working on a multi-million dollar initiative to strengthen the healthcare workforce and benefit the health of older adults in southwestern Indiana. Plus, because of the ongoing pandemic, internship duties at this time will be virtual and/or totally comply with social distancing.

Learn more by downloading these PDFs with information about internships in these areas:

Marketing/Social Media/Market Research - PDF

Podcast Initiative

Technology Assessment/Market Research

Coming Soon: Telehealth Simulation Scenarios

Looking for Online Course Content?

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.

Modules include:

Multi-media tools for distance education
Lectures and videos by content experts
Recommended reading
Suggested homework assignments

Learn more ... 

Long-Term Care Administration Preceptor Course
Effective collaboration is needed to train geriatric health care professionals, and a robust preceptor program to help prepare our future long-term care workforce is a crucial component.

The University of Southern Indiana is introducing a Post-Acute Care Concentration to the Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree – which includes an Administrator-in-Training (AIT) experience. Because of the need for more Health Facility Administration (HFA) preceptors in southern Indiana, especially with the AIT addition to the USI MHA program, the USI Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) is offering a FREE VIRTUAL preceptor course ONLINE for Indiana licensed administrators on Thursday, December 10, 2020.

Here are some details:

  • What: Live Virtual Long-Term care Administrator Preceptor Course
  • Who: For Indiana Licensed Administrators
  • When: Thursday, December 10, 7:30 am-4 pm Central Time / 8:30 am-5 pm Eastern Time (includes 30-minute lunch break)
  • Where: Online
  • Course Facilitator: Vivian Wright-Defrees, President/CEO of Success Development, inc., Indianapolis
  • CEUs: 8.0 hours available for attendance through the Indiana Health Care Association (IHCA)
  • Approved by: Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA)


We are able to offer this FREE course because of the support of the University of Southern Indiana's Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). We are proud to be partnering with Deaconess Clinic, Generations and SWIRCA & More for the GWEP.

Note: *To be a preceptor, you must be licensed and have actively used that license 2 of the 3 preceding years. A person licensed and having used that license for a full 2 years prior to applying to be a preceptor would meet that criteria.

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.

Contact Dr. Katie Ehlman


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