Appalachian Geriatric Clinical Clerkship

  • Gairola, Gerry (PI)

Grants and Contracts Details


The proposed project will focus on implementing an exemplary interdisciplinary geriatric clinical clerkship for training pharmacy, social work, and physician assistant students in rural Appalachia. The project proposes to train a total of 66 students in interdisciplinary geriatric care by placing students with an interdisciplinary geriatric team of clinical preceptors at White House Clinic in McKee, Kentucky for four to twelve weeks. Students will work with the team to observe and participate in integrated geriatric assessment and treatment of rural elderly patients. Students will be exposed to care of the elderly in a variety of settings, including primary care, home care, sub-acute care, and long-term care. In addition, students will see elderly patients in a range of health states, trom preventive interventions to complex chronic care. Students will also have the opportunity to: a) participate in telemedicine and computer-based educational experiences in order to learn the opportunities these technologies can provide in a rural environment and b) support the "Kids Into Health Careers" initiative by providing information to rural disadvantaged school children about career opportunities in the allied health professions. The proposed project will encourage successful completion of the intensive geriatric clerkship by carefully selecting students for participation, providing a comprehensive orientation to the clerkship experience, and incorporating procedures for continuous faculty interaction with students.
Effective start/end date7/1/006/30/04


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