Professional Development in Geriatrics

Virginia Geriatric Education Center (VGEC)

The Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Program faculty play a significant role in the activities of the VGEC. The VGEC is a partnership between VCU, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and the University of Virginia representing multiple healthcare disciplines (gerontology, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, social work) and evaluation experts who develop programs focused on themes of interprofessional teamwork, medication management, and transitions of care in geriatrics. The VGEC provides three annual interprofessional education initiatives: 1) a 200-hour faculty development program, 2) a 40-hour train-the-trainer program for health professionals, and 3) a 24-hour evidence-based practice training on reducing falls for interprofessional provider teams.

Geriatric Principles for Appropriate Care: A Continuing Education Program for Hospital Pharmacists

This program is a 15-hour competency-based ACPE-approved continuing education program primarily focused on health system-based pharmacists.The overall objectives of this program are to enhance skills and knowledge to provide clinical services to geriatric patients, to provide guidance to hospital pharmacists on how to improve medication-related communication during transitions of care, and to provide geriatric pharmacotherapy resources to hospital pharmacists. Participants are required to read selected articles and participate in online interactive instruction prior to a live program. The 8-hour live program incorporates active learning techniques, case-based studies, lecture, and discussion to apply program content and identify opportunities to use these concepts in practice. For additional information please contact Sean Bates.