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GRECC Health Professions Training Program

The GRECC Health Professions Training Program is VA’s flagship training program. The Eastern Colorado GRECC program has grown every year, both in terms of absolute numbers of trainees and in terms of the number of disciplines involved.

We currently support eight training slots and 12 trainees representing the following allied health professions: audiology, pharmacy, psychology, physical therapy and social work. Geriatric Medicine Fellows from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus participate with GRECC Health Professions Training Program Trainees through core didactic opportunities, clinical huddles and shadowing opportunities. We continue to find synergies with the nurse residency program at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center.

NOTE: Social Work MSW Internship - We have 3 GRECC-supported training slots for social work interns as part of our GRECC health professions training program. Learn more about Social Work MSW Internship.

Trainees participate as a cohort in a core curriculum that is aligned with formal, published discipline-specific competencies, with the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) competencies serving as a common anchor.

Select TMS Courses

Note that many of the Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Aging Veterans webinars are available for enduring CE on TMS. See information here: Webinar archive - must be on the VA network. A selection of other relevant TMS courses is provided below.

Follow this link if you need help on how to search for a course in TMS - must be on the VA network.

Please see the National Aging Education calendar, it is updated monthly.

List of Geriatric Mental Health TMS trainings that have been vetted and deemed to be of high quality:

Select Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Aging Veterans
TMS Course Course Number Description
PTSD and Dementia VA 30993 This is one of a series of 10 courses that are designed to address key areas of PTSD that have the most profound impact on Veterans and active-duty service members.
Late Life PTSD VA 45653 This presentation will provide an empirically-informed overview of the clinical presentations of late life anxiety and how clinicians can recognize and diagnose anxiety among older patients.
STAR-VA: Interdisciplinary Behavioral Care for CLC Residents with Dementia VA 36982 This training is to provide Community Living Center (CLC) staff members essential information needed to implement and maintain a successful collaborative interdisciplinary STAR-VA program that promotes the delivery of psychosocial approaches to managing challenging resident behaviors and advancing culture transformation efforts within CLCs.
Geriatric Late Life Depression VA 39013 This training provides an immersive experience and is designed to help prescribers and non-prescribers develop communication skills required to conduct a comprehensive history and assessment with geriatric patients who have depression. [Works best when logging into TMS using Google Chrome].
Women's Mental Health Across the Lifespan VA 43333 This is a recording of a live, knowledge-based virtual training that will provide an overview of women-specific influences on mental health throughout the lifespan, from in utero influences through adolescence, pregnancy, the postpartum period, the transition to menopause and aging.
Neuropsychological Evaluation in Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) VA 38829 The purpose of this training is to educate HBPC staff about the relationship between neuropsychological assessment results and patients' behavior.
Utilizing Evidence Based Psychotherapies with Older Veterans VA 131003927 This recorded, knowledge-based webinar aims to provide interprofessional healthcare teams with frequently asked questions and dispel common myths about the use of EBPs with older adults. Techniques and suggestions for adapting interventions will be introduced utilizing case examples.

2023-24 EC GRECC Health Professions Training Program Directors

Kelly Hanscom, AuD - Audiology

Hannah Schara, MD - Geriatric Medicine

Kathryn (Kady) Nearing, PhD, MA – Associate Director, Education and Evaluation, VA Eastern Colorado GRECC

Troy A. Moore, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPP - Pharmacy (PGY1)

Elizabeth Ellis, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, BCGP - Pharmacy (PGY2)

Spring Wright, PT, DPT - Physical Therapy

Kristy Shoji, PhD - Geropsychology

Stephanie Hartz, LCSW, BCD - Social Work

Sydney Schroeder, MA, CCC-SLP - Speech Language Pathology

2023-24 EC GRECC Health Professions Training Program Trainees

Claire Ducatte - Audiology

Jatinder (Jenny) Shokar - Audiology

Thao Anh Mai - Pharmacy (PGY1)

Caitlin Hart - Pharmacy (PGY1)

Kaci Johnson - Pharmacy (PGY1)

Kami Johnston - Pharmacy (PGY1)

Michelle Gantt - Pharmacy (PGY1)

Emily Stauffer - Pharmacy (PGY2)

Brittany Hylander - Psychology

Kamryn Korth - Social Work

Aline Swiec - Physical Therapy

Jocelyn Wilcoxon - Speech Therapy