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Associated Health Training Program

Established to meet the statutory obligation of training the workforce of the VA healthcare system, the Associated Health 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 and social work. Geriatric Medicine Fellows from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus participate with Associated Health Trainees through core didactic opportunities, clinical huddles and shadowing opportunities. In FY20, physical therapy residents will formally participate in our Associated Health Training program, and we continue to find synergies with the nurse residency program at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center.

We have also extended our training capacity by building a pipeline for workforce development within our own healthcare system and facility. In 2017, we received approval for a post-graduate year (PGY) 2 residency training slot in pharmacy; 2019- 2020 will be the second year that we have one of our PGY1 pharmacy residents matriculate into the PGY2 residency slot. We hope to replicate this success with psychology, pending accreditation.

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.

2023-24 EC GRECC Associated Health Training Directors

Steve Huart, AuD - Audiology

Sarah Beck, MD - Geriatric Medicine

Kathryn (Kady) Nearing, PhD, MA - Health & Behavioral Sciences, Quality Process Improvement, Survey research, Qualitative research

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 Associated Health 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