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Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center - Education

Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers (national network) collectively provide more geriatric-specific training than any other entity. Our Eastern Colorado GRECC has several education programs with national, regional and local reach.

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 support 8 training slots and 12 trainees representing: audiology, pharmacy, psychology, physical therapy, 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. We continue to find synergies with the nurse residency program at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center.

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.

2021-22 GRECC Associated Health trainees

Caroline Bourgeois - audiology

Ceceli Bonitto - audiology

Meara Melton - geriatric medicine

Thomas Johnson - geriatric medicine

Erin “Tate” Drees - pharmacy (PGY1)

Kellen Greenwell - pharmacy (PGY1)

Dominic Cheung - pharmacy (PGY1)

Brandi Brucato - pharmacy (PGY1)

Zaynib Hassan - pharmacy (PGY1)

Susie Kim - pharmacy (PGY2)

Lauren Cohen - psychology

Olivia Urich - social work

Anna Hautzinger - social work

Brandon Rowley - social work

Michelle Davis - physical therapy

Tiffany Hirsch - speech therapy