Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
GRECC Educational Events and Products
The VA Geriatric Scholars Program
The Geriatric Scholars Program is a workforce development program to infuse geriatrics into VA primary care settings. This program is designed to improve access and quality of care for older Veterans who are seen in primary care settings and each participant is envisioned as an ambassador of change.
The core program is an intensive course in geriatrics, an intensive workshop in quality improvement and each Scholar initiates a local quality improvement project to demonstrate learning and improve care or clinic efficiency.
As a longitudinal program, learning is tailored to each individual.
Other educational components are also available to alumni of the core program, such as clinical practicum experiences, webinars, self-directed web-based learning, enduring educational materials and on-site team training for the entire PACT(s) in rural clinics. Visit the Mentored Implementation description on the Office of Rural Health website for more information.
Outreach to Urban Primary Care Teams is a virtual team-based program focusing on recognition and care for common health conditions of older persons, including quality improvement training to facilitate local enhancements to clinic efficiency and care of older Veterans.
The Geriatric Scholars Virtual Learning Community (VLC)
The Geriatric Scholars Virtual Learning Community (VLC) is an interactive e-learning platform for both VA and non-VA healthcare professionals that provides flexible learning opportunities focused on integrating geriatrics into primary care. The VLC is host to extensive resources for learners, including:
- Self-paced course modules
- Archived webinars
- Information and links to enduring activities
- A catalog of videos
- Tools developed by GRECCs and VAMC affiliates
It is an open platform, available 24/7 from computers with Internet access. All materials on the VLC are 508 compliant for seamless dissemination. For more information contact Eugenia Dorisca at the Bronx GRECC.
The Geriatric Scholars Program Rural Interdisciplinary Team Training
The Rural Interdisciplinary Team Training (RITT) component of the Geriatric Scholars Program provides on-site and virtual training for rural healthcare providers and staff to enhance interdisciplinary care, with a special focus on care of older Veterans. RITT offers both full- and half-day trainings, accredited for 6.5 and 3.75 hours of CME/CEUs, respectively. RITT also provides a specialized curriculum for rural HBPC teams. For more information contact Eve Gottesman at the Bronx GRECC.
This new component of the Geriatric Scholars Program provides twice monthly EES accredited case-based webinars to rural CBOC clinicians and staff to enhance their care of older Veterans. For more information contact Shatice Jones at the Bronx GRECC.
Geriatric Assessment Pocket Guide
The Greater Los Angeles GRECC developed this pocket guide to assist providers with conducting a geriatric assessment. For more information contact Janice Gillins at the Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System GRECC or call 818-891-7711 ext. 39311.
Delirium Pocket Card
The Cleveland GRECC developed this pocket card to assist healthcare providers with the identification and assessment of delirium. For more information contact Barbara Heath at the Cleveland GRECC or call 216-791-3800 ext. 5613.
3Ds: Dementia, Delirium, and Depression Pocket Card
The 3Ds: Dementia, Delirium, and Depression pocket card is meant to be used as a frontline tool to assist interprofessional healthcare providers with the identification and initial assessment of these common geriatric syndromes. The national Dementia Education Workgroup (DEW) first developed this pocket card over 10 years ago.
It has been popular and was last updated in 2014. We have updated this resource again and the 2021 version is slated for release soon. For more information contact Emily Trittschuh, PhD with the Puget Sound GRECC and to order copies, contact Julie Moorer, GRECC RN.
Brain Health and Quality of Life in Aging: Tips on Staying Sharp and Active
The Brain Health and Quality of Life in Aging materials were developed by the national Aging and Cognition Education (ACE) workgroup. They contain information meant to facilitate discussions between healthcare providers and Veterans. The materials are available in three formats: a booklet, a large pocket card as well as in single sheet, topic-specific, “click-and-print” documents for more in-depth information. For more information contact Emily Trittschuh, PhD with the Puget Sound GRECC. To order copies (please specify preferred format), contact Julie Moorer, GRECC RN.
Memory Skills for Older Adults with PTSD
Memory Skills for Older Adults with PTSD (MSOAP) is an 8-session psychoeducational group developed by the Puget Sound GRECC. Materials include Veteran and Group Leader manuals, as well as other supportive/supplementary documents. Interprofessional group leadership is encouraged; training and support are available. For more information contact Emily Trittschuh, PhD.
Healthy Aging Project – Brain
Healthy Aging Project – Brain (HAP-B) is a 6-session psychoeducational group developed by the Puget Sound GRECC. Materials include Veteran and Group Leader manuals, as well as other supportive/supplementary documents. Interprofessional group leadership is encouraged; training and support are available. For more information contact Emily Trittschuh, PhD.