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To advance gerontology and geriatrics education in academic institutions.
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Assessing Interprofessional Behavior for Care of Older Patients

Last year at the annual AGHE meeting I had the pleasure of chairing a pre-conference institute on the evaluation of team training for the care of older patients, and I look forward to a similar-themed institute in 2015. The topic remains timely, as accreditation standards for graduate healthcare education are increasingly requiring interprofessional team training. Naturally in many ways, Geriatrics and Gerontology are leading the charge. In a position statement on team training for Geriatrics, a workgroup from the Partnership for Health in Aging (2014) cited evidence from systematic reviews about the effectiveness of interdisciplinary/ interprofessional teams for health outcomes, and spelled out a list of goals for training. Excellent education and training resources are already available, including the work of the Geriatrics Interdisciplinary Team Training Program (GITT) and the plethora of courses and tools online at POGOe.

All of this new training development underscores the need for practical outcome measures. Of particular interest is the development of tools for measuring observable behaviors, which could be used for formative and summative assessment of learning, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of training programs. I would like to take this opportunity to describe one such measurement effort conducted at my institution. This year, Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) is concluding a project known as the Ambulatory, Team Observed Structured Clinical Evaluation (ATOSCE). Read Entire Article

Dickter David

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