The Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center
We work with first-tier health care and educational institutions throughout our state.
(See a list of our consortium partners.)
Together, we provide primary care providers, pharmacists, nurses, dentists, physical therapists, social workers, and others with the knowledge they need to meet the unique needs of elders.
In recent years, many outstanding lecturers have shared their expertise with the OkGEC’s professional audience through webcasted Grand Rounds and other presentations. Videos of these highly-informative, scholarly lectures may be viewed online through our website: ouhsc.edu/okgec. (Click the “On-Demand Webinars” link.)
Summer Geriatric Institute
Every July, 100-150 Oklahoma health professionals gather for two days of intensive geriatric care training, inspiring keynote speeches, networking, and more at our Summer Geriatric Institute* (“SGI”). This year’s SGI will be held July 21-22, 2010. *Sponsored by the OkGEC and the Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.
This respected, 70 hour program of evidence-based educational projects and self-directed study is designed to equip health care professionals with information and skills that will help them provide our elders with increasingly better care. Those who complete the program are recognized as Scholars and receive meaningful, impressive credentials for their resumes and certificates suitable for framing.
Over a 10-week summer block, participating OUHSC students (primarily medical students) receive hundreds of hours of geriatric education through class lectures and discussion, case-based learning, self-directed study, interdisciplinary exploration, clinical shadowing, research, and more - guided by OU faculty from a variety of health care disciplines.
During this one-day, annual conference, primary care providers who serve elder patients learn best practices and strategies for chronic-disease management from nationally-recognized geriatrics experts. The case-study approach, lectures and lively dialogue characterize this accelerated educational experience– as does peer sharing of “in the trenches” expertise providers have gained through their practice experiences.
“On the Road!” Regional Elder Health Conferences
We’re very proud of this new outreach to health care professionals outside of Oklahoma’s metro areas. Our first (“On the Road to Southwest Oklahoma!”) was held at the CETES Center in Lawton during the fall of 2009. During the conference, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, therapists, and others received 7 hours of intensive training from regionally- and nationally- recognized elder health experts. We hope to host a similar conference in another area of the state next year! (Read more here.)
ASiST: Aging Simulation Sensitivity Training
What is it like to live every day as an older adult facing one or more common age-related health challenges? During ASiST, an engaging, active learning experience involving a mini-lecture, several aging simulation exercises, and a follow-up discussion, participants receive important insight into the answer to this question. (Read more here!)
Special Events & Outreaches
In addition to the programs listed above, the OkGEC creates, promotes, and/or participates in, a variety of special, targeted educational endeavors important to Oklahoma’s Aging Network – as well as to health providers and educators throughout the nation. You can see regularly updated information on some of these events by clicking the “Special Events” link on our website: www.ouhsc.edu/okgec.