CAMBRIDGE — Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center in Cambridge recently chose Deer's Head Hospital Center in Salisbury to host a two-day workshop to expose healthcare students to the field of geriatrics and interdisciplinary healthcare teams. Twelve students from various healthcare disciplines including pharmacy, nursing, social work, dietetics and physician assistant attended the Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team training. The GAIT program is supported by an annual grant from the University System of Maryland Redeployment Grant System and Johns Hopkins Geriatric Education Consortium and is open to students from any of the USM campuses and local community colleges.
Mary Beth Waide, Deer's Head Hospital Center's CEO, began the training by welcoming the students. During the two-day training students observed Deer's Head Hospital Center's weekly team meeting where staff from all departments meet to discuss the care and treatment of their patients. Students then worked together in small interdisciplinary teams to interview a geriatric patient and develop a plan of care which they presented to Deer's Head staff. Kelly Birch from Peninsula Regional Medical Center Diabetes Education Program, lectured on diabetes in the older adult, and Gretchen Riker, from University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy, spoke on diabetes medications in the older adult. Students also received training in interdisciplinary healthcare teams and Aging Simulation Sensitivity Training by ESAHEC's GAIT Coordinator, Lisa Widmaier. Aging simulation exercises allowed students to experience the effects of aging including hearing loss and eye ailments while performing activities of daily living.
For more information on GAIT programs or ASST, contact the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center at 410-221-2600.