GERIATRIC ASSESSMENT INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM (GAIT)
Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team (GAIT) training workshops emphasize the value of an interdisciplinary team approach to the assessment and treatment of older adults. Students participate in one or two-day workshops at selected facilities on the Eastern Shore.
GAIT is funded by grants through the Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research(GGEAR) program at the University of Maryland Baltimore. Training materials, hotel accommodations and meals are provided at no cost to healthcare students from the University of Maryland System and Eastern Shore community colleges. Travel stipends are also provided.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Team Building with other healthcare students
Aging Simulation Exercises
Medications and the Elderly presented by a guest pharmacist
Focus topic lecture presented by a guest speaker (past topics include dementia, fall risks, hospice care, diabetes)
Observe Host Site Interdisciplinary Team Meeting
Patient Assessments and Interviews in small Interdisciplinary Teams
Team Treatment Planning to develop an Interdisciplinary Care Plan
Patient Presentations by each Interdisciplinary Team
WHAT PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING
“Great experience that allows you to get a better understanding of age related changes, and some of the frustrations associated with these changes. I will try to keep this understanding as I practice medicine.”
“The aging simulation exercise gave me insight on what it feels like to age. I was able to do some activities with ease while some were more difficult. I developed a new respect with the elderly as they go through their daily activities while battling these disabilities.”