Geriatric Tools and Resources
The Portal of Geriatric Online Education: An online clearinghouse that disseminates high-quality geriatrics educational products. POGOe gives medical educators access to a wide range of teaching and assessment products to integrate content into teaching. It was envisioned and created in the Department of Geriatrics, and now collaborates with the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Biomedical Informatics on behalf of ADGAP. (Other sponsors include the American Geriatrics Society, the John A. Hartford Foundation, and the Veterans Administration Medical Centers Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers.) POGOe is the one-stop shopping center for geriatrics medical educators. In 2010, in cooperation with the Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative, the site began including products to teach geriatrics to nurses-in-training.
Evidence-Based Medicine in Geriatrics (EBM): The Department’s Geriatrics Journal Club meets weekly to assess the validity and applicability of current published research findings to geriatric patients. The goal is to enhance competency in critical appraisal techniques and application of literature to the care of older adults. Each week, a fellow is responsible for developing goals and objectives for the small group session, facilitating it, and composing a one to two-page Critically Appraised Paper (CAP), centering on a high-quality study whose results can be applied to the care of older adults. CAPs are posted on The Portal of Geriatric Online Education.
Leadership of ADGAP Geriatrics Education Coordinating Center (GECC): Dr. Rosanne M. Leipzig's leadership of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs (ADGAP) Geriatrics Education Coordinating Center brings the department into direct collaboration with the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the 40 other academic programs funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to strengthen physicians’ training in geriatrics. This role allows our department to work with geriatrics leaders across the county and to consider geriatric academic medicine from a broad perspective. Each year the GECC is responsible for a 2 1/2-day annual meeting of all Reynolds' grantees: this meeting has become a "can't miss" event for educators in geriatric medicine. As leader of the GECC, the Department also manages The Portal of Geriatric Online Education, the online clearinghouse for geriatric teaching tools.
Technical Assistance Project for Geriatrics (TAP-G): Starting in 2008 the Department has a new 4-year grant to expand POGOe's collection and its reach out to other disciplines in medicine and surgery, and match products and assessment tools to geriatric competencies. It will also allow us to develop a "Geriatrics Curriculum Wizard," (or "G-Wiz") for users to customize and therefore simplify their searches for curricular materials.
Leadership on National Consensus Project on Geriatric Competencies: A 2007 American Association of Medical Colleges conference supported by the John A Hartford Foundation used the electronic collaboration capacity of POGOe and reached a national consensus on 26 minimum competencies that all medical students should demonstrate before caring for elderly patients. (The competencies include being able to prescribe medicines, assess patients’ self-care capacity, recognize atypical presentations of common diseases, prevent falls, and decide on treatments based on elderly patients' prognosis and their personal preferences.) With the leadership of Dr. Rosanne M. Leipzig, the competency movement in geriatrics is growing rapidly: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Surgery have developed competencies built on those now seen as the “floor” for medical students.
International Certificate Program in Geriatric Medicine: Administered through the Graduate Medical Education Office the program trains visiting international physicians to in geriatric medicine by allowing them to participate on the level of a fellow in geriatric medicine in the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development. Visiting physicians rotate through all the clinical experiences of the fellowship program. The program is 3, 4, or 6 months in length.
The New York Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC): Located at the James J. Peters Veterans Administration Medical Center in the Bronx, the GRECC is affiliated with our Department and is another "Center of Excellence." Its goal is the advancement and integration of research, education, and clinical achievements in geriatrics and gerontology into the total VA healthcare system. GRECC researchers are involved in a significant number of agency-funded projects, many looking at the impact of palliative care interventions for those at the end of life. The GRECC also hosts one of six VA-sponsored Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship Programs combining fellows from disciplines including medicine, social work, nursing, psychology, and pharmacy, in an intensive one-year training program consisting of clinical work, seminars, and rotations.
Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers (CNYGEC): The CNYGEC is a partnership between Icahn School of Medicine, NYU College of Nursing, Columbia University Stroud Center for Health & Aging and Center for Geriatrics & Gerontology, and the Hunter College Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging & Longevity. The Consortium provides interdisciplinary training for New York State health providers, students, and faculty in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases and other health problems of the diverse population of older adults. The 3-day CNYGEC core program is a comprehensive overview of gerontology, the electives provide opportunities for in-depth exploration. Participants include nurses, social workers, nurse educators, clergy, physical therapists, case managers, rehabilitation specialists, gerontologists, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, and administrators.
Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center: In 2010 the US Department of Health and Human Services funded our collaboration with other Mount Sinai departments and our partners at the Jewish Home and Hospital and the Hebrew Home for the Aged to recruit and train academic leaders and support pilot and exploratory research that will serve as a model for a new research within geriatrics. The focus of our Pepper Center research is "Promoting Independence Through Pain and Symptom Management."
Fellowship Academic Coordinator
Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029-6574