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Montana Geriatric Education Center

The Montana Geriatric Education Center (MTGEC) is an interdisciplinary center which provides geriatric education and training for Montana helath professionals, higher education faculty, and students, so they might better meet the health needs of the older residents of the state.

MTGEC PURPOSE

The MTGEC is an interdisciplinary center which provides geriatric education and training for Montana health professionals, higher education faculty, and health professions students so that they might better meet the health needs of the older residents of the state. Programming continues to be developed and refined for a variety of health professionals including nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, physician assistants, mental health providers and social workers.

Funding

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under UB4HP19056, Geriatric Education Centers, $2,136,009.00, July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2015. This information or content and conclusions are those of the center and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsement be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

LEARN ONLINE

Enhance your knowledge and skills related to providing health care for the elderly by selecting from over thirty modules to meet your learning objectives. Continuing education and/or academic credit are available. In addition, there is a 40-hour certificate program. The modules are divided into thematic sections:

  1. Core curriculum modules provide an overview and background information, and are suitable for all health professionals.
  2. Health Issues curriculum modules provide in depth information on the treatment of common health problems of the elderly.
  3. Geriatric Health Screening modules discuss the rationale and methods for screening geriatric clients for specific diseases.

GERIATRIC HEALTH SCREENING

MTGEC partnered with the Skaggs School of Pharmacy IPHARM(Improving Health Among Rural Montanans) program in order to provide interdisciplinary clinical training in geriatrics for health professions students. Wellness testing is conducted across the state in a variety of settings including assisted living centers, nursing homes, pharmacies and senior centers. There is follow-up with geriatric clients who have abnormal results.