Geriatric education programs available for physicians

The Health Foundation of Western & Central NY is offering four programs under their Geriatric Education for Rural Health Professionals. These programs are tuition-free and offer CME or other course credits.

An increasing number of older adults in the rural areas of Western New York are facing challenges that impact their ability to access the health care they need and age in place in their communities. These challenges not only include a lack of financial resources and transportation, but also a shortage in the number of health care workers in rural Western New York.

With a limited number of specialist physicians, and few, if any geriatricians practicing in the region, primary care providers often do it all. But to help them provide better support to their geriatric patients, they need additional training.

The Health Foundation’s Geriatric Education for Rural Health Professionals program features a menu of four nationally-acclaimed community-based geriatric care training programs that rural health care providers, including physicians, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners, can choose to attend, at no cost to them.

These programs provide participants with a range of training options to meet their different needs. All provide CME or other course credit. The four options include:

Intensive Board Review Course in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine

Geriatric Scholar Certificate Program

Course and Certificate in Guided Care Nursing

Geriatric Education for Rural Providers in Western New York

Enrollment for some programs begin this month, so primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and physician assistants practicing in rural Western New York are encouraged to apply early.

Eligible applicants are required to submit a brief scholarship application to enroll in any one of the programs listed above that best meets their individual training needs, interests, ability to travel and take time away from work.

Approved scholarships will cover course tuition. Reasonable travel expenses will also be reimbursed to scholarship awardees that complete course requirements. The completed application must be emailed to geriatricworkforce@hfwcny.org no later than 30 days prior to the start of the applicant’s desired course, however for programs beginning in September, this requirement is waived. Applicants will be notified of scholarship awards by phone and email within two weeks of application receipt.

To find out more about the Geriatric Education for Rural Health Professionals program and to apply go to hfwcny.org and click on the link under “Opportunities.”