HFWCNY offers physician education programs

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 of Western and Central New York’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.

Currently enrollment is under way for two of the programs: the course and certificate in guided care nursing, and the geriatric education for rural providers in Western New York programs. Both programs offer provide CME or other course credit.

The course and certificate in guided care nursing is an online program sponsored by the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine). The next program will be held from Nov. 11 through Dec. 20 with webinars every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Forty nursing credits from the American Nurses Credentialing Center will be awarded. The geriatric education for rural providers in Western New York includes two in-person educational conferences in a rural WNY conference setting and online learning modules over a six month period. The course is offered by University of Rochester Medical Center and the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center. Through use of training modules and a flexible curriculum, this program is tailored to meet the needs and training requirements of individual participants. Participants will also select an area of geriatric practice that they would like to improve and receive guidance in demonstrating and measuring improvement. The two-day kickoff conference will be held in November, followed by structured online learning and faculty support over a six-month period.

Eligible applicants are required to submit a brief scholarship application to enroll in any 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 for any of the above programs. 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. 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, visit www.hfwcny.org. Enrollment is under way so don’t wait, apply soon.