GAIT

Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team

The Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team, or GAIT, is an interprofessional geriatrics training program for University System of Maryland students and is funded by a University System of Maryland Redeployment Grant to the Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research (GGEAR) program at University of Maryland Baltimore.  www.umaryland.edu/gerontology To learn more about the GAIT program, please see the powerpoint.

Interdisciplinary student teams work with older adults at rural geriatric care sites, prepare a team assessment regarding those adults, and discuss the assessment with the host site staff.

Students learn the value of interprofessional approaches to geriatric care, gain skills in working as a team, grow their awareness of issues of aging, and come to understand the challenges and rewards of geriatrics and rural practice.

There is no cost to the students to participate.

 


In FY15, six GAIT projects in Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties focused on:

  • SUPPORTING STAY-AT-HOME: Adult Medical Day Services
  • MAINTAINING INDEPENDENCE: Healthy Older Adults Meeting Challenges of Aging
  • MEDICATIONS: Identification & Management of Patients At-Risk for Hospital Re-Admission
  • ASSISTED LIVING:  Optimizing Independence and Support
  • PAIN MANAGEMENT: In Geriatric Rehabilitation
  • COMMUNITY BASED HOSPICE CARE:  In a Rural Community

Each FY15 GAIT project had participants representing 4 or more disciplines, from:

  • Frostburg State University, Salisbury University, Towson University
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • University of Maryland Baltimore     
    • Dental School
    • School of Medicine    
    • School of Nursing
    • School of Pharmacy    
    • School of Social Work    

At the conclusion of FY2015 GAIT projects:

  • 81% of participants were interested in or open to career opportunities in geriatrics.

  • 78% of participants were interested in or open to rural practice.

Recruitment

GAIT projects provide USM health professions students, without access to rural clinical rotations, an opportunity to see rural/underserved practice sites in Maryland.
A UMB School of Nursing student who recently participated in a GAIT project in Hagerstown is now employed by Meritus Health.
 

For more information, contact Terri Socha at 301-777-9150 x-107 or tsocha@ahecwest.org