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Continuing education for Geriatric Health Care: Montana Geriatric Education Center funded to provide CE for health care professionals.

The Montana Geriatric geriatric /ger·i·at·ric/ (jer?e-at´rik)
1. pertaining to elderly persons or to the aging process.

2. pertaining to geriatrics.

 Education Center (MTGEC) offers more than thirty online interdisciplinary courses or modules for continuing education continuing education: see adult education.
continuing education
 or adult education

Any form of learning provided for adults. In the U.S. the University of Wisconsin was the first academic institution to offer such programs (1904).
 in geriatric health care. These may be taken for personal benefit or for professional or academic credit.

Groups of modules focus on core issues of aging, health problems of the elderly, and on geriatric health screening. Examples, respectively, are Psychosocial psychosocial /psy·cho·so·cial/ (si?ko-so´shul) pertaining to or involving both psychic and social aspects.

Involving aspects of both social and psychological behavior.
 Aspects of Aging, Central Nervous System and Sensory Dysfunction in Older Persons, and Screening for Lipid Disorders.

Each module gives expert treatment to material that can enrich the practice of individual care providers or serve in group training programs. Authors update the content regarding new treatments and medications.

Montana health care faculty and experienced practitioners created the modules, tailoring them for use here. Special attention is paid to the concerns of minority populations, particularly Native Americans in Montana, and to the value of shared decision making between the practitioner and patient to improve health outcomes.

The Montana Geriatric Education Center is 100% funded by a U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is an agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services whose goal is to improve access to health care for those without insurance.  grant, D31HP088101, for $1,074,160.00. It is guided by a consortium composed of The University of Montana, Northwest Research & Education Institute and Montana Tech. The center aims to provide interdisciplinary geriatric education and training for Montana health professionals, higher education higher education

Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art.
 faculty, and health profession students, so that they can better meet the needs of older residents of the state. The current shortage of geriatricians is expected to worsen wors·en  
tr. & intr.v. wors·ened, wors·en·ing, wors·ens
To make or become worse.


to make or become worse

worsening adjn
 and MTGEC is one of the lead players in offering geriatric continuing education in Montana.


The MTGEC Website provides a list of modules with a brief description of each, the schedule of module availability and detailed information about credits and fees. The Center office at The University of Montana Missoula receives e-mail at Montana.GEC GEC Gaseous Electronics Conference
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GEC Google Earth Community (online community) and phone calls at (406) 243-2453 and (866) 506-8432 (toll free).

by Gayle Hudgins, PharmD, MTGEC Director
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Title Annotation:Geriatric Section
Author:Hudgins, Gayle
Publication:The Pulse
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2008
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