An Interprofessional Geriatric Clinical Skills Fair


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The need to expand geriatric and interprofessional education (IPE) for health professionals at all levels of training has been well described. Clinical skills fairs are a fun, interactive way for student learners to gain practical, evidence-based knowledge and skills pertaining to the care of older adults and provide an optimal setting for interprofessional collaboration among health professions’ students. These fairs can serve as an ideal format for introducing geriatric and IPE competencies and can also effectively realign education with collaborative practice. An Interprofessional Geriatric Clinical Skills Fair was piloted in April 2013 for twenty-one first year Jefferson students from medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy and physical therapy. An expanded pilot is planned for April 2014. This presentation will describe the skills fair, including its development and content, goals and objectives, evaluation strategies, and collected data.

Brooke Salzman, MD

Dr. Salzman, is Assistant Professor, Jefferson Medical College’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Medical Director of Jefferson Family Medicine Associates on Broad Street, and Associate Director of the Geriatric Fellowship Program. Dr. Salzman is specifically interested in the care of older adults with multimorbidity and improving the delivery of healthcare for this vulnerable population utilizing interprofessional healthcare teams. She is currently supported by a HRSA Geriatric Academic Career Award to develop training in geriatrics for interdisciplinary teams of learners.

Lauren Collins, MD

Dr. Collins is associate director of the Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Education Center (JCIPE), director of Jefferson's Health Mentors longitudinal curriculum on interprofessional education (IPE), and project director for the Jefferson Patient-Centered Medical Home Predoctoral Education Project. She is a HRSA grant recipient and the past winner of the Thomas Jefferson University IPE Award, three IPE Collaborative Development Awards from AAMC/Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and the American Academy of Family Physicians' Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education. She also publishes and reviews extensively for the academic family medicine literature, teaches, advises students, and serves on multiple committees for professionalism and interprofessional education. Dr. Collins received her undergraduate degree with honors from Princeton University, and completed her medical degree at Jefferson Medical College (JMC) and a family medicine residency and geriatric medicine fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. She is also Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, JMC. Her research interests include Geriatrics, Family Medicine, Chronic Disease Management, Women’s Health, Interprofessional Education and Medical Education.

Emily Hajjar, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, CGP

Dr. Hajjar is an Associate Professor in the Jefferson School of Pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hajjar earned the PharmD at Duquesne University and then completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University Of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. She then completed a geriatric pharmacy specialty residency at the Minneapolis Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, followed by a geriatric pharmacotherapy-epidemiology fellowship at the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy.

Danielle Snyderman, MD

Dr. Snyderman is an Instructor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She earned the M.D. degree at Howard University College of Medicine and completed her residence and a geriatric fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Her research interests include geriatrics, palliative care and long term care.

Leigh Ann Hewston, PT, MEd, CEEAA

Ms. Hewston is an Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy in the Jefferson School of Health Professions. She teaches in the content areas of Geriatrics, Cardiopulmonary and the electrical and physical modalities. Ms. Hewston is a faculty member in JCIPE and was on the team that developed the original Health Mentor Program. She is a participant in the Geriatric Education Center where she contributes to learning modules, grand rounds presentations and an interprofessional falls assessment clinic. Ms. Hewston is part of an interprofessional research team that recently received funding from the NIA for a project for patients with heart failure. In addition, she hopes to play an integral part in bringing a medical oriented gym (MOG) to the Jefferson Community.

Tracey Vause Earland, MS, OTR/L

Ms. Vause Earland is Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University. For over 15 years, she served as a research interventionist and project coordinator on various funded studies centered on frail elderly, dementia management, family caregiving, low vision rehab, veterans and community integration, and falls in the elderly population. Ms. Vause Earland is a curriculum development consultant to the Eastern Pennsylvania-Delaware Geriatric education center at Thomas Jefferson University and faculty on JCIPE’s Health Mentors Program.

Cecilia Borden EdD, MSN, RN

Dr. Borden is an Assistant Professor in the Jefferson School of Nursing and teaches in the graduate program.. She graduated from St Joseph’s University with a Bachelor’s degree and earned a Master’s degree in Nursing from Gwynedd-Mercy College with a clinical specialty in Gerontology and a functional role in nursing administration. Dr. Borden completed doctoral work at Nova Southeastern University with a degree in Higher Education Administration. Clinical interests include Gerontology, Critical Care, and Interprofessional Education. Research interests are older adult care issues, particularly dementia and nutrition. She is a member of Sigma Tau International Nursing Society and the JCIPE Board. Dr. Borden has been involved in the GEC Grant for several years, as well as the interprofessional curriculum and IPE group work with the students at Jefferson.



1. Discuss the need to expand geriatric and interprofessional education for health professionals.

2. Describe the effectiveness of an interprofessional clinical skills fair as a teaching model for geriatric and IPE competencies.

3. Describe one method for evaluating an Interprofessional Geriatric Clinical Skills Fair.

4. Discuss opportunities and challenges for implementation and evaluation of a new or expanded interprofessional geriatric clinical skills fair.

Presentation: 25 minutes

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