Virginia Geriatric Education Center (VGEC)
While most health care providers serve older adults in their practice, few have received formal education in gerontology or geriatrics. The organizer of the annual Virginia Geriatrics Society conference notes that between 87%-92% of the healthcare professionals attending each conference do NOT have formal training in geriatrics. The VGEC, housed within the Virginia Center on Aging, strives to advance the quality of health care for older adults across the Commonwealth of Virginia and combat the shortage of professionals trained in geriatrics.
The VGEC is an interdisciplinary consortium of four partnering universities and many community partners. They are healthcare and aging specialists working together to develop and deliver training grounded in evidence-based practices and interprofessional teamwork.
Federal funding of the VGEC as a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) is provided to increase the number of healthcare professionals who are trained in geriatrics and to reach out to areas of the state which are medically underserved. Funding for this program is provided by the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services under Grant No. U1QHP28744 (Virginia Geriatric Education Center).
VGEC Mission: To improve the interprofessional education and training of health professionals in Virginia through faculty development, continuing education, and the clinical training of students in geriatrics.
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