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Faculty Scholars Program Overview

Purpose: The HRSA UAB Geriatric Education Center Faculty Scholars Program (FSP) supports the training and retraining of faculty and preceptors in geriatric topics (themes) targeted to improve healthcare quality including advanced illness, frailty, care coordination, symptom management, and medication management. FSP scholars will learn geriatric content emphasizing health literacy and ethnogeriatric issues. This program provides the training necessary to incorporate culturally and linguistically sensitive geriatric principles into the scholar’s coursework and clinical programs.

Program Details:

  • 36 hour Faculty Scholars Development Program
    • Interdisciplinary
      • Scholars are recruited from the following departments: Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Nursing, Social Work & Psychology
    • 24 Hours of Health Literacy Content
    • Five-half day Quarterly Sessions (4 hours each)
      • These sessions will provide scholars the opportunity to share information and learn from each other
      • FSP Participants will give a final report during a half-day session
    • Eight web-based self-study sessions (2 hours each)
      • Modules are designed to augment content and expanded upon in the face-to-face sessions
      • These self-study modules will include one hour of web-based content into their School or Departments curriculums
      • Upon completion of the online modules, participants will submit monthly reports on the progress of their integration of FSP content into their teaching curricula and trainee activities
    • Runs from March – February
    • Participation in the UAB GEC Annual Interdisciplinary Geriatrics Education Conference
    • Certificate of Completion

Program Key Points:

  • Recognize and manage geriatric syndromes associated with advanced illness or frailty
  • Utilize behavioral interventions and pharmacology treatments to minimize disabling symptoms
  • Arrange care so that older adults facing advanced illness will be able to participate in treatment preferences and experience optimal quality life
  • Develop a patient-centered plan of care that is characterized by an integrated clinical environment and proactive delivery of evidence-based care and follow-up