Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative

Arkansas Geriatric Education Mentors & Scholars (AR-GEMS): AR-GEMS is a 60 hour faculty enrichment program designed for faculty who teach students in the health professions and provides current didactic education and clinical experiences in geriatrics to faculty members who wish to incorporate or update geriatric content in the courses they teach. This program is also aimed at health professionals working with older patients who want to learn more about the aging process and improve the care they provide. This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services  Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1QHP28723, University of Arkansas System Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative.

Each AR-GEMS participant will complete a brief comprehensive course in geriatrics/gerontology. All materials for the course will be provided online. Additional materials will be available via designated Internet sites. Participants will be required to choose mentors in their geographic area with experience in older adult care. Participants are required to complete the program within nine months from their start date.

Program Goals

The goal of AR-GEMS is to create a network of Arkansas health providers who are trained in geriatrics. By promoting the concept and practice of the interdisciplinary healthcare team, regional experiential training sites will be established for clinical health professionals, faculty, and students. The training will take place entirely online.

Program Requirements

Within a nine (9) month period from start date, participants should:
• Participate in an orientation session over the telephone.
• Complete three online self-study modules and at least two of the elective online self-study modules.
• Attend 2 video teleconferences (VTCs) sponsored by the AGEC or view 2 DVDs of previous VTCs.
• Engage in ten (10) hours of experiential practice in a geriatric setting with a mentor.

Continuing Education

Health professionals such as physicians, nurses, dietitians, rehabilitation therapists, psychologists, social workers, and others, who provide care to older adults, are invited to participate in this program.

Continuing Education contact hours may be provided for some modules. For an application, please 501-603-1969 or email rvgibson [at] uams [dot] edu. An application will be sent to you. Please complete it and fax back to 501.603.1966.

Program Staff

Ronni Chernoff, PhD, FAND, FASPEN
Director, AGEC and Professor, Reynolds Department of Geriatrics

Robin McAtee, PhD, RN, FACHE
Associate Director

Regina V. Gibson, RN, MALS, CHES, CRS
Program Coordinator

Sajni Kumpuris
Education Coordinator (ADRD Education Specialist)

Kerry Krell, MPH, CHES
Outreach Coordinator

JaBrele Mooney
Administrative Analyst