Arkansas Geriatric Education Mentors & Scholars (AR-GEMS) is a continuing education program aimed at health professionals working with older patients who want to learn more about the aging process and improve the care they provide. Support for this program comes from a US Health Resources and Services Administration Grant awarded to the Arkansas Geriatric Education Center (AGEC).

For an application, please contact AGEC at agec [at] uams [dot] edu. We will send you an application for you to complete and fax back to 501.603.1966.

Program Description
Each AR-GEMS participant will complete a brief comprehensive course in geriatrics/gerontology. All printed materials for the course will be provided. Additional materials will be available via designated Internet sites. Participants will be assigned mentors with experience in older adult care.

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. Orientation for the AR-GEMS Program will take place over the phone and the training will take place entirely online. A one-day Coaching and Mentoring training session will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas at the DWR Institute on Aging and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS).

Program Requirements
Within a 9 month period, participants should:

  • Participate in an orientation session over the telephone.
  • Complete three online self-study modules and attend a one-day participatory experience (half a day of health care team shadowing experience and half a day of a “Coaching and Mentoring” workshop in Little Rock), 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.

This continuing education activity was approved by the Arkansas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Up to 60 hours of continuing education contact hours are available.

Program Director
Ronni Chernoff, PhD, RD, FADA
Director, AGEC

Program Staff
Regina V. Gibson, RN, MALS, CHES
Educational Specialist, AGEC

Robin McAtee, PhD, RN, FACHE
Nurse Educator, AGEC

Jabrele Mooney, AGEC Administrative Specialist III

To complete an application or for additional AGEC programming, go to the AGEC website