From 1985 until July 1, 2015, The Texas Consortium Geriatrics Education Center was one of 45 national GECs in the country until HRSA, the federal agency, eliminated the funding for GECs. Headquartered at Baylor College of Medicine, the statewide consortium was comprised of ten leading academic institutions. The newly revised TCGEC is one of about 20 formerly HRSA-funded GECs which will continue to offer geriatrics education under the auspices of a new national grouping called the GEC Collaborative. As a founding member of the collaborative, the TCGEC and its member institutions across Texas will promote interprofessional geriatrics education for clinical faculty and community practitioners, serve as a resource to geroeducators at all levels, and share materials, mainly Web-based distance learning content, with the other members of the GEC Collaborative.
- Offer educational programs for faculty and community practitioners of designated health professions
- Expand minority faculty recruitment and career development in geriatrics
- Initiate a student enrichment program to foster student interest and support student development in the field of aging
- Provide technical assistance and consultation services regarding the coordination of statewide projects in geriatrics and gerontology
- Sustain an information network for the identification of distribution of resources essential to the support of educational programs in geriatrics and gerontology throughout the state via the Texas Alliance of GECs
Enrollees complete a three-part professional development program including a personal action plan that adds some new dimension to the courses they teach or to the clinical services in which they work with older people. It is through this process of ongoing professional development that we impact the quality of lives of older Texans. Now enrollees can take the a 40-hour certificate course online. See the distance learning page or contact Mehrnaz Gill, TCGEC Distance Learning coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To become an enrollee in 2015, visit one of the institutions below and email the co-project director. You may also call the Baylor College of Medicine's Huffington Center on Aging at (713) 798-4611.
Members collaborate to advance the development of health professionals' capabilities to improve the lives of older Texans through better programs, service delivery activities, and resources in the field of aging. By the end of 2015, more than 75,000 Texas healthcare professionals will have attended TCGEC offerings.
Members of the Texas consortium and their respective co-project director email addresses are as follows:
For a listing of CME programs, please contact:
Dr. Robert E. Roush
Phone: (713) 798-4611
Fax: (713) 798-6688
Other TCGEC staff at Baylor's Huffington Center on Aging are:
Nancy L. Wilson, LMSW, Associate Project Director, email@example.com
Mehrnaz S. Gill, M.S., Coordinator for Distance Learning, (713) 798-5804, firstname.lastname@example.org
The members of the GEC Collaborative will be listed here soon. This new national organization will have its own Web site, a governance structure, and meet at annual conventions of the AGS, GSA, ASA and other national aging-related organizations.