Houston Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team Training Project
The Houston Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team Training Project, coordinated by the Huffington Center on Aging, is one of eight sites funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation in 1996 to create national training models which are responsive to the health care delivery system and the demographic imperatives of the twenty-first century. HGITT is a collaborative endeavor of academic and clinical partners.
The seven academic programs include four within Baylor College of Medicine (internal medicine, family medicine, physician assistant, and psychiatry); one at The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center School of Nursing, and two at the University of Houston (social work and pharmacy).
The six clinical sites include two multi-specialty group practices with Medicare risk HMO programs (Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and MacGregor Medical Association); Baylor Geriatric Medicine Associates; The Hospice at the Texas Medical Center; Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center (geriatrics and geropsychiatry); and the Harris Health System Geriatric Program.
The overall goal of HGITT is to foster effective, comprehensive geriatric care by preparing health professionals in training to use teamwork in meeting diverse patient needs in a range of settings. Principal investigator Robert J. Luchi, M.D., and co-principal investigator and project director Nancy L. Wilson are working with co-project directors for each academic and clinical program to use newly created team training curriculum resources in discipline-specific academic programs as well as to coordinate interdisciplinary practicum experiences in geriatric primary care settings.
The HCOA Interdisciplinary Research seminar provides a forum for intensive interactions between basic scientists, clinicians, and educators within the center. The goal of these interactions is to broaden the knowledge base in geriatrics and gerontology of all members of the center. All faculty and trainees of the center are encouraged to attend this quarterly meeting.