Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team

Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team (GAIT) is a project funded by the University System of Maryland (USM) Redeployment Grant System and is located in rural Maryland at AHEC West in Cumberland and the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center in Cambridge.

A series of one- or two-day rotations introduces students from USM degree programs to comprehensive geriatric assessment and the fundamentals of interprofessional collaboration through both didactic and clinical sessions.

GAIT opportunities
  • Enhance your Interdisciplinary Health Care Team Skills training
  • Learn about Interdisciplinary Geriatric Assessment at a rural geriatric care site
  • Participate in Interdisciplinary Team Assessment of program participants at care sites
  • Discuss your Team Interdisciplinary Assessment with the care site staff
GAIT project agenda components
  • Introduction to interprofessional health care teams
  • Team communication activities; aging simulation activities
  • Interprofessional model to use for student team assessment of assigned older adult
  • Presentation related to focus topic at host site
  • Presentation/discussion by host site staff on their services and the clients they serve
  • Brief tour
  • Review client’s record (each team will be assessing different person)
  • Observe client in activities/therapy etc.
  • Team interview of assigned client
  • Discussion of interview; follow up planning; consult with host site staff
  • Complete interdisciplinary team presentation plan
  • Team presentations and discussion with host site staff
Campuses and degree programs that have participated in GAIT programs

GAIT projects are funded by a University System of Maryland Redeployment Grant to the Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research (GGEAR) program at UMB to provide a geriatric team training opportunity for students from:

  • Bowie State University - Nursing, Social Work
  • Coppin State University - Social Work
  • Frostburg State University - Nursing, Psychology, Recreation Therapy, Social Work, and pre-Health Professions
  • Morgan State University – Nursing, Social Work
  • Salisbury University - Nursing, Social Work, and Psychology
  • Towson University - Gerontology, Health Care Management, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Speech-Language Pathology
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore - Dental, Nursing, Medicine, Social Work, Pharmacy, Law, Physical Therapy
  • University of Maryland, Eastern Shore - Human Ecology, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant

A variety of sites are used throughout Baltimore, Maryland's eastern shore, southern Maryland, and western Maryland. Each site is chosen because it emphasizes the benefits of interprofessional collaboration in caring for frail older individuals. For more information, download the GAIT presentation.

Interested in learning more? Contact us.
  • Reba Cornman, GGEAR Director, University of Maryland, Baltimore, 410-706-4327
  • Terri Socha, GAIT Coordinator, AHEC West, 301-777-9150 x107
  • Randy Holliday, GAIT Coordinator, Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center, 410-221-2600