Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program

The Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program (GGEAR) is an interprofessional program which has been funded by the State of Maryland since 1987 for the purpose of enhancing health professional training in the field of geriatrics and gerontology.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) with its six professional schools and graduate school is well positioned to provide training opportunities for UMB’s students, licensed health professionals serving older adults and their families.  In addition, GGEAR has developed programs for caregiving families and nursing assistants working in long term care facilities.

Examples of GGEAR’s educational and research activities are:

  • GGEAR, through a University of Maryland System (USM) grant, sponsors the Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team Program (GAIT) established in 1994, which brings together health professional, social work and law students from USM campuses who are interested in interprofessional training opportunities in geriatrics.  The GAIT programs are one or two day rotations in health care facilities serving older adults either on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Western Maryland.  The rotations are coordinated by the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (ESAHEC) and the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center (WMAHEC). 
  • GGEAR is a partner with the Johns Hopkins Geriatric Education Center Consortium (JHGECC) in providing professional education and student geriatric training opportunities.  JHGECC is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Workforce.

Campus Activities Include:

  • GGEAR’s campus activities include interprofessional case conferences and panel discussions sponsored for students and faculty and planned with faculty from the seven schools.
  • Co-sponsorship with the University of Maryland Center for Research on Aging for lectures and student research forums.

 Off-campus activities include:

  • GAIT Programs (10 rotations each year)
  • Professional education programs in Western Maryland and the Eastern Shore in cooperation with the two Area Health Education Centers, the Hopkins Geriatric Education Center Consortium, county agencies and organizations such as Alzheimer’s Association chapters.
  • Family Caregiver Conference in Southern Maryland sponsored with the Area Agencies on Aging from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties and the Alzheimer’s Association (since 1992).
  • Annual nursing assistant conferences in Baltimore and the Eastern Shore co-sponsored with the Beacon Institute and the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center for the latter.

For further information about the GGEAR Program, please contact Diane Martin, Ph.D., Director, at or 410-706-4327