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Health care workforce development in rural america: when geriatrics expertise is 100 miles away.

Tumosa N, Horvath KJ, Huh T, Livote EE, Howe JL, Jones LI, Kramer BJ. Health care workforce development in rural america: when geriatrics expertise is 100 miles away. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education. 2012 Jan 1; 33(2):133-51.

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The Geriatric Scholar Program (GSP) is a Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) workforce development program to infuse geriatrics competencies in primary care. This multimodal educational program is targeted to primary care providers and ancillary staff who work in VA's rural clinics. GSP consists of didactic education and training in geriatrics and gerontology and in quality improvement (QI) and support to implement a local QI project; in addition, elective options include webinars, audio conferences, clinical practica, and mentoring. The program is effective in improving core competencies in geriatrics and in improving clinical care for older Veterans who receive health care in rural clinics.

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