CSM 2016

Changing New Grad Perspectives: Creating Excitement to Work in Geriatrics
Section: Geriatrics
Co-Section: Education
Session Code: GR-2B-8547
Date: Friday, February 19, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Room: 212 A

Speaker(s):   Todd Bzdewka, PT, GCS, CCCE
  Heather Cronin, PT, DPT, GCS
  William Dieter , PT, DPT, GCS

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

It is projected that by the year 2025 the number of individuals over the age of 65 will exceed those of pediatric age. The physical therapy profession must determine how to encourage entry-level clinicians to feel excited about treating the geriatric population. This presentation will review the number of physical therapist education programs that address geriatrics with a continuum approach versus a geriatric specific course. Recommendations will be made for clinical instructors to positively influence the attitudes of students towards the geriatric population. The speakers will address common ageism misconceptions and ways to dispel these inaccurate portrayals of working with older adults with a focus on healthy aging. The presenters will also provide an overview of what the entry-level clinician is seeking upon graduation from scholarships, salary, setting, and mentoring.

Learning Objectives:
1 . Describe the different approaches to teaching geriatrics across the continuum of the program versus geriatric specific coursework.
2. Discuss successful mentoring options for new graduates entering the workforce treating geriatric clients.
3. Describe the benefits of seeking specialty for entry-level clinicians through geriatric residency programs.
4. Discuss successful models of promoting entry-level interest in treating geriatric clientele with mentoring programs.

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