Engage-IL Prepares Interprofessional Student Scholars and Leaders to Improve Older Adult Health


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Scholars and Leaders in Interprofessional Geriatrics Program


To enable health science students who are interested in geriatrics to acquire attitudes, values and competencies necessary for practicing comprehensive, patient-and family-centered geriatric care as part of an interdisciplinary team in a variety of health care settings. The program is designed to provide a rich learning experience for health science students with guided supervision by interprofessional faculty. At the heart of this program are active, experiential learning, discussion and reflection on the unique qualities and needs of older adults across life phases and care settings. The learning focuses on how an integrated team of interprofessional practitioners can optimize the health, well-being and quality of life of older adults.

Learners: Students from the UIC College of Applied Health Sciences (CAHS), College of Medicine (COM), College of Nursing (CON), College of Pharmacy (COP), and Jane Addams College of Social Work (JACSW) who have completed at least two semesters of their professional programs, and are in good academic standing, are invited to apply for ten slots. The eight-week program will tentatively take place from May 30th – July 29, 2017.

Learning Activities: The Scholars and Leaders in Interprofessional Geriatrics (SLIG) learning experience will feature practice-based learning in collaboration with our community partners who are working in care settings ranging from home-based care and inpatient rehabilitation to sub-acute care and hospice. Didactic training through online webinars created by the ENGAGE-IL team will also be utilized to enhance students’ learning. Together, the experiential and didactic learning components will cover the continuum of care for older adults, including the trajectory of illness, at different levels and transitions of care. The Scholars will work in teams; each team will spend up to two days a week in practice settings. Interprofessional faculty member will accompany the student teams to the practice settings to provide guidance.

Stipend:* $2,000 will be awarded to each scholar who successfully completes the program.

Eligibility Criteria: Health science students in the CAHS, COM, CON, COP, and JACSW who have completed at least two semesters of their academic programs, and are in good academic standing, are eligible to apply.

Scholars and Leaders in Interprofessional Geriatrics Program

Application & Selection Process:

  • Scholarship application submission deadline: February 24, 2017
  • Notification to selected Scholars: March 2017


Course Credit: Students may be eligible for earning course credit, depending on each participating college’s educational policies. Selected students should work with their college’s faculty participating in this program (see table below) to discuss the possibility of earning course credit.

*Financial rules and restrictions:

Current HRSA Federal Grant (# U1QHP2870) stipend restrictions for Summer Scholars and Leaders in Interprofessional Geriatrics Program include:

1. If a student receives federal loans, the stipend may be applied to his/her student loan instead of being disbursed directly to the student.

            To learn more please visit http://financialaid.uic.edu/scholarships.shtml

2. If a student is a Foreign National, existing federal HRSA grant restrictions do not allow stipend payments, however, students are able to participate in the program without receiving stipend.

Funding: This program is funded by a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant #U1QHP28730.

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the 2017 Student Scholars and Leaders in Interprofessional Geriatrics Program Application:

Download Application Form

To complete the application, you will be asked to submit the following items electronically:

1. 2016-2017 Application Form
2. A brief (1- 2 pages) statement describing “Why I want to be a  Student Summer Scholar.”
3. Current Curriculum Vitae

Please assemble all application materials into a single pdf document and submit electronically to: engageiluic@gmail.com

Questions? Contact the Program Coordinator at engageiluic@gmail.com

Summer Scholarship Period:
8 week experience tentatively scheduled beginning the week of June 5 to July 28, 2017.


Fellowship Faculty
College Faculty Contact
Applied Health Sciences Elizabeth Peterson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA epeterso@uic.edu
Medicine Memoona Hasnain, MD, MHPE, PhD memoona@uic.edu
Nursing Valerie Gruss, PhD, APN, CNP-BC vgruss@uic.edu
Pharmacy Michael Koronkowski, PharmD, CGP koron@uic.edu
Social Work Christopher Mitchell, PhD cgm@uic.edu
Fellowship Co-Directors
Valerie Gruss, PhD, APN, CNP-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Biobehavioral Health Science
Institute for Healthcare Innovation
College of Nursing, UIC
Memoona Hasnain, MD, MHPE, PhD
Associate Professor
Associate Head, Faculty Development & Research
Director, Patient-centered Medicine Scholars Program
Macy Scholar
College of Medicine, UIC