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

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Scholars and Leaders in Interprofessional Geriatrics Program

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Goal: 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 interprofessional teams, in a variety of health care settings. The SLIG course is designed to provide a rich learning experience for health science students with mentoring and guidance by interprofessional faculty. At the heart of this course is active, experiential learning with discussion and reflection on the unique qualities and needs of older adults across life phases in a variety of care settings. The teaching and learning focus 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 University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine (COM), College of Nursing (CON), College of Pharmacy (COP), College of Applied Health Sciences (AHS), School of Public Health (SPH), and Jane Addams College of Social Work (JACSW), who are in good academic standing, are eligible to apply. Two students will be selected from each profession for a total of 12 scholars. One additional medical student will be selected from the College of Medicine to receive the Dr. Akavut Suesakul, MD Scholarship in Primary Care Geriatrics.

Course Dates: The three-week SLIG course will take place from Tuesday, July 5th, 2022 to Friday, July 22nd, 2022. The course will meet virtually 3 days per week. The class will typically held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, however exact times may be adjusted as needed. The class hours are from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm; however, students should plan for an additional time to work on course assignments. The final student “Showcase” will be held on the last day on July 22, 2022. Additionally, there will be a course “Orientation Session” held virtually on Monday May 16 in the evening, 5:30 – 8:30 pm.

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Expectations and Time Commitment: Students will meet virtually on the scheduled class days and will have an estimated equivalent amount of preparatory and reflective work each week. Preparatory work may include completing assigned readings, watching online video modules on topics pertaining to practice in geriatrics, preparing for in-class discussions and activities, preparing and writing a final paper and presentation for the “SLIG Showcase” scheduled at the end of the course. Students will be asked to keep their schedules open during weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm from June 5 to July 22 because the course schedules are based on community partners and faculty availability and are therefore subject to change. Absences will be excused only for health and other serious reasons. Please note that after each session you will be asked to complete a brief evaluation of the session. Completing the session evaluations is a SLIG course requirement.

Learning Activities: Interprofessional learning experiences in the SLIG course typically include both experiential learning and didactic learning. The experiential learning is in collaboration with our community partners in a variety of care settings, ranging from home-based care and inpatient rehabilitation to hospice care. Due to the special circumstances around COVID-19 pandemic, in-person visits to the community clinic sites will not be a part of the 2022 SLIG course; instead our partners from a variety of care settings will deliver online talks and presentations. We will also be highlighting interprofessional work in geriatrics associated with COVID-19 issues for older adults.

Didactic training will include class sessions as well as self-study of course readings and online educational modules on topics pertaining to interprofessional geriatric practice created by the ENGAGE-IL team. Together, the experiential and didactic learning components address the continuum of care of older adults, including the trajectory of illness, at different levels and transitions of care. 

Each SLIG Scholar will research and develop a paper, which will be presented by scholars at an end of program at the SLIG Showcase. The topic selection for the paper will start with the application personal statement. After further discussion of the topic at course orientation on May 16, a written proposal will be due on June 15, with final papers and presentations on July 22.

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

Eligibility Criteria: Health science students in the COM, CON, COP, AHS, SPH and JACSW, who are in good academic standing per participating schools/colleges, and who meet the below criteria are eligible to apply. 

COM students, rising M2 students who have completed their M1 course work in the first semester successfully are eligible

CON students, only graduate students are eligible 

COP students, P2 students are eligible

AHS students who meet the additional criteria described below are eligible:

For the Department of Occupational Therapy

    • Graduate students who are licensed occupational therapists (e.g., post professional OTD students, PhD students) 
      • Note: Due to schedule conflicts involving required courses and fieldwork, students enrolled in the entry-level (MS) OT program are not eligible 

For the Department of Physical Therapy

    • Graduates of the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) professional program 
      • Note: Due to schedule conflicts involving required courses and fieldwork, students enrolled in the DPT program are not eligible.
      • Second year DPT students whose summer clinical experience could not be scheduled would be eligible to apply.
    • Graduate students who are licensed physical therapists (e.g. PhD students, MS in Rehabilitation Science students) in the U.S. or another country.

For the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition 

    • Students enrolled in their first year of the MS CP in Nutrition Program 
    • Graduate students who are licensed as RDs/RDNs (e.g., MS and PhD Students) 

SPH students, MPH and MHA students are eligible

JACSW students, only graduate students are eligible 

Application & Selection Process & Dates:  

  • Scholarship application submission deadline: January 31, 2022
  • Notification to selected Scholars: by March 2022

Applicants must complete the Program Application (Appendix A) and submit it by January 31, 2022 to engageil@engageil.com 

Applications will be reviewed and scored by a Selection Committee (Appendix B, Application review criteria). Two students from each of the six participating professions will be selected. An additional one medical student will be selected for The Dr. Akavut Suesakul Memorial Scholarship in Primary Care Geriatrics (see Appendix C for details).

 The decision of the Selection Committee will be communicated to applicants by March 2022. 

*Rules and regulations for receiving stipend:

Current HRSA Federal Grant (# U1QHP28730) stipend restrictions for Summer Scholars 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.
  2. Stipends will be disbursed into students’ UIC accounts, not directly disbursed to students.   To learn more please visit http://financialaid.uic.edu/scholarships.shtml
  3. 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 the stipend.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Scholars who are selected and agree to participate in the SLIG program will be required to fulfill their commitment and learning agreement. Declining to participate in the program after acceptance creates substantial logistic challenges for the organizers and also takes away the scholarship opportunity from other potential candidates. 

Attendance: Students will be asked to participate in all scheduled course activities including the course orientation on Monday, May 16 evening and keep their schedules open weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm from July 5 to July 22, 2022. The course scheduled activities are based on community partners and faculty availability and are subject to change. Absences will be excused only for health and other serious reasons. 

Course Evaluations: Please note that after each session students will be asked to complete a brief evaluation of the session. Completing the session evaluations is a requirement of the SLIG Course. Please consider applying for this scholarship only if you are able to comply with the above program requirements. 

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

The Dr. Akavut Suesakul Memorial Scholarship in Primary Care Geriatrics is funded by the UIC COM Department of Family Medicine.

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Questions? Contact the Program Coordinator at engageIL@engageil.com

SLIG Course Co-Directors
Valerie Gruss, PhD, APN, CNP-BC, FAAN
Clinical Professor
Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science
College of Nursing, UIC
vgruss@uic.edu
Memoona Hasnain, MD, MHPE, PhD
Professor and Associate Head
Department of Family & Community Medicine
Associate Dean for Faculty Development
College of Medicine, UIC
memoona@uic.edu

 

Core Faculty
College Faculty Contact
Applied Health Sciences Elizabeth Peterson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA epeterso@uic.edu
Medicine & Public Health Memoona Hasnain, MD, MHPE, PhD memoona@uic.edu
Nursing Valerie Gruss, PhD, APN, CNP-BC, FAAN vgruss@uic.edu
Pharmacy Michael Koronkowski, PharmD, BCGP koron@uic.edu

 
 

 

 

Staff

Sueyeon Lee, MSN
SLIG Coordinator
slee662@uic.edu

Kanwal Haque, MPH
Research Associate
khaque2@uic.edu