Integrating Mobile Technology to Enhance Geriatric Social Work Training

Awarded Grant: $18,000

Principal Investigator:

Paul R. Gould, Binghamton University

This mobile technology initiative will provide a platform for enhanced student learning and evaluation through a three-tier training experience related to Depression, Dementia & Delirium in geriatric patients. The project will develop a cohesive series of learning modules, a simulated patient experience, and field-related patient encounter. Web-based learning modules will expose students to a broader understanding of the complex and interrelated physiological, neurological, psychological and social factors associated with depression, dementia & delirium, as how to utilize a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in practice. Modules will also include best practices related to therapeutic interventions with geriatric populations. Simulated patients and field-related encounters allow students to practice clinical skills with older adults and families from a variety of cultural backgrounds; mobile devices and digital recordings will allow students and faculty supervisors to evaluate students’ skill application in encounters in simulation labs and field practicum sites across the Southern Tier.

Co-PI’s and Key Partners:

Shawn A. Berkowitz, MD, CMD, Director, UHS Geriatrics, Director Geriatric Clerkship, Upstate Medical University
Suk-Young Kang, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Binghamton University

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