Office of Interprofessional Education

MSC 11 6055
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Physical Location:
SURGE Building (#226)
Suite 140, Room 151A (first floor)

Phone: (505) 272-1613

IPE Geriatrics

Senior mentor with IP student teamThe Interprofessional Geriatric Elective course has been taught by faculty from multiple disciplines and is designed to provide the necessary tools for health care professionals to successfully assess and care for the older adult as a team. It involves the interprofessional study of the treatment of common geriatric conditions in multiple care settings and across the care continuum.

During this course students:

  • Learn from each other about the roles and responsibilities of different team members 
  • Explore community support services and health literacy issues
  • Facilitate patient-centered, team-oriented care.

Teaching and learning methods include: Interprofessional case-based discussion, the use of team simulation, and development and presentation of team care plans for geriatric patients who experience a variety of important health conditions.  In addition, students observe actual healthcare teams in action and engage in service learning addressing the needs of geriatric patients. Students from programs including Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Social Work (in collaboration with New Mexico Highlands University and New Mexico State University).

As part of the service learning component, students are required to participate in at least one of three health fairs where they provide health counseling, education and assessments to older adults at selected area senior housing complexes.