UMMS Geriatrics Interest Group (GIG)
The Navigator Program in Geriatrics, based around health care encounters of older patients in the clinic setting, was originally conceived as the Elder Patient Navigator Program (2009-2010) by a medical student as a novel UMMS geriatric curricular initiative. The program targets first and second year medical students and graduate nursing students for the purpose of accomplishing specific inter-professional objectives in the following categories.
Longitudinal patient-centered experience: SN is paired with one older patient whom the SN navigates for three visits through primary care and subspecialties.
Patient Selection: Longitudinal Preceptor Program faculty and geriatrician faculty advisors.
Recruitment: Geriatric Interest Group (GIG) student leaders recruit first and second year medical students, and graduate nursing students.
Student Navigator Resource Manual & Faculty Guide: includes modules on geriatric prescribing, effective communication with older persons, and geriatric specialty-specific considerations.
Training: Geriatrician faculty advisors facilitate small group sessions with SNs
Demonstrate: integration of care across specialties
Optional Enrichment Elective: SN participation is noted on transcript.
| Navigator Program Overview
Module I: Communicating with Older Adults
| Program Student Pamphlet
Program Patient Pamphlet
Patient Information Sheet (Blank)
Patient Information Sheet (Sample)
The Navigator Program was developed by the University of Massachusetts Medical School Advancing Geriatrics Education (AGE) program, which is supported by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.© UMMS Navigator materials are subject to copyright protection.