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Arkansas Geriatric Education Mentors & Scholars (AR-GEMS):
The Arkansas Geriatric Education Mentors & Scholars program, or AR-GEMS, is an online self-study program for professionals who work with older adults and want to learn more about the aging process and improve the care they provide. The goal of AR-GEMS is to create a network of professionals in Arkansas who are trained in geriatrics by promoting the concept and practice of interdisciplinary care teams. The program is open to any professional who works with older adults in health care or other settings.

AR-GEMS is a 60 hour self-study program for health professionals across disciplines who work with older patients and want to learn more about the aging process and improve the care they provide.

Each AR-GEMS participant will complete a brief comprehensive course in geriatrics/gerontology. All materials for the course are provided online. Additional materials are available via designated Internet sites. Participants are required to choose mentors in their geographic area with experience in older adult care. Participants are also required to complete the program within nine months from their start date.

Program Goal

The goal of AR-GEMS is to create a network of Arkansas health providers who are trained in geriatrics. By promoting the concept and practice of the interdisciplinary healthcare team, regional experiential training sites will be established for clinical health professionals, faculty, and students. The training will take place entirely online.

Program Requirements

Within a (9) month period from the start date, participants must:

  • Participate in an orientation session over the phone
  • Complete (3) online self-study modules and at least two elective online self-study modules
  • Attend (2) video teleconferences (VTCs) sponsored by AGEC or view (2) DVDs of previous VTCs
  • Attend a Coaching and Mentoring session and the Annual Geriatric Long Tem Care Update in Little Rock
  • Engage in (10) hours of experiential practice in a geriatric setting with a mentor

Continuing Education

Health professionals such as physicians, nurses, dietitians, rehabilitation therapists, psychologists, social workers, and others, who provide care to older adults, are invited to participate in this program.

Continuing Education contact hours may be provided for some modules. For an application, please email An application will be sent to you. Please complete it and email to or fax back to 501.603.1966.

Grant No. U1QHP28723

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1QHP28723, University of Arkansas System Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative for the total award of $2.4 million. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.