Summer Institute

Summer Institute for Faculty

The Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative Summer Institute program consists of intense didactic education coupled with clinical observation experience in various health care delivery sites. The program was developed to train faculty who are teaching the next generation of health professionals with geriatrics at the center of training, helping them to incorporate geriatric content into their institution’s existing courses or to create new courses. This program 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.

Each Summer Institute participant will complete 36 hours of training in Little Rock. These hours will include:

  • Brief comprehensive course in geriatrics/gerontology (24 hrs) covering such topics as Palliative Care, OTC and Herbal Supplements, Exercise and Aging, Dementia Overview and Behavioral Interventions, Communication with Older Adults, Caregiver Issues, Elder Abuse and others. All course materials and appropriate web-links will be provided.
  • Clinical training (16 hrs) will consist of shadowing activities with assigned mentors experienced in older adult care. Assignments will be made on the basis of individual interests and availability of clinical sites including but not limited to: Long Term Care, Adult Day Healthcare, Diabetes Clinic, Home Healthcare Service, Out-patient and In-patient Consult Service.
  • Additional requirements include 20 hours of clinical shadowing experiences that will be scheduled at a participant’s convenience in geriatric settings within a 6 month period.

Locations for the training may include the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and the Reynolds Institute on Aging.

Summer Institute Program Goals

The Summer Institute is designed to increase geriatric knowledge of faculty and geriatric content of courses in Arkansas institutions of higher education, promote the concept and practice of the interdisciplinary healthcare team, and establish regional experiential training sites for health professionals, students and faculty.

Summer Institute Program Requirements

Participating faculty will:

  • Complete 5 days of training in Little Rock (24 hrs are devoted to geriatrics topics and 16 hrs to mentored clinical experiences).
  • Evaluate didactic speakers and clinical mentors and write a summary of the participant’s clinical program.

Continuing Education

Faculty teaching dietetics, nursing, physical therapy, psychology, social work, and others are invited to participate in this program.

Upon completion of all requirements, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

For an application, please email us at We will send you an application to complete and return to AGEC via fax at 501-603.1966.


Program Staff

Ronni Chernoff, PhD, FAND, FASPEN
AGEC Director and Professor, Reynolds Department of Geriatrics

Robin McAtee, PhD, RN, FACHE
Associate Director