The Houston Geriatric Education Center encourages all students of UTHealth schools to participate in a unique learning experience during the 2012 spring semester. The Houston Geriatric Education Center, an interdisciplinary federally funded center at UTHealth, is sponsoring an educational opportunity for students to go beyond the traditional learning experience in the separate schools and work together on a project.

For the past four years, students from universities in the Texas Medical Center have participated in this competition. This year, one more university is joining the program—the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

This year’s competition will focus on the assessment of health and social needs of seniors and allow students to develop recommendations to help community centers provide the best possible services to seniors in their communities. The students will be judged by interdisciplinary faculty and community leaders on their ability to assess and analyze the structure and organization of community centers; profile elders using community centers; identify the needs of elders in the community; and identify additional social and health services for elders.

The experience requires approximately 24 hours of time spread over three months. You may register for credit (and pay tuition), or you may register for a certificate at no cost. View more information and contact Fang Ye at 713.500.9170 if you have any questions.