History of Ethnogeriatrics

ethnomedthumbEthnogeriatrics was highlighted as an important issue in the National Agenda for Geriatric Education during the 1990s. Between 1999 and 2001, the GEC Collaborative on Ethnogeriatric Education developed a Core Curriculum on Ethnogeriatrics and Ethnic Specific Modules. Faculty from 34 GECs wrote, reviewed, revised, expanded, and disseminated the Curriculum in Ethnogeriatrics. The 16-module, web-based Curriculum provides detailed information and teaching resources about important historical and cultural influences on the health care experience of the diverse U.S. population of elders. The Stanford GEC has tracked usage of the ethnogeriatric curriculum and reports favorable responses regarding its effectiveness. Many GECs have used the modules in their continuing education programs. GEC faculty share their teaching methods with others at professional meetings and present training sessions in their own geographical areas.                                                                                               Source: Yeo & Severance, 2006, Gerontology Geriatric Education, 26 (4): 87-99.  [PMID: 16537310].