WHO WE ARE
Established in 1987, the Geriatric Education Center of Michigan (GECM) is a federally funded, statewide consortium administratively located at Michigan State University (MSU). The GECM is a member of a nationwide network of 45 GECs, offering education and training opportunities for health professions faculty, practitioners, students, and others to enhance the quality and availability of health care for older adults. The GECM is funded from the Bureau of Health Professions of the Health Resources and Services Administration. This support is authorized through Public Health Service Act, Title VII, Section 753(a).
WHAT WE DO
The mission of the GECM is to advance geriatric education within the State. The GECM works with its partners to plan, develop, implement and evaluate training programs for multidisciplinary groups of practitioners who provide health care to older adults in a variety of settings including primary care offices, assisted living, hospitals, rehabilitation units, nursing homes, and the community. Training programs are also targeted to faculty in geriatrics and gerontology and health professions students in Michigan’s academic institutions. The GECM initiatives are intended to strengthen geriatric care in medically underserved communities and to improve the organization and delivery of unique services for older adults.
Training participants include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, psychologists, nutritionists, oral health providers, rehabilitation specialists, administrators, and others who work with older adults.
GECM consortium partners include:
- MSU College of Human Medicine
- MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine
- MSU College of Nursing
- MSU School of Social Work
- MSU College of Communication Arts
- MSU Extension
- Grand Valley State University
- University of Michigan School of Dentistry
- Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology
- Veterans Administration VISN 11
- Sparrow Hospital, Lansing
Our regional community training teams are located in:
- Hurley Medical Center, Flint
- Marquette General Hospital, Marquette
- Munson Medical Center, Traverse City
- Saint Mary’s Hospital, Grand Rapids
The GECM also collaborates with other organizations and agencies within the state such as:
- Alzheimer's Association
- Area Agencies on Aging
- Lansing Community College
- Michigan Center for Rural Health
- Michigan Department of Community Health
- Primary Care Dementia Network
To learn more about GECM initiatives, please see our “Programs” page on this site.