Training & Special Programs

Enhanced Field Internships
Geriatric Grand Rounds
Integrative Rotating Field Seminars
Special High Impact Projects

JoyAge Research Project

Dr. Zvi Gellis serves as the international research and training consultant to JoyAge, a research project on geriatric depression and mental health sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Foundation and the University of Hong Kong. In spring 2017, Dr. Gellis traveled to Hong Kong to train 130 social services professionals in the assessment and evidence-based treatment of late life depression, including an introduction to problem solving therapy for depression.

Telehealth Cardiac Rehab Programs

In-home cardiac rehab programs – especially if they are tailored interventions delivered via telehealth technology – can significantly ease depression in older patients, a new meta-analysis shows.

Click here to read Telehealth cardiac rehab programs ease depression in elderly (Reuters Health)

“Standardized Patient Training” Penn School of Medicine Standardized Interprofessional Team Training

The Penn Geriatric Social Work Fellows have the opportunity to participate in a high-quality Standardized Patient (SP) clinical training at the Perelman School of Medicine, which is designed to test student learners at various stages in their clinical education.

The SP Program offers PAC fellows the opportunity to interact and test their skills with standardized patients and interprofessional teams with the following clinical experiences:

  • a controlled environment where they develop their unique approach to patient care with nonjudgmental feedback from a diverse group of simulated patients;
  • reliable, valid clinical scenarios using trained SPs and rigorous quality assurance to grade learners on their progress and/or prepare them for State licensing exams; and
  • training to portray a patient scenario for the instruction, practice, and assessment of the examining, diagnostic, and interpersonal skills of the students.