Geriatric Leadership Scholar Program

The Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) provides the opportunity for three faculty members each year to be selected from colleges and universities across Missouri to participate in the Geriatric Leadership Scholars Program. This GWEP initiative is aimed at developing competent gerontology faculty who have the skills to teach and assess students and is key to improving future care for older adults. To develop healthcare faculty with expertise in geriatrics and gerontology, the Geriatric Leadership Scholars Program provides support for three health care faculty to enhance their geriatric knowledge and skills. Scholars participate in and lead GWEP education events. Each of the Scholars are paired with a Gateway GEC Faculty Mentor who works with the Scholar throughout the year to address teaching, research, and program development issues.

2017-2018 Geriatric Leadership Scholar Program

Developing competent faculty in gerontology who have the skills to teach and assess students is key to improving future care for older adults. To develop healthcare faculty with expertise in geriatrics, the Geriatric Leadership Scholars Program (GLS) will provide support for one-year to a maximum of three junior healthcare faculty to enhance their geriatric knowledge and skills, including salary support for a minimum of 2 months/year, mentorship, and professional education through the host institution. Each scholar will work with students in the GWEP Clinical Training programs, develop leadership skills and be exposed to a year-long lecture series and continuing education offerings. Each scholar’s experience will be tailored to meet her or his needs for professional development.

Scholars will be involved in developing and delivering clinical geriatric education specific to her/his discipline to students, primary care professionals, and patients and their caregivers. This program will be open to junior healthcare faculty throughout Missouri. Successful applicants will be chosen based on their curriculum vitae and a letter of application outlining their goals for applying for the support. Preference will be given to applicants who will increase the diversity of the workforce and who work in medically underserved areas. The selection committee will include: Dean or dean’s designee from the Saint Louis University Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health, and Public Health, and Project and Co-Project Directors. Applicants will be provided with the following information:

Criteria: 1) A health professional from any Missouri university responsible for teaching/training related to primary care; 2) Interest in geriatrics—demonstrated effort or interest in developing expertise; 3) Discipline-specific clinical experience; and 4) Support from institution (able to commit to the equivalent of the salary recovery award to work on Scholar-related activities).

Award: 1) $30,000/year salary support; travel funds for national conference (American Medical Directors Association); 2) Participation in GEC GWEP-sponsored educational events and mentor in discipline; and 3) Development of clinical geriatric education.

Time Line: 1) Application due date—3/15/2017; 2) Selection/Notification date—3/31/2017; and 3) Start date—7/1/2017.

Application: Submit the following materials in a single pdf to Dr. Marla Berg-Weger, Saint Louis University Gateway Geriatric Education Center;

1) Curriculum Vitae
2) Background/Area of Scholarship Interest and reasons for interest in this program;
3) Letter from Department Chair/Director indicating support and time allocated for participation

For more information on the GWEP, please visit and direct questions to Dr. Berg-Weger at 314/977-2151;

2016-2017 Geriatric Leadership Scholars:

Jamie Koerner, PharmD, BCPS Jamie Koerner, PharmD, BCPS, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy at University of Missouri. Dr. Koerner received pharmacy training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Mayo Clinical-Ambulatory Care Clinics, and St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She will focus on expanding geriatric education in interprofessional settings.
Angela Sanford, M.D. Angela Sanford, M.D. has served since 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Saint Louis University. Her activities during the Scholar experience will focus on the application of the Rapid Geriatric Assessment, particularly within older adults with a hip fracture.
Devita Stallings, Ph.D., MSN, RN Devita Stallings, Ph.D., MSN, RN, Assistant Professor, joined the faculty of the Saint Louis University School of Nursing in 2013. She completed doctoral training in nursing at Saint Louis University. She will utilize her expertise in cardiovascular health disparities and public health nursing to engage students and improve cardiovascular disease self-management among the older African American community.
2016 Geriatric Leadership Scholars:
Olaide Sangoseni, PT, DPT, MSc, PhD

Olaide Sangoseni, PT, DPT, MSc, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Maryville University in St. Louis. Dr. Sangoseni has research and clinical activities in the areas of evidence-based physical therapy practice, health disparities and active aging issues, health promotion and wellness, physical therapy practice advocacy, and manual therapy approaches to management of musculoskeletal conditions.

Stretching Exercises for Impaired Mobility in Older Adults

Cara Wallace, PhD, MSW

Cara Wallace, PhD, MSW is an Assistant Professor in the Saint Louis University School of Social Wprk. Dr. Wallace’s research, teaching, and clinical work focuses on hospice and end-of-life care, family communication, barriers to care, and healthcare decision-making.

Family and Advanced Care Planning in End-of-Life Decision Making

James “Max” Zubatsky, PhD, LMFT

James “Max” Zubatsky, PhD, LMFT is an Assistant Professor in the Saint Louis University Department of Family and Community Medicine’s Medical Family Therapy Program. Dr. Zubatsky’s research and clinical interests include family caregiving, geriatrics, community health issues and disparities, collaboration in primary care, couples therapy, chronic illness in families, and hoarding disorders

James “Max” Zubatsky, PhD, LMFT



This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1QHP28716 Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program for $843,079. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Este proyecto es apoyado por la Administración de Recursos y Servicios de Salud ( HRSA ) del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (HHS) de Estados Unidos bajo el número de concesión Programa de Mejoramiento de la Fuerza Laboral U1QHP28716 Geriatría de 843.079 dólares . Esta información o contenido y las conclusiones son las del autor y no deben interpretarse como la posición o la política del funcionario , ni debe inferirse cualquier endoso por HRSA , el HHS , o del Gobierno de Estados Unidos.