Geriatric Case Competition


The Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gateway Workforce Enhancement Program concluded the second annual Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition on Thursday, November 3, 2016. There were 12 teams from 4 universities: Saint Louis University, Washington University, Maryville University and the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health in St. Louis. The professions represented by the students included Clinical Psychology, Dentistry, Medical Family Therapy, Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Physical Therapy, Social Work and Speech/Language Pathology.

The competition was divided into 3 groups of 4 teams each where the students collaborated with 3-5 health professions students and a faculty mentor, on a geriatric-based case which focused on creation of a discharge care plan for an older patient with multiple, chronic health challenges. The students then created and offered an innovative 20-minute electronic case presentation. Coaches and judges for each group included faculty from PT, Nursing, Nutrition & Dietetics, Social Work, Medicine, Psychology, and Pharmacy.

The students enjoyed the experience and said they would recommend the competition to others. The interprofessional aspect was a highlight for everyone involved. One student wrote, "It was interesting starting out because we all had different ideas on the patient, but as time progressed, we saw that all of our goals were the same. We just had different routes to get to the solution." And from another, "I also appreciated working with students from another university."

Geriatric Case Competition
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A first and second place was awarded to teams in each group. This year's winners are:

Group One
Group One Winner: Team 12
Annie Sescleifer, Medicine, SLU
Caroline Usher, Speech/Language Pathology, SLU
Lauren Wilson, Medical Family Therapy, SLU
Erin Adams, Medicine, SLU
Andrea Bixby, Physical Therapy, SLU
Britney Burkart, Social Work, SLU
Faith Stagge, Speech/Language Pathology, SLU
Matthew Wynn, Clinical Psychology, Washington University
Group Two:

Group Two Winner, Team 10:

Andrew Bennett, Speech/Language Pathology, SLU
Kristin McDaniel, Medical Family Therapy, SLU
Adam Reinagel, Medicine, SLU
Michelle Waggoner, Physical Therapy, SLU
Anne O'Brien, Speech/Language Pathology, SLU
Elise Rohan, Physical Therapy, SLU
Scott Williams, Medicine, SLU
Group Three:
Group Three Winner, Team 8:

David Hatch, Dentistry, Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health
Daphne Lui, Nursing, SLU
Morgan Ponder, Social Work, SLU
Laken Raithel, Physical Therapy, SLU
Kate Brown, Nursing, SLU
Katie Cammack, Speech/Language Pathology, SLU
Meghan McDarby, Clinical Psychology, Washington University
Francesca Vacca, Medicine, SLU


February 2016 Case Competition

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Students from across the health professions participated in the first annual “Geriatric Case Competition” this past month.  Nine teams – each with students from multiple disciplines were charged with becoming an interprofessional team and developing a plan of care for a geriatric patient based on a standardized case. Students met over three weeks and had access to a faculty mentor.  Last week, each team made a formal presentation of their plan, and they were graded on the quality of their plan and interprofessional collaboration.  Winners were announced Tuesday at a reception to congratulate all the students on their exceptional work.

The competition was modeled after a similar program at A. T. Still University, a partner in the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program grant from the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA).   Student professions included medicine, nursing, physical therapy, communication sciences and disorders, medical family therapy, social work, and public health.

Students enjoyed the challenge and opportunity to work with peers from other professions. One student enjoyed “the opportunity to really dig into a case from so many perspectives.”  Another found the competition “a safe environment to learn about other professionals and learn how to work on a team.”   Another student stated, ”I really enjoyed the case competition.  I thought it was a great opportunity to be exposed to other professions.”

Coordinators Dr. Milta Little and Dr. Helen Lach were impressed with the quality of the student’s work.  “These students had a range of experiences and knowledge and were creative and resourceful in addressing this patient’s problems” reports Lach.  Little further noted “this is what we want our students to do – take this geriatric experience and think about how they can use it in their future roles to become change agents and improve care for older adults.” They anticipate the competition will be an annual event, and will be moved to the fall next year.

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.