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Interprofessional Virtual Geriatrics Case

About the Program


The Interprofessional Virtual Geriatrics Case is a semesterlong collaborative experience for students from Social Work, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medicine. Supported by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, faculty and staff created a web-based case system to overcome barriers to interprofessional education. Through the case system, over 600 students collaborate each year to learn about team-based care.

The case system guides students in collaboration of managing an older adult through four episodes of care. In the case system, each profession receives discipline-specific information and enters a synthesis of this information into the case system. Students then use this information to answer questions individually. Once everyone has answered the individual questions, students collaborate to answer the same questions as a group with the support of an electronic message board.

Through this process, students learn about each other and how to work together to improve patient outcomes. This approach has been featured in a number of national forums, and the web-based case system is being used at several other academic institutions.

Key People

charles-alexander
Charles Alexander, M.A.

Education Coordinator
School of Medicine

Email: charles.alexander@vcuhealth.org

peter-boling
Peter Boling, M.D.


School of Medicine

Email: peter.boling@vcuhealth.org

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Alan W Dow, M.D., M.S.H.A.

Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care

School of Medicine

Alan Dow is Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at VCU. He directs the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at VCU and is responsible for developing, implementing, and studying initiatives in interprofessional education and collaborative practice across the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Allied Health, and Social Work, the VCU Health System, and the surrounding community. 

Email: alan.dow@vcuhealth.org

tracey-gendron
Tracey Gendron, M.S.G., Ph.D.


School of Medicine

Email: tlgendro@vcu.edu

sarah-hobgood
Sarah Hobgood, M.D.


School of Medicine

Email: sarah.hobgood@vcuhealth.org

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Bonita Hogue, L.C.S.W., C-SWHC

Clinical Social Worker
VCU Medical Center

Bonita Hogue is a licensed clinical social worker and social work manager at the VCU Health System. Ms. Hogue also serves as adjunct faculty in the VCU School of Social Work where she has taught courses in advance health policy, health practice, introduction to social work, and human behavior. She also teaches with the Virginia Geriatric Education Center with an interprofessional team of physicians, nurse practitioners, a pharmacist, physical and occupational therapist. 

Email: bhogue@mcvh-vcu.edu

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Kelly Lockeman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine

Kelly Lockeman joined VCU IPE in 2013 to coordinate evaluation efforts for the Center for Interprofessional Education. She has been engaged in research on outcomes of an interprofessional case conference for early learners, a virtual case activity and interprofessional critical care simulations for senior students, and development of a measure for self-efficacy on the IPEC competencies, as well as a number of other data analysis projects. 

Email: kslockeman@vcu.edu

pamela-parsons
Pamela Parsons, Ph.D., GNP-BC


School of Nursing

Email: pparsons@vcu.edu

emily-peron
Emily P Peron, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS, FASCP


School of Pharmacy

Email: epperon@vcu.edu

leland-waters
Leland "Bert" Waters, Ph.D.


School of Allied Health Professions

Email: lhwaters@vcu.edu