27th Annual Idaho Conference on Health Care
and 7th Annual Thomas Geriatric Health Symposium

Friday, October 31, 2014

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, a no-cost, interdisciplinary geriatric health symposium is held annually for students and clinicians in the rehabilitation sciences. The first symposium was held in December 2008 and focused on mental health. The second symposium took place on October 30, 2009 and the topic was "Balance and Fall Prevention." The 2010 symposium, held on October 29 focused on "Collaborative Care for Chronic Disease." The 2011 symposium centered on "Transitions of Care. The 2012 symposium centered on "Barriers to Community Participation." The 2013 symposium centered on "The Resilient Journey for Provider and Patients." This year's theme is "The Cutting Edge: Interprofessional Practice in Geriatrics"

Tentative Schedule

7th Annual Thomas Geriatric Symposium
The Cutting Edge: Interprofessional Practice in Geriatrics
October 31, 2014

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Check-in Pond Student Union Building (Ballroom) Meridian, room 697
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome
Pond Student Union Building (Ballroom)/ Meridian, room 697
Dr. Nancy Devine, Associate Dean, and Director of the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences
8:45 - 10:00 a.m. Keynote:
Pond Student Union (Ballroom)/ ISU Meridian, room 697
Dr. Hudgins IPE and IPP
10:00 - 10:15 a.m. 15 minute Break  
10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Case discussions/Follow-up/ Debrief with teams Dr. Hudgins IPE and IPP
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. LUNCH on your own  
1:00 - 2:15 p.m. IPE Case-based activity in interprofessional teams Dr. Nancy Fisher
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. BREAK  
2:30 - 3:15 p.m. IPE Case-based activity in interprofessional teams Dr. Hudgins IPE and IPP
3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Case Decisions/Follow-up/ Debrief with teams Dr. Hudgins IPE and IPP
3:45 - 4:00 p.m. Concluding Remarks Pond Student Union Building (Ballroom) Meridian, room 697


Gayle Hudgins

Gayle Hudgins, Pharm. D., CGP, is Professor and Director of Experiential Education at the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. She is a 1969 graduate of the University of Washington School of Pharmacy with a B.S. degree in Pharmacy and a 1976 graduate of Duquesne University with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She also completed a pharmacy practice residency at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Hudgins has specialized in geriatric pharmacy for over thirty years, with the majority of her teaching, service and scholarly activity having to do with the older adults. She has made numerous poster and platform presentations on geriatric and other topics, published on geriatric and teaching topics, and has served as a pharmacy consultant to long-term care facilities and a home health-hospice agency. She is principal investigator and director of the Montana Geriatric Education Center, which was started in July 2002, and most recently refunded for an additional 5 years in July 2010. In that capacity, she serves on the MTGEC Administrative Board, on the Continuing Education Advisory Committee and chairs the Student Clinical Training Coordinating Committee.

As Director of Experiential Education, she has established relationships with a large number of rural Montana health care institutions and providers. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Montana Office of Rural Health/Area Health Education Center, located on the Montana State University campus. She is also a faculty participant in the ImProving Health Among Rural Montanans (IPHARM) health screening project.

Dr. Nancy Fisher

Dr. Nancy L Fisher began her career as a Navy nurse, went on to earn a MD from Baylor College of Medicine, where she completed a pediatric residency. At the University of Washington, her education consisted of: the Robert Woods Johnson Clinical Scholars program earning a Master in Public Health, Clinical Genetics Fellowship, and Certificate in Health Care Ethics. She is a Clinical Associate of Pediatrics at the University of Washington and faculty member of the Public Health Genetics Institute. Her expertise in health care arises from her experience as a practicing clinician, academician, former CMO for Washington State Medicaid, health plan Medical director, and CMO at the WA State Health Care Authority. She has served on NQF, NCQA, and several national policy committees; founded the first genetics clinic in a health department, founding member of the American College of Medical Genetics, and active in local and state medical associations/societies. Dr. Fisher currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Region 10: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.