The Rush GITT curriculum consists of 10 weekly didactic sessions each academic quarter coupled with placement in clinical settings which offer interdisciplinary practice opportunities. The 10 sessions focus on such topics as:
- Building team skills and techniques
- Successfully managing communications and conflict in teams
- Ethical issues in interdisciplinary teams
- Insuring the involvement of patients and families as members of the interdisciplinary team
- Other issues of importance to patient care management and collaboration.
Presentations are facilitated by faculty from Rush University and Loyola University Graduate School of Social Work.
The clinical component of GITT is offered in a variety of health care settings including in-patient rehabilitation services , primary care clinics, day care, and home health care and hospice. At these clinical settings, GITT trainees are given opportunities to visit with and assess patients, advise on current patient problems and needs, and participate in interdisciplinary team meetings.
Organizations currently serving as clinical placements in GITT include the following:
Chicago Reach - A day care program operated under the auspices of the PACE Program (Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly) serving older adults in Chicago's west side community.
Neighborhood Family Practice of Pilsen - a primary care medical practice serving residents of a largely Hispanic population. Clinical opportunities include weekly team meetings, patient home visits and team health care screenings at a neighborhood senior center.
Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center - an assessment and treatment program engaged in patient assessment, treatment and disease research.
Rush Home Care Network - a home care agency offering patient visit opportunities throughout Chicago and weekly team meetings.
Rush Hospice Partners - an outpatient hospice program offering weekly team meetings and patient home visits.
Rush North Shore Hospital - a community hospital offering both inpatient and outpatient opportunities in mental health and skilled nursing home care
St. Vincent de Paul - a community based organization-offering housing, day care, home care and other services to older adults.