|Established in 1996 with the support from the John A. Hartford Foundation of New York, the Rush Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team Training Program (GITT) brings together trainees from 12 different disciplines to learn in both clinical and classroom settings the skills necessary to provide the best in collaborative care for older adults. The Rush GITT program is one of the few programs in the United States offering interdisciplinary educational experiences for trainees in advanced clinical training programs.
GITT team from the Neighborhood Family Practice of Pilsen, one of the Rush Program's participating clinical sites, visits a client in her home.
Participants in the Rush GITT program benefit from:
- Learning and practicing the interdisciplinary team principles and skills instrumental in providing the best care for patients
- Meeting trainees from other disciplines and learning and observing what roles they play in caring for patients
- Gaining the types of knowledge, skills and experience health care organizations value in recruiting professionals for today's changing health care industry
The program is made up of trainees from Rush Medical College, Rush College of Nursing, Rush College of Health Sciences and Loyola University Chicago Graduate School of Social Work.
Why is interdisciplinary team training important for health care professionals?
- A rapidly growing older population with complex medical and social needs demands a collaborative approach to care
- Financing, delivery, communication and management systems of health care are constantly changing. Clinicians need to understand and adapt to the changes that will influence them and their patients
- In an era of limited resources, clinicians from all disciplines are pressured and expected to accomplish more with less.
- The professional roles and responsibilities of all clinicians are evolving into a collaborative process for patient care.