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Geriatric Emergency Education Course

GEMS provides practitioners at all levels with the skills and knowledge to address the unique medical, social, environmental and communications challenges of older adults. Developed by NAEMT, in partnership with the American Geriatrics Society, GEMS empowers EMS practitioners to help improve medical outcomes and quality of life for geriatric patients. 

GEMS features case-based lectures, live action video, hands-on skill stations, simulation and small group scenarios to fully engage students in the learning experience. GEMS covers the following topics:

  • Changes with age
  • Assessment of older adults
  • Pharmacology and medication toxicity
  • Psycho-social emergencies
  • Elder abuse
  • End-of-life care issues
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies
  • Trauma
  • Neurological emergencies and altered mental status
  • Mobile integrated healthcare
  • Special considerations for older adults in disaster response
  • Skin and wound care
  • Medical devices frequently used by older adults

The GEMS courses are appropriate for EMTs, paramedics, emergency medical responders, nurses, physician assistants and physicians. GEMS is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.

 

Click here to register for a course

 

UVA Health System employees please note:

Any employee who attends a class within 4 months of their planned departure from the UVA Health System will be required to pay his/her registration fee. 

Note: Registering for a course before the 4 month time frame does not waive the registration fee. 

Cancellation Policy

Students who cancel within ten business days of the date indicated on the registration form will forfeit the course registration fee.  UVA medical center employees cancelling within 10 business days will have their department billed for the course fees.  Substitutions may be permitted up to 5 business days prior to the course with the approval of the course coordinator.  No substitutions will be made after that time

VNA contact hours

13.25 contact hours for all AMLS courses.

University of Virginia Health System, Nursing Professional Development Services, is an approved provider of continuing education by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.  VNA # 16-03-02P