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Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition

Fall 2021 Interprofessional Geriatric Virtual Case Competition

The Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gateway Workforce Enhancement Program concluded the 6th Annual Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. The annual competition was held virtually and included a collaboration with the North Star Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) at the University of Minnesota.

For the Saint Louis University competition, students and faculty from five universities were recruited to participate in the month-long interprofessional case competition, including: Saint Louis University, Maryville University, A.T. Still University School of Dentistry, Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, School of Pharmacy, Washington University School of Medicine and Department of Psychology. A total of 16 teams were comprised of students from medicine, occupation therapy, physical therapy, social work, medical family therapy, speech and language disorders, pharmacy, and dentistry.

Student teams included four to six health professions students and a volunteer faculty mentor coach on a geriatric-based case that focused on development of a care plan for an older patient with multiple, chronic health challenges, including COVID-19. The students created an innovative 20-minute presentation delivered live via Zoom. Teams of interprofessional faculty served as judges for the presentations.

Students had one month to prepare their presentations with the winning team at each university advancing to the inter-university round. The top three teams from the Saint Louis University semi-final round included:

  • First Place Winners: Bea Nottke (SLU Physical Therapy), Brittany Taylor (SLU Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences), Justin Shiau (SIU-Edwardsville Pharmacy), and Tate Pearson (A.T.S.U. School of Dentistry).  Their coach was Annie Harmon, Ph.D., assistant professor, geriatrics and nutritional science, Washington University.
  • Second Place Winners (Tie between two teams):
    • Gavin deFisser (SLU Medicine), Jessica Flakus (SLU Occupational Therapy), Sydney Phelan (SLU Physical Therapy), Brian Vu (A.T.S.U. Still School of Dentistry), Mary White (SLU Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences). Their coach was Cara Wallace, Ph.D., associate professor, School of Social Work, Saint Louis University.
    • Roman Fratesi (A.T.S.U. School of Dentistry), Panawat Sanprakhon (SLU Nursing), Kimberly Saunchgrow (SLU Social Work), Hannah Schumacher (SLU Physical Therapy), Elisabeth Vaughn (SLU Occupational Therapy). Their coach was Abigail Frech, graduate student in Doisy College of Health Sciences.

For the inter-university competition, the Saint Louis University team received the highest scores. The winning team was awarded a cash prize and each of the members of the top two teams received medallions for their participation.

The students enjoyed the experience and said they would recommend the competition to others. The interprofessional aspect was a highlight for everyone involved. In the evaluations completed after the event one student wrote, "Having such a diverse group of health professionals to work with for a comprehensive plan of care was amazing, it’s something that helps us recognize everyone’s contributions even before we graduate. Keeping the groups as diverse as possible is most beneficial."

View the Winning Team's Presentation

View the Second Place Team's Presentation

Fall 2020 Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition Winners Announced 

The Saint Louis University Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gateway Workforce Enhancement Program concluded the 6th Annual Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition on Monday, November 9, 2020. Due to the need for social distancing, the annual competition was transitioned to a virtual event. An additional new feature this year was a collaboration with the Minnesota Northstar Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) at the University of Minnesota. 

Students and faculty were recruited to participate in the month-long interprofessional case competition. A total of 26 teams were comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from medicine, nursing (BSN, DNP), occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, pharmacy, dentistry, public health, medical family therapy, speech language hearing sciences, and communication sciences and disorders. 

Student teams included three to five health professions students and a faculty mentor coach to collaborate on a geriatric-based case, which focused on development of a care plan for an older patient with multiple, chronic health challenges, including COVID-19. The students created an innovative 20-minute pre-recorded electronic case presentation. Teams of interprofessional faculty served as judges for the presentations.

Students had one month to prepare their recorded presentations with the top three teams at each university advancing to a local semi-final round. The top-rated team from each semi-final round competed via live zoom against the other university team. The winning team from the Saint Louis University semi-final round included: 

Alake Brown
Erin Dewberry  
John Hartman
Sydney Rosenthal
Andrea Weile

School of Social Work, M.S.W. student
 School of Social Work, M.S.W. student
School of Medicine, second year medical student
School of Medicine, second year medical student  
School of Social Work, M.S.W. student    

The SLU team was coached by Susan Elliot, ANP, from the Division of Geriatric Medicine. As winners of the semi-final rounds, the team received cash prizes. 

 For the inter-GWEP competition, the University of Minnesota student team received the highest scores. The winning team from the UMN included students: Emily Feye (nursing adult health/gerontological clinical nurse specialist); Katherine Tyeryar (speech-language pathology); Kelsi Johnson (occupational therapy); Kendra Bollig (occupational therapy), and coach Lizzie Choma, PT, DPT, GCS. The top team was awarded a cash prize and each of the members of the top two teams received medallions for their participation. 

Congratulations to the winning team and to all participants and thank you to the coaches and judges who generously devoted their time to the participants and competition.

Hear what students from the first Geriatric Case Competition had to say about their experience:

Student Comments

If you would like to conduct your own competition we have created a how-to manual which you can download.

Download the Manual

Videos of Winning Presentations from the Fall 2017 Competition