Geriatric Leadership Scholar Program

The Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) provides the opportunity for faculty members to be selected to participate in the Geriatric Leadership Scholars Program.

This initiative is aimed at developing competent gerontology faculty who have the skills to teach and assess students and is key to improving future care for older adults.

To develop health care faculty with expertise in geriatrics and gerontology, the Geriatric Leadership Scholars Program provides support for three health care faculty to enhance their geriatric knowledge and skills. Scholars participate in and lead GWEP education events. Each of the scholars is paired with a Gateway GEC faculty mentor who works with the scholar throughout the year to address teaching, research and program development issues.

2017-2018 Geriatric Leadership Scholar Program

Developing competent faculty in gerontology who have the skills to teach and assess students is key to improving future care for older adults. To develop health care faculty with expertise in geriatrics, the Geriatric Leadership Scholars Program (GLS) will provide support for one year to a maximum of three junior health care faculty to enhance their geriatric knowledge and skills, including salary support for a minimum of two months/year, mentorship and professional education through the host institution.

Each scholar will work with students in the GWEP Clinical Training programs, develop leadership skills and be exposed to a year-long lecture series and continuing education offerings. Each scholar’s experience will be tailored to meet her or his needs for professional development.

Application Process

Scholars will be involved in developing and delivering clinical geriatric education specific to her/his discipline to students, primary care professionals and patients and their caregivers. This program will be open to junior health care faculty throughout Missouri.

Successful applicants will be chosen based on their curriculum vitae and a letter of application outlining their goals for applying for the support. Preference will be given to applicants who will increase the diversity of the workforce and who work in medically underserved areas.

The selection committee will include the dean or dean’s designee from the Saint Louis University schools of medicine, nursing, allied health, and public health, and project and co-project Directors. Applicants will be provided with the following information:


Canidates should be health professionals from any Missouri university who are responsible for teaching/training related to primary care. They should have: 

  • Interest in geriatrics and demonstrated effort or interest in developing expertise
  • Discipline-specific clinical experience.
  • Support from their home institution (be able to commit to the equivalent of the salary recovery award to work on scholar-related activities)


  • $30,000/year salary support and travel funds for national conference (American Medical Directors Association)
  • Participation in GEC GWEP-sponsored educational events and mentor in discipline
  • Development of clinical geriatric education


Application Due Date: March 15, 2017
Selection/Notification Date: March 31, 2017
Start Date: July 1, 2017


Submit the following materials in a single PDF to Dr. Marla Berg-Weger, Saint Louis University Gateway Geriatric Education Center;

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Background/area of scholarship
  • Interest and reasons for interest in this program
  • Letter from your department chair or director indicating support and time allocated for participation

For more information, contact us at 314-977-2151 or

GWEP Acknowledgment/Disclaimer

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1QHP28716 Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program for $843,079. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Este proyecto es apoyado por la Administración de Recursos y Servicios de Salud ( HRSA ) del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (HHS) de Estados Unidos bajo el número de concesión Programa de Mejoramiento de la Fuerza Laboral U1QHP28716 Geriatría de 843.079 dólares . Esta información o contenido y las conclusiones son las del autor y no deben interpretarse como la posición o la política del funcionario , ni debe inferirse cualquier endoso por HRSA , el HHS , o del Gobierno de Estados Unidos.