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The Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center (RIGEC)

at the University of Rhode Island


Based at the University of Rhode Island, RIGEC brings together partners from three Rhode Island institutions of higher education, a community-owned healthcare organization, a community outreach and education program, and a community-base, all-inclusive primary care and in-home care agency. Our consortium members include:

University of Rhode Island:
College of Human Science and Services
College of Nursing
College of Pharmacy
Program in Gerontology

Rhode Island College:
School of Social Work
School of Nursing

Roger Williams Medical Center

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Rhode Island Area Health Education Center (riAHEC):

Northern RI AHEC

PACE Organization of Rhode Island

RIGEC is part of a national network of geriatric education centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Under the direction of Dr. Phillip G. Clark, RIGEC has had federal funding since 1996.

Projects supported under Geriatric Education Center (GEC) grants must address five core GEC purposes:

  1. Improve the training of health professionals in geriatrics,
  2. Develop and disseminate curricula relating to the treatment of the health problems of elderly individuals,
  3. Support training and retraining of faculty to provide instruction in geriatrics,
  4. Support continuing education of health professionals who provide geriatric care, and
  5. Provide students with clinical training in geriatrics in nursing homes, chronic and acute disease hospitals, ambulatory care centers, and senior centers.


Workshop 4: Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias: Difficult Conversations across the Spectrum - April 7, 2014

Workshop 5: Title TBD - June 2, 2014

Go to Program Calendar.


2014 Thewlis Lecture on Gerontology and Geriatrics:

Couldn't attend the Thewlis Lecture?
Watch it on your computer anytime via Livestream!

(Audio kicks in at 13:53, during Dr. Clark's intro)