Many older adults may not have the opportunity to build a connection with a young adult. At the same time, health professional students in their first 1-2 years of clinical training may not have many clinical interactions with older adult patients. The team at CU Anschutz, led by the CU Anschutz Multidisciplinary Center on Aging, hosts an outreach program where students from either the CU Anschutz School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy, College of Nursing and School of Dental Medicine programs will pair with a community older adult to have weekly to bi-monthly social phone calls with each other to build a connection of mentorship.
“I am going to go into geriatrics. I feel strongly about that because of this class, and ageism that I have experienced with older family members seeing their doctors.”
COAST-IT, CU Anschutz Skaggs School of Pharmacy Student, 2023