Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program

The Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program (GGEAR) is a state funded program located in the Office of Academic Affairs GGEAR.   Initiated in 1987, the program was developed in order to better prepare Maryland's health care professionals to care for frail, older individuals and to sponsor research projects which will ultimately produce improved interventions on behalf of this population.

In order to promote this overall mission, GGEAR regularly sponsors educational outreach programs for health care professionals, health professional students and caregivers throughout the State of Maryland. GGEAR supports opportunities for interprofessional research among faculty at the University of Maryland in partnership with the Center for Research on Aging.    

GGEAR is a partner in the Johns Hopkins Geriatric Education Center Consortium, The Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center and the Mental Health Association of Maryland. 

As a result of the partnership with the GECC, GGEAR has developed a website, Geri-Ed Programs at the University of Maryland, which has a series of learning modules, videos on geriatric care, links to assessment tools and geriatric resources.

The Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team (GAIT) program is an interprofessional training program for University System of Maryland students interested in gerontology and geriatrics. The program is implemented by the Eastern Shore and Western Maryland Area Health Education Centers and is funded by the University System of Maryland (USM) USM students are introduced to the comprehensive geriatric assessment and the fundamentals of interprofessional collaboration through both didactic and clinical sessions. A variety of sites are used throughout Western Maryland and the Eastern Shore. Each site is chosen because it emphasizes the benefits of interprofessional collaboration in caring for frail older individuals.


Reba Cornman 410-706-4327,

Terri Socha, GAIT Coordinator, Western Maryland Area Health Education Center: 301-777-9150x107,

Lisa Widmaier, GAIT Coordinator, Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center, 410-221-2600,

Geriatric interest Group/Student Chapter of the American Geriatrics Society

GGEAR in partnership with UMB faculty and students plans and provides monthly luncheon and lectures on geriatric-clinical topics.  In addition, the student group meets at least once a year with its Johns Hopkins University counterparts.  Contact:  Reba Cornman,

Gero Skills Workshops 
Half day programs offered twice a year, which allow students to interact with faculty in small group sessions regarding important clinical assessment tools. For further information, contact Reba Cornman,