Clinician Partners Program Website
The Clinician Partners Program (CPP) is a 2.5-day mini-residency for health professionals who provide, as the largest portion of their clinical practice, primary care to older adults residing in rural or semi-rural areas of Missouri. The program is also open to clinicians from surrounding states, based on space availability. It is offered at Washington University through the Rural Educational Outreach Initiative of the Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC).
The primary goal of the program is to enhance dementia-related diagnosis and care by educating a select group of clinicians in up-to-date diagnostic and treatment techniques. An important emphasis of the CPP is early detection and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and related issues such as driving and dementia, caregiver resources, and legal issues in dementia care. Clinicians also learn about the Knight ADRC and consideration of clinical trials as part of a patient’s treatment plan.
Ten clinicians are selected from nominations (made by themselves or by a local organization, colleague, or authority) for the all-expenses-paid training experience, which is offered annually. Physicians, advanced practice nurses, and physician’s assistants are the primary target groups for this program. Registered nurses, psychologists, and social workers may also apply. Participating clinicians receive 17-20 hours of continuing medical education credit.