Creating Interprofessional Readiness for Complex & Aging Adults (CIRCAA) 

2021-2022 CIRCAA Brochure  

2022-2023 Application: Coming soon.

This interprofessional curriculum is guided by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) competencies, as well as discipline-specific competencies, and the Hartford Foundation’s “4Ms” Framework for age-friendly health systems. The program aims to improve care for complex older adults by enhancing the capacity of clinicians and educators to affect patients, learners, and team members.

The program includes hybrid monthly seminars (Zoom and in-person options available), two in-person retreats, independent study, an interprofessional practicum, and a capstone project. Monthly seminars consist of active learning and case-based discussions led by an interprofessional team of educators. 

Capstone Project

Learners (called Scholars) work with VGEC mentors and their fellow Scholars on a capstone project over the course of the program. Scholars work to develop, implement, and evaluate an interprofessional curricular or practice-based action plan of their own choosing, by incorporating the content and experience provided by the program. View past project presentations here: CIRCAA Capstone Project Poster Presentations


Learners participate in the Richmond Health and Wellness Program, an innovative, interprofessional care coordination and wellness clinic for older adults in low-income housing communities modeling age-friendly care.


  • Augment your ability to meet the needs of a complex, aging population
  • Learn core elements of clinical geriatrics
  • Gain the skills needed to foster team-based, gero-friendly initiatives in your workplace
  • Enhance your teaching, practice or research portfolio
  • Catalyze change within your clinical practice or education setting to better serve older adults
  • Strengthen your clinical practice and/or teaching efficacy
  • Develop research and evaluation skills
  • Expand your interprofessional network
  • Become an age-friendly resource for others on your campus or in your practice
  • Continuing Education credits will be offered (see accreditation information below for details).


• Attend at least 70% of the program and the Virginia Geriatrics Society’s annual meeting
• Develop, present, implement, and evaluate a Capstone Project
• Complete reading and assignments prior to prepare for each meeting
Cost: $250 Registration Fee (does not include retreat/conference hotel prices)


Three-hour monthly sessions will be held at VCU’s College of Health Professions; a virtual option will be provided. One-hour monthly Capstone Chats will be held virtually. Two in-person retreats will be held at hotel sites to be determined.


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  VCU Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 41.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  VCU Health designates this activity for a maximum of 41.25 ANCC contact hours. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity provides 41.25 contact hours (.4125 CEUs) of continuing education credit. ACPE Universal Activity Number (UAN): JA4008237-0000-21-100-L04-P

NOTE FOR PHARMACISTS: Upon closing of the online evaluation, VCU Health CE will upload the pharmacy related continuing education information to CPE Monitor within 60 days. Per ACPE rules, VCU Health CE does not have access nor the ability to upload credits requested after the evaluation closes. It is the responsibility of the pharmacist or pharmacy technician to provide the correct information [NABP ePID and DOB (in MMDD format)] in order to receive credit for participating in a CE activity.

APA Icon 41.25 CE credits will be awarded for psychologists attending the entire program. Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibly for the content of the programs.
ASWB Icon As a Jointly Accredited Organization, VCU Health is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.  Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. VCU Health maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 41.25 continuing education credits.

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2021-2022 Tentative Agenda

September 17, 2021
Introduction to age-friendly health systems
Individuation: The geriatric imperative

October 15-16, 2021
In-Person Retreat
Team functionality and assessment
Project design and management for curriculum
development and practice change
Evolving case studies

November 19, 2021
What matters most to the patient
Social determinants of health and health equity
The Richmond Health and Wellness Program
Community resources

December 10, 2021
Advance care planning
Prognostication and goal setting
Medications and deprescribing

January 21-22, 2022
In-Person Retreat
Cognitive function (the 4 Ds)
Dementia caregiving and habilitation therapy
Music and memory
Community resources for mentation

February 18, 2022
Mobility: falls and movement
Assistive devices
Medication management

March 18, 2022
Health policy
Care transitions
Emergency preparedness

April 22, 2022
Loneliness and social isolation
Caring for older adults in rural settings
Oral health
Evaluating social determinants of health

May 20, 2022
Family caregiving
Cultural sensitivity in practice
Abuse and neglect

June 17, 2022
In-Person Capstone Project Presentations

Monthly hybrid sessions will be held on Fridays from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the VCU College of Health Professions; a virtual option will be provided.

There will be monthly, one-hour Capstone Chats held virtually to mentor Scholars through their Capstone Project development.

The two retreats will be held in-person only; Friday from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Locations TBD.

Funding for this program is provided by the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Department of Health and Human Services under Grant No. U1QHP28744.