Frequently Asked Questions


1) If I am accepted, can I change my project?

Leaders are strongly encouraged to complete their projects as proposed. Under extenuating circumstances, the NPO will consider an alternative project.

2) If a Leader’s project utilizes a program that already has an evidence base, can they use the data measures that have already been developed?

Yes, particularly if they are relevant and the home institution leaders are compelled by these measures to support the program or service line.

3) Do the terms "geriatric service line" and "program" include interventions that may be embedded in existing practice, such as clinical tools and strategies used by clinicians, or do they refer to projects that are add-ons, and may require new staff?

Please interpret terms such as "program" or "service line" in a broad context. Either of these approaches would be acceptable.

4) Are there any additional guidelines applicants should keep in mind when thinking about their projects?

The proposed project should have measurable outcomes, either in terms of how it helped improve the health of older individuals or the cost savings. Projects should not be so unique that they help the individual organization but are irrelevant to outside institutions.

5) Should the projects require human subjects/institutional review board approval?

No. The projects are intended to be quality improvement oriented rather than traditional research in which case approval would not be required. Fellows who wish to publish their results in peer-reviewed journals (not required by the program) may consider getting approval prior to initiating their projects.

6) Are there any requirements regarding whether the project provides direct care versus one that trains people to provide that care?

These should be front line projects, directly affecting the health and health care of older adults. Projects that primarily aim to provide educational services to clinicians are not a strong fit for this program. However, models that secondarily incorporate an educational component into a broader program aimed at creating systems-level change would be appropriate.

7) What services would be considered as a "geriatric service line" or "aging program"?

Services are not limited to hospitals or clinics. The selection committee will consider a broad array of services affecting the health of older adults. These could include acute, long term, and home care in addition to health promotion, prevention, or end of life care. Projects that are directed primarily at social services rather than health or health care services would not be competitive.

8) Does the project have to be an existing project?

Yes. Because the PCL program lasts for only one year, the applicant needs to work from an existing project

9) Should I try to keep the project to something that I can complete within a year vs. a more global project?

We encourage you to work from a project that can produce tangible and meaningful results within a year. If your project is a part of a larger initiative it would be useful to provide this context in your proposal. You might also choose to discuss (in broad terms) your plans for what you might do at the conclusion of your project (expand the scope of the project, replicate or disseminate within or outside your organization)

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