December 16th, 2000

John Vallandingham, R.Ph., a pharmacist with Great River Health System's Heritage Partners Pharmacy, recently completed the Eli Lilly and Company/American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) Geropsych/Behavioral Disorder Traineeship. The 10 traineeship participants were selected in a competitive application process from the United States and Canada.

The Geropsych/Behavioral Disorder Traineeship was conducted at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. McLean Hospital serves as the psychiatric training facility for Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Medical School. The preceptors for the program are distinguished Harvard faculty members.

Participants were trained in multiple aspects of psychiatric and functional assessment of geriatric patients. This assessment training included depression, mental status and assessment of movement disorders.

"The traineeship participants have had more exposure to the assessment process, especially related to geriatrics, than almost any other health-care professional," said program coordinator Stephen Feldman, R.Ph., F.A.S.C.P., Harvard Medical School. "These participants should be viewed in their respective practice communities as geriatric psychiatric specialists."

Vallandingham and the other participants worked with a multidisciplinary team composed of psychiatrists, psychologists and neurologists to develop both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment plans for patients with a variety of psychiatric and behavioral disorders.