Clinician Partners Program


The Clinician Partner's Program (CPP) is part of the Knight ADRC's Rural Educational Outreach Initiative funded by the National Institute on Aging (P50-AG05681). The CPP is structured as a 2.5-day "mini-residency" for health professionals who serve older adults living in rural areas of Missouri and Saint Louis metro-adjacent Illinois. The primary goal of the CPP is to enhance local 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.


Clinicians may take part in this program pursuant to a self-nomination or one made by a local organization, colleague, or authority. A select group of 10 clinicians will be invited to come to the Washington University ADRC each year for an all-expense-paid training experience. Clinicians receive travel, meals, accomodations, and 17-20 hours of continuing medical education credit (CME documentation provided upon acceptance). This program is open to clinicians who provide, as the largest portion of their clinical practice, primary care to older adults residing in rural or semi-rural areas of Missouri and (based on availability) surrounding states. Physicians, advanced practice nurses and physician's assistants are the primary target groups for this program. Registered nurses, psychologists and social workers may also be considered.

The CPP program includes:

Didactic sessions on:

-Early Detection, Diagnostic Guidelines, Genetics, and Research
-Differential Diagnosis
-Driving & Dementia
-Sharing Diagnostic Information with Patients and Families
-Treating the AD Patient: Disclosure, Early Intervention, and Rx
-Stress, Safety, and Managing Challenging Behaviors
-Resources for Working with Caregivers
-Legal Issues in Dementia Care

Brain cutting and neuropathologic review

Case study session, networking and discussion

Observation of clinical assessments using Clinical Dementia Rating Scale and AD8

Attendance is free and clinician partners receive:

-3-night paid hotel accomodations
-Reimbursement for travel
-Reimbursement for dinner, and other meals provided
-17-20 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit
-Resource materials


Nominations for the program are accepted on a rolling basis until the program spaces are filled. If you are interested in attending, please email to add your name to the contact list.


Download a sample training schedule

Download sample invitation

Download the CPP Application (rural clinicians from Missouri and metro-adjacent Illinois may apply)


E-mail questions about our professional training programs to Jennifer Phillips or call (314) 286-2882.