Cincinnati--The University of Cincinnati (UC) Office of Geriatric
Medicine has been chosen by the Association of Directors of Geriatric
Academic Programs (ADGAP) to research and develop a national database
called the Reynolds/ADGAP Longitudinal Study of Training and Practice in Geriatric Medicine.
ADGAP was awarded a two-year grant of $729,908 from the Donald W.
Reynolds Foundation and then chose UC to launch a project to develop a
first-of-its-kind, national database to document current activities of
geriatric education, training, research and practice and to track its
progress over time.
Gregg Warshaw, MD, director of the UC Office
of Geriatric Medicine and Martha Betty Semmons Professor of Geriatric
Medicine, and ADGAP submitted a proposal to the Donald W. Reynolds
Foundation to fund the database project. Warshaw will serve as the
principal investigator, working closely with Al Tuchfarber, PhD,
director of the UC Institute for Health Policy and Health Services
Research (IHPHSR) and his staff.
In order to provide sound
geriatric care, physicians and physicians-in-training must be properly
educated in the discipline. Until recently, very few people were
specifically trained in geriatrics. To date, there is no formal,
organized method of tracking or documenting the development of
geriatric training programs or who is actually receiving geriatric
"This documentation is important because there are
quite a few federal and state as well as foundation-based programs that
are providing funds to academic medical centers to build geriatric
education programs," Warshaw said. "These funding agencies need to know
what impact they are having: are more students receiving education in
geriatrics, are more residents considering fellowships in geriatrics
and are more faculty being recruited to medical schools to teach
The database will be based in and implemented by
IHPHSR on the Medical Center campus and will serve academic leaders in
geriatrics at every medical school across the nation. The project has a
national oversight committee with representation from the American
Medical Association, the American Association of Medical Colleges, the
National Institute on Aging and from key foundations in the field.
Warshaw and his staff, in collaboration with the committee, will help
define what information should be in the database, collect the data by
survey research and then integrate and combine it into one national
database located at UC.
"The exciting part of this project is
that we are finally going to have a way of looking at the full
experience around the country in geriatric education so we can document
the progress we are making," Warshaw said. "This is a great opportunity
for the UC Medical Center to be the home of this important new project."
said if the first phase of the project is successful, ADGAP will submit
a second grant proposal to Donald W. Reynolds for phase two of the
project. The goal of the second phase will be to build the longitudinal
part of the database so it can be updated regularly and have the
information publicly available via the Internet. The first phase is
concentrated just in geriatric medicine. In the second phase, Warshaw
hopes to be able to extend the database to other health disciplines
such as nursing or social work.