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$2 Million Grant Awarded to Strengthen Physician Training In Treating Geriatric Patients

Published November 2003

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has awarded a $2 million grant to the UC College of Medicine and the Health Alliance as part of a commitment to strengthen physicians' geriatrics training across the United States. From 62 applications, the Reynolds Foundation awarded 10 grants to academic health centers across the United States.

Under the guidance of Gregg Warshaw, MD, professor of family medicine at the UC College of Medicine, funding from the Reynolds Foundation will allow the UC College of Medicine and the Health Alliance to increase and improve the education and training of medical students, hospital residents and practicing physicians in geriatrics.

"We offer high quality geriatric training, but more can be done," said Dr. Warshaw. "With the funding from the Reynolds Foundation, we hope to do an even better job training our current and future doctors in treating older patients."

At the UC College of Medicine, new geriatric curriculum will be developed. Students will learn about geriatric medicine through a new enrichment program, new clinical experiences, elective courses and extra-curricular seminars geared towards treating geriatric patients.

Over 240 hospital residents at The Christ Hospital, The University Hospital and The Jewish Hospital will participate in the hospital residency portion of the grant. The geriatric residency training will teach hospital residents about the specialized needs of hospitalized geriatric patients through education about common geriatric medicine problems and simulated patient encounters. Residents in the areas of internal medicine, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, obstetrics and gynecology and family medicine will receive this training.

Another important part of the grant is community physician outreach training. A team of geriatrics experts will visit physicians at Alliance Primary Care, one of the Tristate's largest primary care physician groups, to help physicians strengthen their efforts in treating geriatric patients. Education will focus on common clinical problems seen in the elderly, including medication management; urinary incontinence; falls and injury; and dementia.

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