Effective teaching of geriatric concepts and syndromes in the medical profession has been a challenge to the field of geriatrics. The need for more widespread and effective teaching about older adult care is just as great for all the other health professions.
Based on our goal of advancing meaningful interprofessional geriatric medical education and practice at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), The Kansas Reynolds Program in Aging Next Steps in Physicians Training in Geriatrics strives to significantly improve the ability of our medical students, resident physicians, and faculty to work with other health disciplines in teams to provide better care for older patients.
This project enables our institution to bring innovative approaches and outstanding skills in collaborative team building to the endeavor; addressing a major gap in geriatrics education, mainly training physicians to work effectively with professionals from other health disciplines in teams to optimize the quality of health care for older adults. We are also undertaking a major effort at our institution to improve not only the quality of interprofessional geriatric education provided our learners, but more importantly, the quality of care provided our older adult patients. This significantly impacts our academic health center by reaching all our medical students; all our Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residents physicians; many of the undergraduate nursing students; and graduate learners in the Schools of Nursing, Health Professions, Social Welfare, Pharmacy and Law; as well as the faculty of our four schools of health professions and the Schools of Social Welfare and Law.
With the support of the Reynolds Foundation Next Steps award, we are creating an exciting new national model for training medical students and resident physicians to optimize the quality of health care for vulnerable older adults through team-based care.