June 07, 2013
The Landon Center on Aging at the University of Kansas Medical Center has received a $ 1 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to help improve the ability of medical students, resident physicians, and faculty to work with professionals in other health disciplines in teams to provide better care for older adult patients. The four-year "Next Steps in Physicians' Training in Geriatrics, II" grant will build on the Landon Center's original 2006 Reynolds Foundation funding that established the Kansas Reynolds Program in Aging. KU Medical Center has strong institutional support and broad organizational commitment for the new program, including a match exceeding the $ 1 million in funding available from the Reynolds Foundation.
The program will provide geriatrics training to all KU School of Medicine students; all family medicine and internal medicine resident physicians; many of the undergraduate students in the School of Nursing; and graduate students in the Schools of Nursing, Health Professions, Social Welfare, Pharmacy and Law.
"This program is allowing our institution to progress beyond silo-based geriatric health care education to a focus on interprofessional team-coordinated care," says Daniel Swagerty, M.D., MPH, Associate Chair for Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Department of Family Medicine and Associate Director for Education, Landon Center on Aging. Dr Swagerty is director of the Kansas Reynolds Program in Aging and will serve as principal investigator on the Reynolds Foundation grant.
KU Medical Center is one of 10 institutions nationwide to be awarded the "Next Steps in Physicians' Training in Geriatrics, II" grant in July, 2013. Initial funding from the Reynolds Foundation enabled the KU School of Medicine to significantly improve the quality of geriatric medical education provided their medical students and resident physicians through various educational innovations such as standardized patients and web-based instruction.
"We are confident that the new funding from the Reynolds Foundation grant will improve not only the quality of interprofessional geriatric education at KU Medical Center, but more importantly, the quality of care provided to our older adult patients," Swagerty says.
The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954. The Aging and Quality of Life program was conceived by the Foundation in response to a growing consensus that physicians lack adequate training to meet the increasing needs of the frail elderly patient. Such patients typically suffer from multiple, interactive physical and psychosocial conditions - both acute and chronic - that compromise their capacity to function in daily life and lessen their independence.
Co-investigators on the grant are Tomas Griebling, M.D., MPH, Professor and Vice-Chair of Urologic Surgery, and Giulia Bonaminio, Ph.D., Research Professor of Family Medicine and Associate Dean for Medical Education.