December 5, 2008
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New grant will establish geriatrics education program at TCOM

Recently, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation board of trustees approved 10 grants, totaling almost $20 million, to strengthen physician's geriatrics training across the United States.  The UNT Health Science Center was awarded almost $2 million for a program led by Janice Knebl, DO, professor of Internal Medicine and Endowed Chair of Geriatrics, who will develop the Reynolds Geriatric Education and Training in Texas (GET-IT) program.  GET-IT will focus heavily on establishing geriatrics faculty development for rural osteopathic faculty and implementing geriatrics continuing medical education programs for practicing physicians through the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The grants from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation will support comprehensive projects in academic health centers to train medical students, residents and practicing physicians in geriatrics.

"The Reynolds Foundation has now committed almost $80 million under this initiative,” said Fred W. Smith, chairman of the Foundation's board of trustees.  “The Foundation's goal is to improve the quality of health care for elderly people across America by preparing physicians to address their special needs.  The trustees and I are proud of the work that the Foundation's grantees have conducted thus far and look forward to the accomplishments of this new group of exciting projects.”

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 the daily life and lessen their independence. 

Forty-eight academic health centers applied for grants in response to a call for proposals from the Foundation in November 2007.  With the assistance of a panel of geriatrics experts, 10 were chosen.

The institutions selected and grant amounts are as follows:

  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C. - $2,000,000
  • University of Alabama, Birmingham, Ala. - $2,000,000
  • University of California, Irvine, Calif. - $1,999,994
  • University of Massachusetts, Worcester, Mass. - $1,983,066
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, N.J. - $1,998,421
  • University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, Texas - $1,998,504
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa. - $1,939,517
  • University of Texas, Houston, Houston, Texas - $2,000,000
  • University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas - $1,994,480
  • Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C. - $1,994,741
The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named.  Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., it is one of the largest private foundations in the United States. UNTHSC logo

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