The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation: Next Steps in Physicians’ Training in Geriatrics Program

The “Next Steps in Physicians’ Training in Geriatrics Program” was developed by The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation in 2010 as a part of their Aging and Quality of Life program in response to a growing consensus that geriatric physicians are in high demand, but continue to be in short supply. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) Center for Aging & Health was selected as one of 10 national training sites to expand physician training in geriatrics. The UNC-CH Center for Aging & Health targeted training program is called the “Alliance for Geriatrics Education in Specialties” (AGES) and is aimed at specialties/subspecialties that commonly care for large numbers of older adults, but none of which currently require geriatrics’ proficiency. During 2011-2014, five specialties and subspecialties at UNC-CH– Emergency Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Hematology/Oncology, Trauma and Critical Care Surgery, and the Hospital Medicine service – including faculty, residents and fellows are being trained.

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