The University Record, May 21, 2001

Geriatrics Center to use $2 million grant for training program

By Kara Gavin
Health System Public Relations

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation recently awarded the Geriatrics Center a four-year, $1,999,161 grant. The grant will enable the geriatrics fellowship training and research program to substantially strengthen its efforts to train physicians to address the health care needs of an exponentially growing elderly population.

With the grant and substantial matching support from the U-M Medical School, the Geriatrics Center will provide every graduating medical student and physicians who complete residency or fellowship training at the U-M with a meaningful educational experience in geriatrics.

“This award will move us to the leading edge of physician education in geriatrics at a time when advances in geriatrics are desperately needed,” said Jeffrey B. Halter, director of the Geriatrics Center and professor of internal medicine.

In addition to developing and establishing new mandatory clinical experiences, the grant will allow the U-M to require each medical student and participating resident to complete a Web-based geriatrics portfolio to gain and demonstrate competence in geriatrics. Meanwhile, faculty will be trained to develop new geriatrics training programs in such medical and surgical specialties as rheumatology, nephrology, obstetrics/gynecology and emergency medicine. All 671 medical students and at least 140 residents are expected to participate.

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Reynolds was the founder and principal owner of the Donrey Media Group.

Founded in 1987, the Geriatrics Center is the umbrella organization for geriatrics research, education and patient care at the Health System. The U-M’s program in geriatric medicine ranked in the top 10 of graduate programs in the field, according to a survey released in March by U.S. News and World Report magazine.