The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation in Las Vegas has announced grants totaling nearly $10 million to institutions working to strengthen comprehensive geriatrics training in the United States.
The grants, which represent the second and final round of awards made through the Next Steps in Physicians' Training in Geriatrics initiative, will support programs focused on one of two areas: geriatrics training for physicians who are surgical and medical specialists or hospitalists; and improving the ability of physicians to work with other health disciplines in teams to provide better care for older patients. The Next Steps initiative supported a select group of medical schools that had already completed foundation-funded projects designed to prepare physicians to care for the elderly.
Grant recipients include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard University ($1 million); Brown Alpert Medical School ($1 million); Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine ($998,895); the University of Arizona School of Medicine ($1 million); the University of California, San Francisco ($1 million); the University of Kansas School of Medicine ($1 million); the University of North Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine ($999,857); the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center ($1 million); the University of Utah School of Medicine ($1 million); and Wake Forest University School of Medicine ($999,979).
"The foundation's goal is to improve the quality of health care for elderly people across America by teaching physicians and other healthcare providers to address their special needs," said Reynolds Foundation board chair Fred W. Smith. "The trustees and I are impressed by the work that the foundation's grantees have conducted thus far. We look forward to the accomplishments of this new group of exciting projects."