The Program in Geriatrics has been awarded a $2-million, four-year grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to strengthen the education of UC Irvine's School of Medicine medical students and residents in the care of older adults and to ensure that our graduates meet national guidelines in geriatric patient care. The proposal was developed in partnership with Educational Affairs at the UC Irvine School of Medicine.
To improve medical care for all older adults touched by our graduates and others who utilize our materials, the University of California, Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine Reynolds Program will focus on a “Return to the Patient- Doctor Relationship (PDR).” Compassionate, patient-centered care is taught through a triad of subthemes: health literacy, communication skills, and medical decision making.
To accomplish this, we will meet and exceed national standards for education. One of our benchmarks is to ensure proficiency in the AAMC geriatric competencies for medical students, residents and practicing physicians throughout UC Irvine School of Medicine.
Faculty from numerous departments have committed to the development and implementation of geriatrics into their graduate and undergraduate education. These include: Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Family Medicine, Cardiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Dermatology, and the renowned Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (MIND).
National consultants and collaborators to UC Irvine include the following:
Florida State University - Geriatricians from FSU are advising our program in the development of implementation of AAMC competencies in Geriatric Medicine in our medical education curriculum.
University of Arizona - Faculty from U of A have served as consultants for our grant proposal and geriatric curriculum, especially Health Literacy.
University of New Mexico - UC Irvine and UNM are collaborating on a new program to incorporate Motivational Interviewing into our clinical curriculum, with a unique emphasis on care of older patients.
Cornell University - A strong leader in teaching humanities in medical education, Cornell faculty are working with UC Irvine’s Humanities and Geriatric programs to enhance the humanities education in geriatric medicine.