Reynolds Foundation Awards $20 Million for Geriatrics Training

The Las Vegas-based has announced ten grants totaling nearly $20 million to strengthen geriatrics training for physicians across the United States.

Awarded through the foundation's program, the grants will support comprehensive projects at academic health centers designed to train medical students, residents, and practicing physicians in geriatrics. The program was launched in 1996 in response to a growing consensus that physicians lack adequate training to meet the needs of frail, elderly patients, who often suffer from multiple, interactive physical and psychosocial conditions.

Academic health centers slated to receive roughly $2 million each include the Medical University of South Carolina; the University of Alabama, Birmingham; the University of California, Irvine; the University of Massachusetts; the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's School of Osteopathic Medicine; the University of North Texas Health Science Center; the University of Pennsylvania; the University of Texas, Houston; the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center; and Wake Forest University.

"The Reynolds Foundation has now committed almost $80 million under this initiative," said Fred W. Smith, chairman of the foundation. "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."

"." Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Press Release 11/10/2008.