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TTUHSC Reynolds Aging & Quality of Life Project

The Reynolds Foundation grant places the Health Sciences Center School of Medicine on the cutting edge of training in geriatrics.

Aging and Quality of Life in the Southwest

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center leadership has identified aging as one of five strategic priorities for the 21st century. By 2020 in Texas, one in five will be older than age 60 and the oldest-old population, 80 plus, will increase by 179 percent. More than 80 percent of those 65 and older will have at least one chronic condition.

"This prestigious grant will bring expertise in geriatrics and care of aging West Texans to physicians at all levels, from medical students, to residents and fellows, to faculty and community physicians."
Lynn Bickley, M.D.
Associate Dean for Curriculum
Professor of Medicine

About the Program

In May of 2006, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation awarded the Health Sciences Center School of Medicine a grant for $1,999,947 for the proposed project, Aging and Quality of Life in the Southwest: A Comprehensive Competency-Based Program to Strengthen Physicians' Training in Geriatrics. The grant, which was one of 10 grant awards totaling $20 million, supported comprehensive projects in academic health centers to train medical students, residents and practicing physicians in geriatrics.

Hallmarks

The Reynolds Grant provided a comprehensive training program, beginning with a required Geriatrics Track in our four-year undergraduate curriculum to teach the knowledge, skill and attitudes required to care for senior citizens.  An innovative geriatrics practice for primary care residents in internal and family medicine as well as neuropsychiatry was also implemented. Additional innovations included  twice-monthly geriatrics podcasts for residents and practicing physicians and geriatrics training for medical and surgical specialties directed to residents, fellows and faculty, beginning with the departments of surgery and orthopaedics. Finally, the project established a Geriatrics Faculty Development Program to provide new training formats for faculty and practicing physicians.

For more information, please contact:

Name Contact Information
Monique M. Willims, M.D., MSCI 806.743.3155
TTUHSC Internal Medicine Medicine
Geriatrics Division
3601 4th Street STOP 9410
Lubbock, TX 79430
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