UCSF: To Create Geriatrics Center Of Excellence With Grant
The University of California-San Francisco, which has developed clinical, educational and research programs in aging for 20 years, recently received a $525,000 grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation designating it as a Center of Excellence in Geriatrics, the San Francisco Examiner reports. The grant "will help attract outstanding physicians into geriatrics," and allow the center "to develop a faculty to become leaders in the field," according to UCSF Chief of Geriatrics Dr. Seth Landefeld. The center hopes to "develop and implement new ways of caring for the needs of older adults, conduct clinical research and train physicians and medical students in geriatrics." In addition, the center "will begin funding research and education that may include UCSF's Institute on Health & Aging, the Center on Aging and UCSF's schools of nursing, pharmacy and dentistry." Landefeld, noting the potential for geriatric medicine leadership development at UCSF, said, "These leaders will improve the skills of doctors, nurses and other health care providers, who, at this time, are not geriatricians." The Examiner notes that UCSF has provided fellowships in geriatric medicine since the establishment of the UCSF Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine in 1978. The Hartford grant will allow the center "to add to the clinical training in research and education" (Steinberg, 3/21).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.