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At the July 13, 2015 White House Conference on Aging, Health and Human Service, Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the more $35 million in awards distributed to a U.S. medical education intuitions in order to support quality care for elderly Americans through the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program. 

Three of AACOM's member colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) were among the 44 organizations chosen to receive funding:

  • The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
  • The Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM)
  • The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC-TCOM)

Each of the institutions awarded grants was charged with identifying specific interprofessional geriatrics education and training needs in their communities and developing programs to meet those needs.

The goal of the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program is to prepare the health care workforce to respond to the needs associated with the large (and growing) demographic of American baby boomers reaching advanced age. The program works toward this goal by changing clinical training environments to better integrate geriatric care, training physicians and nurses to properly assess and address the unique health care needs of adults of advanced age, and developing community-based health care programs to better serve the communities in which elderly citizens reside.

Visit the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program web page to learn more.

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July/August 2015
Vol. 9, No. 7/8