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Release: May 15, 2001
UI receives $2 million grant to strengthen geriatric education
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa has received a $2 million, four-year
grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to strengthen geriatric education
and training at the UI College of Medicine.
The effort, which will begin July 1, will draw on the collaborative strengths
of the UI departments of internal medicine and family medicine.
Nationally, Iowa has the third highest proportion of citizens over age 65
and the highest proportion of citizens over 85. Nearly 55 percent of the state's
elderly live in rural locations, posing significant challenges to health care
"As the state's only allopathic medical school, the University of Iowa
College of Medicine bears a substantial responsibility to develop timely solutions
to these challenges," said Gary Rosenthal, M.D., UI associate professor
and director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and principal investigator
of the new educational effort.
Rosenthal said the grant will support the development of innovative instructional
activities that will be targeted to different groups of learners, including
medical students, residents and community-based physicians.
To support these educational goals, the grant, in conjunction with UI funds,
will create endowed professorships so that UI professors with expertise in
geriatrics have the time and resources to concentrate on teaching and serve
as role models.
Additional program efforts include developing clinical venues for teaching
multi-disciplinary geriatric management and providing online a Geriatric Virtual
Hospital with digitized lectures and Web-based support aids.
"The grant will allow us to capitalize on a tradition of innovation
in curriculum, strong links to Iowa's medical community and nationally renowned
programs in distance learning," Rosenthal said. "A major factor
in the success of our proposal was the commitment to geriatrics by the dean
of the UI College of Medicine, Dr. Robert P. Kelch."
"This award puts the University of Iowa among an elite group of institutions
nationally and at the forefront of efforts to improve geriatric education,"
In addition to Rosenthal, Gerald Jogerst, M.D., UI associate professor of
family medicine, will serve as co-principal investigator for the new educational
"The award will build on a talented UI geriatric faculty and allow
us to develop new educational programs that ultimately will improve the care
of Iowa's frail elderly," Jogerst said.
The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization
founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Reynolds
was the founder and principal owner of the Donrey Media Group. When he died
in 1993, the company included over 70 businesses, the majority of which were
in the communications and media field. The sale of the Donrey Media Group
in 1993 provided for the foundation's endowment. Headquartered in Las Vegas,
it is one of the largest private foundations in the United States.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.