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Grant Will Help Fund Geriatric Training

January 27th, 2011

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The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has awarded the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine (SM) a grant totaling nearly $1 million. Students who are pursuing nursing degrees at the institution will benefit from the money, which will fund geriatric training initiatives.

Early in their education, individuals who are enrolled in VCU medical programs will be introduced to the field of geriatric care, and learn the importance of working in teams that are comprised of students from multiple disciplines.

During their senior year, all medical students will collaborate in small groups in a virtual classroom to complete a capstone practicum. Classmates from a variety of VCU disciplines, – including nursing, social work and allied health – will work together to solve an evolving case.

Students will utilize web-based training and engage in experiences with older individuals who have chronic health conditions in community living settings.

According to Peter A. Boling, director of long-term care and geriatrics in VCU SM’s Department of Internal Medicine, “this grant will launch a broad-based approach to interprofessional education at VCU.”

School officials say that VCU’s schools of nursing, social work, pharmacy and allied health will continue the educational program after the four-year grant expires.

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