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The Reynolds Geriatric Education and Training in Texas (GET-IT) Program was developed as a proactive effort to address the national shortage of Geriatricians and the medical needs of a growing geriatric population. The original program grant of $2 million was awarded in 2009 for four years from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation also had matching funds from UNT Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM). Janice Knebl D.O. Chief of the Geriatrics Division and the program primary investigator believed that most physicians would be treating older adults as a part of their medical practice and that enhanced patient care should be promoted through increased training in geriatrics.

Reynolds Geriatrics Education and Training in Texas (GET-IT) Award #1

The Reynolds Geriatric Education and Training in Texas (GET-IT) Program was developed as a proactive effort to address the national shortage of Geriatricians and the medical needs of a growing geriatric population. The original program grant of $2 million was awarded in 2009 for four years from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation also had matching funds from UNT Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM). Janice Knebl D.O. Chief of the Geriatrics Division and the program primary investigator believed that most physicians would be treating older adults as a part of their medical practice and that enhanced patient care should be promoted through increased training in geriatrics.

The goals of the original GET-IT Program were to develop and implement an innovative and sustainable program to strengthen physicians’ training in geriatrics. Four primary groups were targeted for increased training in geriatrics: Medical students and faculty at the UNTHSC Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at Fort Worth; the Rural Osteopathic Medicine Education Program; Residents in the Texas Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institution Programs; and Practicing Physicians throughout Texas. The original objectives established to help accomplish the goal of geriatrics infusion to these groups were:

  • Development and Implementation of an integrated geriatrics curriculum across all four years of medical education;
  • Osteopathic residents training throughout Texas having access to an integrated geriatrics curriculum;
  • Rural Osteopathic Medicine Education Faculty and Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institution Program Directors having access to a geriatrics faculty development program;
  • Collaboration with the UNTHSC Professional and Continuing Education Department (PACE) helping to develop geriatrics continuing medical education programs for practicing physicians.

The GET-IT Programs achieved success in meeting the objectives of the Reynolds Grant and have made an impact in the geriatric education of medical students at the University of North Texas’ Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine as well as some physicians and residents in the state. One of the programs that emerged as a leader in student geriatric education and had an impact in the larger community of Fort Worth was Seniors Assisting in Geriatric Education or SAGE. In 2013 this original Reynolds Grant will deplete its funding although many of the programs have been extended through the Reynolds Next Steps Grant with continued funding from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Healthy Aging Council. (See homepage for information on current Reynolds Next Steps Grant Funding and related Innovations.)

This page last updated 03rd Apr 2015