Geriatrics

The two-campus Division of Geriatric Medicine offers a multi-faceted program led by 16 physicians and 14 nurse practitioners who work together with an extensive interprofessional staff of clinicians and administrators to create a comprehensive program of education, research, administration and clinical care. Ten of the faculty leaders have worked at VCU for 10 years or more, and there is a wealth of experience and sustained excellence of performance. We are growing rapidly, having added 5 faculty members and 3 new programs in the past thee years. The interprofessional nature of our program is reflected in close collaboration and leadership initiatives with 5 well-known VCU schools including Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Pharmacy, and Allied Health (Physical and Occupational Therapy as well as Health Administration). We have a truly team-based approach to education, research and clinical care.

The VCU Medical Center campus has 7 clinical sections: ambulatory care, house calls, transitional care, long term care, inpatient consults, PACE, and palliative care. These venues support educational programs for more than 500 learners each year, including all 400 M1 and M2 students, all 90 internal medicine residents, all of the 5 geriatric fellowship positions, all Orthopedic residents, and a variety of other learners including nurse practitioner, social work, and pharmacy students.

At the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center geriatricians work and teach in the Geriatric Health Care Center which is an outpatient clinic, the on-site nursing home care unit, the inpatient palliative care unit, and the home-based primary care program. The VA medical center serves as the home base for the geriatric fellowship, which involves both campuses so that the fellows have a broad base of experience when they graduate, and is effectively led by Angela Gentili and re-accredited for 5 years in 2012. Eight of our faculty members are graduates from our fellowship.

The Division is proud of several successful initiatives including: two Reynolds grants (2001 and 2010); a Geriatric Education Center (2010) which is a statewide collaboration directed by Ed Ansello in the Center on Aging and co-directed by Peter Boling; and full accreditation of our House Calls program from the Joint Commission in 2012 with a perfect score. VCU House Calls was also approved July 31, 2012 for participation in the national Independence at Home demonstration program working in collaboration with Medstar Washington Hospital Center and the University of Pennsylvania as the Mid-Atlantic Independence at Home Consortium. Leaders of the Consortium were directly responsible for creating the demonstration through the legislative and regulatory process. The Next Steps grant from the Reynolds Foundation is launching a unique new program of education that will involve more than 500 students from Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Social Work in August 2012. In addition, the VCU program faculty and staff have led the growth and development of the 21-hour Virginia Geriatrics Society conference which attained its highest participation yet with 350 participants and 35 exhibitors in April 2012.