Lake Country AHEC to distribute books on geriatric care to nursing program at UT Tyler

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

As the population of older East Texans increases, so does the need for medical professionals to take care of them.

And these medical professionals need training in geriatrics, the branch of medicine that focuses on promoting health and preventing and treating diseases and disabilities in older adults.

The Lake Country Area Health Education Center, located on The University of Texas Health Science Center campus, is helping to meet that need by distributing reference books on geriatrics to several medical educational programs in Tyler at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, in the atrium of the Braithwaite Nursing Building on The University of Texas at Tyler campus, 3900 University Blvd.

The books will be given to the Family Medicine Residency and Occupational Medicine Residency programs at UTHSCT, the Nurse Practitioner Graduate Program at UT Tyler, and the Pharmacy and Physical Therapy departments at UTHSCT.

Because of tight budgets, medical education programs often have limited funds to spend on course materials and references for medical specialties such as geriatrics, said Helen Miner, Ph.D., RN, program director of Lake Country AHEC.

These reference books will expand the resources on geriatrics available to residents and students in these programs.

For the past three years, the Baylor College of Medicine Texas Consortium of Geriatric Education Center in Houston has contracted with Lake Country AHEC to bolster geriatric education for East Texas health professionals, Dr. Miner said.

The ultimate aim of this grant-funded program is to improve health care for older adults by providing more resources to programs and departments that educate health professionals in geriatrics, she added.

The grant recently was renewed for five years, allowing the purchase of these resources.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million to the Northeast Texas region. In FY 2009, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research were awarded 80 competitive grants and contracts totaling $14.6 million. As the academic medical center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education program – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond.

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