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Geriatric Faculty Scholars

What is a Geriatric Faculty Scholar?

This prestigious grant is awarded to current junior URMC faculty with a specific interest in inter-professional geriatric education and practice. Throughout the calendar year, these faculty members will work with a mentor in the Division of Geriatrics & Aging to create and implement a geriatric education program within their own Division or Department. Each project is designed to promote an Age Friendly Health System and integrate the 4Ms and geriatric principles into other specialties. This program is designed to:

  • Develop faculty with an interest in gerontology and geriatrics who create innovative programs that improve the care of older adults by increasing the geriatric knowledge and skill of physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals at various levels of training and professional development, from students to senior faculty.
  • Promote inter-specialty and inter-professional training and collaboration to improve the quality and safety of older adult care throughout UR Medicine.

Applications for 2023-2024

The University of Rochester Aging Institute (URAI), Division of Geriatrics & Aging, and the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center (FLGEC) at the University of Rochester are pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2023 Geriatric Faculty Scholars Program. The Geriatric Faculty Scholars Program is open to UR School of Nursing and UR School of Medicine & Dentistry junior and mid-career faculty members who are committed to academic careers and have an interest in geriatric/gerontology program development.  A minimum of two Scholars will be selected annually and will receive a $10,000 stipend.  A one-year renewal may be available to recipients, dependent upon funding availability, productivity and scholarly product dissemination.

Guidelines: Call for Applications

Deadline: Applications must be submitted electronically by Monday March 6, 2023 at 5:00pm ET to

Geriatric Faculty Scholars, 2022-2023

Conrad Gleber, MD, MBA

Assistant Professor, Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry, (SMD)

As a hospitalist with a special interest in quality improvement, health systems management, and healthcare delivery, Dr. Gleber will leverage this Geriatric Faculty Scholar award to investigate the cost/quality ratio in the orthopedic/geriatric service line at the Geriatric Fracture Service. Defining “quality,” “value,” and “costs” of this service will form the basis of an educational intervention for Hospital Medicine Division faculty development series.  The economics and business of medicine is a complex system. Generally, traditional medical education has lacked specific curriculum regarding these subjects. This project will provide much needed education about the economic structure of healthcare for the community of providers caring for older adults.

Jessica Goodman, PhD

Senior Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Family/Marriage (SMD)

Dr. Goodman’s work has focused on facilitating interdisciplinary care and integrated behavioral healthcare (IBHC) through program development (PD) and quality improvement (QI) initiatives. She employs a biopsychosocial (BPS), systems approach, with a commitment to addressing social determinants and increasing health equity.  The results of a needs assessment at Highland Hospital indicated the need for an IBHC service line at the hospital.  Dr. Goodman’s Geriatric Faculty Scholar project will add an age-friendly health system lens to IBHC, build a network of interdisciplinary professionals devoted to improving care for older adults at URMC, and focus on prevention and interventions for patient agitation.

Sara Z. Salim, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (SMD)

Dr. Salim was drawn to the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) for the shared goal of aligning patients’ functional goals with their current condition and medical status. She noted that there are unique challenges to meeting goals when caring for older adults and, although older adults are encountered frequently in PM&R, there are gaps in the education and preparation of Residents.  Through the Geriatric Faculty Scholars award, Dr. Salim will develop a formal, interactive geriatric education course for the PM&R Residents that will include hands-on learning.  She will also build the 4M principles into outpatient clinic materials and procedures.  Surveys of patients, residents and faculty will determine utility, satisfaction, and next steps.

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For more information about the Geriatric Faculty Scholar program, contact Annette Medina Walpole via email or at 585-760-6354.