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Geriatric Faculty Scholars

What is a Geriatric Faculty Scholar?

This prestigious challenge 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 are not currently being accepted.  Announcements for the 2021-2022 Geriatric Faculty Scholars will be made in April 2021.

Geriatric Faculty Scholars, 2020-2021

Szilvia Arany, DMD, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor, Department of Dentistry, Eastman Institute of Oral Health (EIOH)

Having received training in general dentistry and in dento-alveolar surgery in Hungary, then completing her PhD in forensic dentistry in Japan, Dr. Arany was a welcome addition to the clinical and research teams at the University of Rochester.  Dr. Arany’s project will address the complexity of oral care in older adults and seek to change the belief that aging results in deteriorating oral health.  She will incorporate the concepts of an Age-Friendly Health System (AFHS) and the 4Ms (Mobility, Mentation, Medication and What Matters) into a team-based approach at the new Specialty Care Clinic at Highland Hospital.  This approach will include all staff (i.e. front desk, scheduling, management), residents and faculty in the preparation and deployment of an age-friendly dental curriculum via monthly learning sessions.

Ciandra D’souza, MD, MPH

Senior Instructor, Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics & Aging (SMD)

After completing her Fellowship in Geriatrics, Dr. D’souza has been an integral part of the geriatric trauma co-management service at Highland Hospital and serves as its inaugural director.  Her project will focus on developing an Age-Friendly Health System (AFHS) by incorporating the 4Ms (Mobility, Mentation, Medication and What Matters) into an interdisciplinary education program and quality improvement process for the geriatric trauma co-management service.

Heather L. Lander, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine (SMD)

Dr. Lander has had a particular interest in the intersection of geriatrics, frailty and education since early in her residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Now, as a faculty member who cares for older adults in the Center for Perioperative Medicine (CPM), Dr. Lander will develop an educational platform focused on an Age-Friendly Health System (AFHS) and the 4Ms (Mobility, Mentation, Medication and What Matters) and how these concepts are integral in providing superior care to the older adult population.  The educational intervention will include a lecture series and small break out sessions that will review AFHS, the 4MS and specific perioperative tools that can be incorporated into practice at CPM.


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