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Geriatrics Scholars Program Now Accepting Applications

The Division of Geriatrics & Aging is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Geriatric Scholars Program. The Geriatric Scholars Program is funded by the recently awarded HRSA Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) grant. The Geriatric Scholars Program is open to junior and mid-career faculty from the School of Nursing and School of Medicine & Dentistry with an interest in gerontology and geriatric medicine who wish to spearhead program development through geriatric education within their School, Program, Division, and/or Department. The Geriatric Scholars Program will enhance the Scholars’ teaching and leadership skills and facilitate their career development as academic leaders with a clinical, educational, and/or research niche in geriatrics and gerontology.

Application Deadline: Friday November 11, 2016

Application Guidelines

For more information, contact Laura M Robinson at (585) 760-6380 or via email at

Three Faculty Recognized with Karron Award

Timothy J. Holahan, D.O., who serves as the medical director or associate medical director at four nursing homes in the Rochester region; Adina C. Jucan, D.D.S., Director of Dental Services at Highland Hospital; and Allison Magnuson, D.O., geriatric oncologist, were awarded the Elaine and Irwin Karron Memorial Prize for Excellence in Geriatrics given by the Division of Geriatrics and Aging. This prize is awarded annually to a faculty member who completed at least two years of geriatric fellowship training at the University of Rochester and who has demonstrated exceptional skill, commitment and compassion in caring for older adult patients.

Medina-Walpole Receives 2016 Jahnigen Public Service Award for Geriatrics Work

Annette Medina-Walpole, MD (right) wins Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Education Award.  Bill Hall, MD (left) is previous recipient.

William Hall, MD (left), previous award recipient, and Annette Medina-Walpole, MD (right), this year's recipient

Annette Medina-Walpole, M.D. was honored with the 2016 Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Public Service Award at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Geriatric Society. The Jahnigen Award recognizes one American Geriatrics Society (AGS) member annually who is committed to the goals of its namesake: Working with students and advancing geriatrics education. Walpole is a leader in URMC’s ambitious program to make geriatrics an integral part of the whole medical curriculum, and thanks to her, aging is one of six underlying themes for the medical student community. She has served as URMC’s Geriatric Medicine Fellowship director and currently co-directs the Dean’s Teaching Fellowship.

Three Faculty Elected Fellows of the American Geriatric Society

Thomas V. Caprio, M.D.; Krupa Shah, M.D., M.P.H.; and Kristen L. Thornton, M.D. were recognized at the May 2016 annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society in Long Beach, CA. Fellowships are awarded AGS members who demonstrate a professional commitment to geriatrics, contribute to the progress of geriatrics care and participate in the Society's activities. They join a specially recognized group of health care providers dedicated to geriatrics education, clinical care and research, as well as to their own continuing professional development. Fellows have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities and in the Society by their service.

Medina-Walpole Joins URMC's Roster of ELAM Fellows

Annette Medina-Walpole, M.D. is the latest URMC faculty member selected for the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program. The intensive, one-year fellowship focuses on leadership training, with extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities. The goal is to expand the pool of women qualified for leadership positions in academic medicine, dentistry and public health.

About 54 candidates are chosen for ELAM each year through a competitive selection process. ELAM is a core program at Drexel University’s International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics in Philadelphia.

Gillespie Elected to AMDA Board of Directors

Suzanne M. Gillespie, M.D., R.D., C.M.D., associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics/Aging and associate professor of Emergency Medicine, was elected to the American Medical Directors Association’s board of directors in March of 2016. She will chair the House of Delegates for the AMDA, the society for post-acute and long-term care medicine. Her research includes the fear of falling among long-term care patients and outpatient comprehensive geriatric care assessment. Her clinical work focuses on long-term care, geriatric assessment and palliative care.

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