South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS)
Jeanette S. Ross, MD
Acting Director for Education
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Monthly Geriatric Grand Rounds
Goals of GRECC Education Program
- Develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate innovative aging-related curriculum and education programs for formal interdisciplinary learners in geriatrics
- Support and evaluate education programs to train GRECC-associated trainees (medical students, residents, and fellows from our affiliated academic partner, UTHSCSA)
- Develop, evaluate, and disseminate continuing geriatrics education programs for health care professionals across VISN 17 and the national VA System
Formal San Antonio GRECC learners include a Special Advanced Fellow in Geriatrics and associated health trainees in the disciplines of pharmacy, social work, chaplaincy, psychology and occupational therapy. San Antonio GRECC associated learners include fellows in geriatric medicine, psychiatry, dentistry, inter-professional fellows in Hospice and Palliative Care (medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, chaplaincy and pharmacy), pain and oncology fellows, medical residents (internal medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and anesthesiology), medical students and nursing students.
The San Antonio GRECC aims to maximize our impact on education, training, and career development in South Texas. In partnership with the San Antonio Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC) services, the San Antonio GRECC provides primary education sites for health care professionals engaged in geriatrics and gerontology training. Our educational programs are co-sponsored by our academic partner, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). UTHSCSA has recently established the Center for Healthy Aging, and its mission is to support clinical, educational and research aging-related programs. If you wish to apply for any of our educational programs, please feel free to call us at 210-617-5197.
Related ProgramsHospice and Palliative Care Inter-professional VA fellowship
Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
The Geriatrics Fellowship was initiated in 1987. It is funded by a HRSA Bureau of Health Professions Grant and trains health care professionals in the areas of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Dentistry. To date, the fellowship has trained 43 geriatricians (38 graduates and 5 active fellows). Of the 38 graduates, 14 started in academic careers, and 11 continue as investigators (N=3) or clinician educators (N=8). The Fellowship Program has been instrumental in building the UT Health Science Center Faculty: Seven of the graduates are current Clinician Educators at our academic health center and six of them are staff physicians at the STVHCS. Additionally, the San Antonio John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatrics Center of Excellence has refocused the efforts to invest directly in research education and training for fellows, partnering closely with the San Antonio GRECC.
The San Antonio GRECC recognizes the imperative need to increase the number of adequately trained clinicians to care for the increasing number of older Veterans with complex health requirements. In partnership with UTHSCSA, efforts have been made to reach out to medical students in early stages of their career. The San Antonio Medical Students Training in Aging Research Program (UT- MSTAR) is funded by the National Institute of Aging, and aims to promote geriatric careers among medical students who wish to pursue research in aging.
If you wish to apply for any of our educational programs, please contact us at 210-617-5197.