NEW YORK- A clearinghouse of current information and resources on geriatrics and clinical gerontology has been established by the Mount Sinai and SUNY Upstate Medical Centers. This represents the first state-supported resource center in the nation established to encourage medical education in the field of geriatrics.
Made possible through a grant from the New York State legislature funded through the Commissioner of Education, the Statewide Resource Center for Geriatric Education (SRC) has two goals: (1) to encourage inclusion of geriatrics in medical school curricula throughout New York State and (2) to increase training opportunities in geriatrics.
The SRC will review, categorize, and critique new geriatric educational materials and will make these evaluations available to health care professionals and students. This activity will make it possible for educators to evaluate which geriatric resources best serve their needs and to keep them appraised of new materials and opportunities in the field.
The Statewide Resource Center also will provide consultation to medical and health care professional schools that are starting programs in geriatrics. There will be a team of consultants available to review curriculum and to assist with program evaluation and design for each school requesting assistance.
The SRC will distribute a quarterly newsletter to all New York State medical schools and their affiliated health professional schools that will describe new geriatric educational materials. A telephone "hotline" will allow the staff to answer questions at any time about available resources. In addition, information will be available about upcoming geriatric medical education programs; local, state, federal, and private funding sources; and experts in various geriatric specialties who are available as lecturers or consultants.