$100,000+ Grant Creates New Johns Hopkins Fellowships in Geriatric Medicine and Leadership

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BALTIMORE, MD — A $100,000+ grant from Erickson Retirement Communities to The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology has resulted in the creation of the Erickson Johns Hopkins Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine and Leadership. The two new fellowship positions will include a 1-year fellowship in clinical geriatric medicine and a 2-year fellowship in clinical geriatric medicine and leadership. They will begin in July 2007 and 2008.

“As a nation, we simply do not have enough physicians specially trained in geriatrics to meet the ever growing demand for services” commented Dr. Matt Narrett, Chief Medical Officer for Erickson Communities. “We must do better, and through this program we will fund and help train future leaders and primary care physicians.”

The Fellowship Training Program offers a rigorous training program for the next generation of leaders in care for the nation’s aging population. Clinical training includes both longitudinal and elective rotations in a state-of-the-art continuing care retirement community, with training tailored to the goals of the postdoctoral fellow. The one-year ACGME-accredited clinical fellowship position offers training in geriatric medicine that will prepare the candidate for the ABIM specialty board in Geriatric Medicine or the Certificate of Added Qualification for the AAFM. The two -year training program for clinician educators offers additional training and coursework in curriculum development, teaching skills, medical director leadership and the business of medicine.

Erickson is a national company with a commitment to education and research. It provides a full array of healthcare and medical services at each of its 16 campuses for middle-income people. Its campuses are supported by Erickson HealthSM, the nation’s largest and most completely integrated health and wellness system for people over age 62. Erickson HealthSM provides superior health care and service to its residents. It is the only full-service retirement community in the nation to have received Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services approval to offer a Medicare Advantage program to its residents.

Erickson Health’sSM doctor to patient ratio is five times better than the norm. Its physicians are all board-certified. On average its doctors have more than 10 years of experience when hired by Erickson HealthSM. . All of the campuses developed and managed by Erickson have full time physicians employed in the on campus medical center and provide care, time and attention exclusively to the residents. For this reason, Erickson physicians are able to spend three times longer with each resident than non-Erickson physicians. Erickson residents tend to maintain their independence and are less likely to need health care. Compared to other Americans in the same age group, Erickson residents use less hospital and nursing home care than people their age who do not live at campuses supported by Erickson HealthSM

The Johns Hopkins University Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology has been ranked as the #1 graduate training program in geriatrics in the United States in the peer review conducted by U.S. News and World Report.

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