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Huffington Center on Aging

Texas Consortium Geriatric Education Center

One of 45 national Geriatric Education Centers in the country, the Texas Consortium Geriatric Education Center was established in 1985. Headquartered at Baylor College of Medicine, the statewide consortium is comprised of ten leading academic institutions. The federal Health Resources and Services Administration approved funding for the TCGEC from 2010-2015, including a supplemental grant on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias.

Goals

  • Offer educational programs for faculty and community practitioners of designated health professions
  • Expand minority faculty recruitment and career development in geriatrics
  • Initiate a student enrichment program to foster student interest and support student development in the field of aging
  • Provide technical assistance and consultation services regarding the coordination of statewide projects in geriatrics and gerontology
  • Sustain an information network for the identification of distribution of resources essential to the support of educational programs in geriatrics and gerontology throughout the state via the Texas Alliance of GECs

Enrollees

Enrollees complete a three-part professional development program including a personal action plan that adds some new dimension to the courses they teach or to the clinical services in which they work with older people. It is through this process of ongoing professional development that we impact the quality of lives of older Texans. Now enrollees can take the PDP online. See the distance learning page or contact Mehrnaz Gill, TCGEC Distance Learning Coordinator, at mgill@bcm.edu.

To become an enrollee in 2015, visit one of the institutions below and email the co-project director. You may also call the Baylor College of Medicine's Huffington Center on Aging at (713) 798-4611. For information on the national GEC network, contact Dr. Joan Weiss of the Bureau of Health Professions at jweiss@hrsa.gov or (301) 443-6887 or Dr. Nina Tumosa at ntumosa@hrsa.gov.

Members

Members collaborate to advance the development of health professionals' capabilities to improve the lives of older Texans through better programs, service delivery activities, and resources in the field of aging. By the end of 2015, more than 65,000 Texas healthcare professionals will have attended TCGEC offerings.

Members of the Texas consortium and their respective co-project director email addresses are as follows:

Staff

For a listing of CME programs, please contact:

Dr. Robert E. Roush
Phone: (713) 798-4611
Fax: (713) 798-6688
Email: rroush@bcm.edu

Other TCGEC staff at Baylor's Huffington Center on Aging are:

Aanand D. Naik, MD, Associate Professor and Deputy Director, anaik@bcm.edu

Nancy L. Wilson, LMSW, Associate Project Director, nwilson@bcm.edu

Aimee Garcia, M.D., Director of Clinical Education, Aimee.Garcia@med.va.gov

Kathryn Agarwal, M.D., Director of Evidence-Based Practice Evaluation, kagarwal@bcm.edu

Mehrnaz S. Gill, M.S., Coordinator for Distance Learning, (713) 798-5804, mgill@bcm.edu

Ms. Gill can register you for distance learning credit.

Geriatrics Education Centers

The National Association of Geriatrics Education Centers is comprised of the national network of GECs funded by HRSA's Bureau of Health Professions; Division of State, Community and Public Health; Allied, Geriatrics, and Rural Health Branch. GECs offer health professions educators and community practitioners professional development opportunities in aging that benefit older people now and those "future" older Americans. You may also visit the Directory of GECs.