Welcome to the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Fellowship Program where educating physicians to be leaders in the unique care of older adults is our mission!
Since its inception in 1978, the geriatrics fellowship program has trained more than 79 geriatricians, making Arkansas among the states with the highest number of geriatricians per capita. Training in geriatrics at UAMS puts you in good company of other world-class geriatrics training programs. Our training program has consistently ranked in the top ten percent of programs in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of best graduate schools.
The Reynolds Department of Geriatrics with the Reynolds Institute on Aging is one of six designated centers of excellence on the UAMS campus and is housed in a state-of-the-art facility that includes basic and clinical research, educational programs, primary care and sub-specialty clinics, rehabilitation services and administration all under one roof. This allows basic and clinical researchers, educators and clinicians to engage in collaborative activities that further the science of aging through a synergy that is changing the way older Americans live.
Under the leadership of Jeanne Wei, M.D., Ph.D., the Institute on Aging and the Department of Geriatrics continues to expand research, clinical and educational programs including: 1) world-class research programs in nutrition and metabolism, basic science in Alzheimer’s disease and the aging heart, with the recent addition of a Center for Translational Research; 2) comprehensive clinical programs in primary care, dementia, frailty, geriatric psychiatry, palliative care, falls, urinary incontinence, pain, with newly added clinics in wound care and care for persons with nutritional disorders, and 3) an extensive educational agenda that encompasses programs for graduate medical education, professional development and patient education at UAMS and across the state.
Dr. Wei, a renowned researcher, geriatrician, cardiologist and educator, has as one of her primary missions the “generation of solutions to some of the toughest clinical and systems issues facing the aging population today” in an atmosphere of a collaborative, creative and productive department here at UAMS.
Paula Podrazik, M.D., a seasoned geriatrician and educator with expertise in curriculum design and faculty development, joined the UAMS faculty in 2009 from the University of Chicago where she was nationally recognized for the CHAMP (Curriculum for the Hospitalized Aging Medical Patient) Faculty Development Program supported by a Donald W. Reynolds Foundation educational grant.
Dr. Podrazik has served as the Vice Chair for Education in the Reynolds Department and Program Director of the Geriatrics Fellowship since 2009 overseeing 220+ interprofessional students and residents in attaining geriatric skills in four week rotations. Additionally, she serves as the Medical Director of the Thomas and Lyon’s Longevity Clinic – a model outpatient clinical venue for interprofessional geriatrics clinical care and teaching with over 24,000 patient visits annually. Her work as Medical Director includes UAMS Primary Care Service Line administrative and Quality Improvement initiatives. Given her extensive geriatrics, internal medicine teaching and practice experience and added background in emergency medicine and palliative care, Dr. Podrazik brings not just a wealth of experience, but a creative energy, flexibility and innovation to our teaching programs at UAMS and our department.
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