Patient Care

URMC Geriatrician Leads National Education Efforts

Nov. 24, 2013
Thomas Caprio, M.D., M.P.H.

Thomas Caprio, M.D., M.P.H., was named president of the National Association for Geriatric Education (NAGE) and the National Association of Geriatric Education Centers (NAGEC) during their annual general membership meeting in November at the Gerontological Society of America Conference in New Orleans.

Caprio is an assistant professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where he directs the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship program. He also serves as co-director of the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center and medical director for Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Visiting Nurse Hospice. Caprio holds a federal Geriatric Academic Career Award from the Bureau of Health Professions through the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.

“It is a great privilege to be able to serve these organizations as president, especially as we begin to build a health care workforce focused on the rapidly growing population of older adults,” Caprio said. “It becomes critical that we have strong networks of professionals across the country dedicated to the education of health practitioners and students.

“With the recent discussions in Washington regarding health care reform and future spending, the public has been sensitized to the issues of health care costs and quality. The aging of the population has made this a priority for future planning,” Caprio said. “Geriatric Education Centers across the country serve an invaluable resource in disseminating the best practices in quality care for older adults.”

NAGE is a non-profit organization focused on educating the public and other groups regarding the particular policies and financial needs of groups involved in geriatric education in the U.S. Its partner group, NAGEC, represents 45 national federally funded Geriatric Education Centers through the Health Resources and Services Administration. GECs provide health professions education in geriatrics and gerontology, including faculty training, fellowship programs, and continuing education.