Iowa Geriatric Education Center Iowa Geriatric Education Center

About Us

The University of Iowa (Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nursing), Palmer College of Chiropractic, Aging Resources of Central Iowa, Iowa Health Systems, and the Iowa Foundation for Medical Care form the statewide consortium for the Iowa Geriatric Education Center (IGEC). Each brings diverse resources for developing programs in geriatric education.

Meeting the demands of Iowa's aging, underserved, and increasingly diverse rural population has created a critical need for leadership in geriatric training. Key challenges facing Iowa’s healthcare workforce include a grave shortage of health professionals trained in geriatrics, an infrastructure for training that lags behind the need, and insufficient patient access to enlightened geriatric care. The IGEC addresses these challenges by training the faculty, students, and health professionals who will teach geriatrics, improve geriatric practice in Iowa, and provide quality care to older Iowans in underserved areas.

The consortium mobilizes the University of Iowa’s rich resources in geriatric education and promotes the development of sustainable, high quality training programs to improve the training of health professionals in geriatrics, develop and disseminate curricula for treating the health problems of elders, support the training and retraining of faculty who teach geriatrics, develop continuing education for health professionals who provide geriatric care, and provide students with clinical training in geriatrics.

The IGEC is a member of the nationwide network of geriatric education centers, and is funded from the Bureau of Health Professions of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Contact the IGEC at: geriatric-education@uiowa.edu