Staff at the Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey conducted a study of health needs of elderly residents in central New Jersey and then created the Central New Jersey Gerontological Institute, which is a "virtual" institute in terms of patient care.
- The study, conducted from 1995 to 1996, consisted of a health needs assessment of elderly people in five central New Jersey counties.
- Based on the health needs assessment, staff designed the institute to support research and community education in geriatrics and to provide comprehensive state-of-the-art geriatric care to elderly patients in the area.
- The project staff envisioned the institute as the hub of a regional network of service sites and an expert referral center, as well as a practice center of its own, providing clinical care, training opportunities for medical students and residents and research opportunities in gerontology.
- In February 1998, staff created the Central New Jersey Gerontological Institute within the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and hired a full-time administrator in June 2000. It was, and has remained, a "virtual" institute in terms of clinical care. Activities undertaken include:
- Organization of a community-based lecture series at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
- Development of a monthly seminar series for faculty and health professionals.
- Establishment of electives in geriatrics for medical students and residents of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
- Establishment of electives in geriatrics for students of the University of Medicine and Dentistry School of Nursing and the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers.
- Publication of multiple research articles and book chapters on aging. See the Bibliography for a sample of these.
- Implementation of a small grants fund to support projects undertaken by faculty and students within the medical school community.
- Creation of an institute website in October 2002.
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