department of geriatrics educational grants

Educational Grants:

  • The John A. Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence (COE) in Geriatric Medicine: The Chair of the department, Dr. Patricia Lanoie Blanchette, is the program director of this grant. The main objective is to train academic geriatricians to fill medical school faculty positions and to develop geriatrics programs. The COE at the University of Hawaii was first established in January 1998 and has been funded continually since then. Since its inception, the COE has provided partial funding to 16 junior faculty (all of whom are currently on the faculty of medical schools) to enable them to develop an academic career. Previous Hartford Junior Faculty have an excellent track record of establishing new programs in aging research and clinical teaching sites in geriatrics, and have created new positions for academic geriatricians. The COE has provided enhancement to the fellowship training in research methodology and provided opportunities for fellows to earn advanced degrees concurrent with their fellowship.

  • The Pacific Islands Geriatric Education Center (GEC): The Chair of the department, Dr. Patricia Lanoie Blanchette, is the principal investigator of this grant. The main emphasis of the GEC is in interdisciplinary training and in-service training for practicing health professionals throughout the region, curriculum development, faculty development, and technical assistance in program development in geriatrics. The GEC provides individualized training programs for faculty and clinicians and geriatrics training throughout the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands. The disciplines served include: Medicine; Nursing; Social Work; Public Health; Psychology; Speech Pathology; Audiology; Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. The GEC also holds programs of continuing education in Geriatrics in the form of conferences, seminars and in-service instruction.

  • The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation grant for Comprehensive Programs to Strengthen Physicians' Training in Geriatrics: The Chair of the department, Dr. Patricia Lanoie Blanchette, was the program director of this grant, from 2001 to 2006. The purpose of this grant was to increase teaching and develop innovative curricula in geriatrics in all years of the medical school, several residency programs, and continuing medical education. This grant has resulted in a major change in the medical school curriculum, incorporating required training in geriatrics in all four years of the medical school and in most of the residency training programs. The new innovative curriculum has strengths in ethnic and cultural diversity and in the use of standardized patients. This has resulted in permanent changes to the schoolís curriculum and the educational environment for geriatrics.

  • Hawaii Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program: The department has a grant from the National Institute on Aging as one of seven national training centers for aging research. The Associate Chair of the department, Dr. Kamal Masaki, is the program director. The purpose of this grant is to provide short-term research, clinical and didactic experiences, and to expose medical students to career opportunities in aging research and academic geriatrics.

  • Hawaii Neighborhood Outreach to the Aged (HINOA) Program: This program is funded by the Hawaii Medical Services Association (HMSA) and Dr. Patricia Blanchette is the director. This program grant is to develop an interdisciplinary neighborhood-based home care clinical and research program.

  • Parkinsonís Disease Center of Excellence: This grant from the National Parkinson Foundation, with Dr. Patricia Blanchette as the director, provides comprehensive care, outreach and research in Parkinsonís Disease. For more information please contact Center Coordinator, Katherine Kim, at (808) 528-0935 or at 1-800-570-1101 or visit

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