In January 2009, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation (DWRF) awarded the University of Texas Houston Medical School funding to establish a program to strengthen physician training in geriatrics and palliative medicine.

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The TEXAS Program

The program, TEXAS, Training Excellence in Aging Studies applies a competency-based approach to foster knowledge and skill acquisition of students, residents, faculty and practicing physicians so that outcomes are realized at both organizational and individual levels.

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The objectives of the TEXAS program are to

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TEXAS is embarking on an ambitious plan to achieve its objectives:

TEXAS has developed a model that depicts how the ACGME and AAMC competencies are integrated into geriatric learning at all stages of learning: novice, advanced beginner, competent, proficient and expert.  This model provides a schematic of training initiatives, outcomes expected and evaluation methods as they relate to the five stages of learning.