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Geriatrics Recognition Award (GRA)

Purpose
The GRA recognizes physicians and nurses who are committed to lifelong learning about the care of older adults. The American Geriatrics Society established the GRA to encourage health professionals to acquire special knowledge and keep abreast of the latest advances in clinical care of older adults through participation in lifelong learning.

Why Apply for the GRA?
In the last thirty or so years, there have been many significant advances in the understanding of the physiological changes of aging, the complexity of disease patterns in older patients and the ability to effectively manage the complicated elderly patient with multiple co-morbidities. These principles and knowledge must be translated to the care of older adults so that the burgeoning senior population receives the highest quality health care possible

By 2030, the proportion of the U.S. population that is aged 65 or older is expected to increase from 12.4% in 2000 to 19.6%, or about 1 in 5 Americans. The number of elderly Americans is expected to double during this 30-year period, from approximately 35 million to 71 million. The number of oldest-old Americans, those aged 80 years or older (the age group of patients in the United States with the highest hospitalization rate), will increase from 9.3 million in 2000 to 19.5 million in 2030. If life expectancy continues to increase at the same rate seen in the 1990s, the number of oldest-old people could balloon to 31.2 million by 2050.

The GRA demonstrates the physician's or nurse's commitment to providing quality care to patients by participating in CE programs in geriatrics/gerontological nursing. It provides professional recognition of his/her special knowledge in care of older adults, which is sought by many health care employers, and supplements certification.

Eligibility
All physicians and nurses may apply for the GRA. You do not need to be a member of the AGS to be eligible. Applicants who meet all the requirements will receive an award certificate recognizing his/her participation in lifelong learning centered on the care of older adults.

Requirements for Physicians
The applicant must have earned 125 AMA Category 1 or AOA equivalent CME credits over a period of 4 or less years from CME programs in geriatrics. Credits must be earned from continuing education programs in geriatrics. At least 100 credits must be from programs that are sponsored, jointly sponsored or endorsed by the AGS. These programs include but are not limited to the AGS Annual Meetings, GRS6, GRS 7 and GRS8. 25 credits can be from programs you have attended that have geriatrics content but are not sponsored, jointly sponsored or endorsed by the AGS. Physicians may only claim those hours allocated to geriatrics content.

Requirements for Nurses

The applicant must have earned 125 Nursing contact hours or AMA Category 1 CME credits over a period of 4 or less years from CEU/CME programs in geriatrics/gerontological nursing. The credits may be a combination of nursing contact hours and CME credits. Credits must be earned from continuing education programs in geriatrics. At least 100 credits must be from programs that are sponsored, jointly sponsored or endorsed by the AGS. These programs include but are not limited to the AGS Annual Meetings, GRS6, GRS7 and GRS8. 25 credits can be from programs you have attended that have geriatrics/gerontological nursing content but are not sponsored, jointly sponsored or endorsed by the AGS, but approved by the American Nurses Association (ANA) or certified for American Medical Association (AMA) Category 1 credits,  Only hours allocated for geriatrics/gerontological may be counted.

Term
The Geriatrics Recognition Award is valid for four (4) years from the month that the application is approved.

Applications for the GRA should be submitted to:
Dennise McAlpin
Manager, Professional Education and Special Projects
American Geriatrics Society
40 Fulton St.,  18th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Phone: 212-308-1414
Fax: 212-832-8646
Email: Dmcalpin@americangeriatrics.org

For more information contact Dennise McAlpin.

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