Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Award

Jane Potter, MD, AGSF

Jane Potter, MD, AGSF, Chief in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), is the recipient of the 2018 Dennis W. Jahnigen Award celebrating work to train more health professionals in the care we all need as we age.

“Over the past 35 years, Dr. Potter’s tireless work has advanced education for thousands of health professionals,” said Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF, AGS Board Chair. “It would be difficult to locate a geriatrics clinician trained in the last two decades whose education has not been shaped in some way by Dr. Potter’s influence.”

A dynamic force driving geriatrics education, Dr. Potter has not only led medical education at UNMC but also has expanded the scope of her work to lead national efforts aimed at increasing the prestige and prominence of the geriatrics workforce. Dr. Potter is a co-Principal Investigator for the AGS’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) Coordinating Center—a strategic resource supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation for 44 organizations in 29 states working through the only federal program focused on increasing the number of doctors, nurses, social workers, and other healthcare professionals trained to care for America’s older adult population.

Across her career, Dr. Potter has led several other impactful education programs through the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA, which also operates the GWEP), including the Geriatric Medicine and Geriatric Dentistry Fellowship Program and the Nebraska Geriatric Education Center.

After completing medical studies at the Creighton School of Medicine, residency at George Washington University, and advanced geriatrics training at the National Institute on Aging, Dr. Potter returned to her home state of Nebraska in 1982, where she has been a local and national champion for geriatrics education ever since. Now the Neumann M. & Mildred E. Harris Professor of Geriatrics and Gerontology in Internal Medicine, Dr. Potter is a past AGS President and Board Chair and Deputy Director for the AGS Geriatrics-for-Specialists Initiative, another John A. Hartford Foundation-funded program which works to ensure all health professionals have a basic understanding of the unique skills needed to care for older people. Across her career, Dr. Potter has published numerous research articles and book chapters, and has worked for the AGS on developing its  educational content, including Geriatrics at Your Fingertips and the Geriatrics Review Syllabus.

The late Dennis W. Jahnigen, MD, was a compassionate geriatrician and acclaimed educator who dedicated his life to training future leaders. Today, his namesake award recognizes an AGS member, like Dr. Potter, committed to working with students and advancing geriatrics education in schools of health and medicine. It is one of several honors conferred by the AGS at its Annual Scientific Meeting.

Past Recipients of the Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Award

2017      Maura Brennan, MD, AGSF, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDC
2016      Annette (Annie) Medina-Walpole, MD, AGSF
2015      Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, AGSF
2014      Elizabeth K. Tanner, PhD, RN
2013      Gail Sullivan, MD, MPH
2012      Leo M Cooney, Jr., MD
2011      Sharon A. Levine, MD
2010      G. Paul Eleazer, MD
2009      Samuel C. Durso, MD, MBA
2008      Rosanne M. Leipzig, MD, PhD
2007      Steven R. Counsell, MD
2006      Kenneth Brummel-Smith, MD
2005      Harvey Jay Cohen, MD
2004      Terry T. Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN
2003      William Hall, MD, Rochester, NY
2002      Gregg A. Warshaw, MD, Cincinnati, OH
2001      Evelyn C. Granieri, MD, Pittsburgh, PA
2000      David B. Reuben, MD, Los Angeles, CA
1999      John R. Burton, MD