The Oregon Geriatric Education Center (OGEC) is now part of the Division of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.
John R. Walsh M.D. was the founding director of the OGEC and a pioneer in the field of geriatrics. As chief of geriatrics for the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Dr. Walsh established one of the first geriatric fellowship programs in the United States. Dr. Walsh passed away in 1995, yet his legacy continues through the work of the Oregon Geriatric Education Center.
The OGEC’s activities are linked to national goals that are focused on increasing the numbers of persons who are trained to deliver high quality care to older adults. In addition, the OGEC is focused on evidence-based falls prevention education with interprofessional teams from the fields of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and social work.
Over the past 20 years, the OGEC has trained thousands of learners through its educational programs. In FY 2011-2012 alone, the OGEC provided geriatric-specific training to over 485 interprofessional clinicians.
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