Southeast Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine (SCEGM)

Structure:
The Southeast Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine (SCEGM) is a collaborative venture of the schools of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Emory University in Atlanta under the direction of Cynthia J. Brown, M.D. (UAB) and Theodore (Ted) M. Johnson, M.D., M.P.H. (Emory).

Sponsors:
The John A. Hartford Foundation provides support for the SCEGM with matching funds from UAB Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, UAB Department of Medicine, UAB School of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, and Wesley Woods Health Center at Emory.

Purpose:
The primary mission of the SCEGM is to provide advanced training for physicians preparing for academic careers in geriatric medicine. The center capitalizes on the proximity, mutual areas of research expertise, and other synergistic collaborations to enhance the capabilities of both UAB and Emory programs to serve the educational needs of physicians interested in careers in academic geriatric medicine, and to provide them with the expertise, mentorship, and environment they need for success. In addition to providing training and support for senior geriatric medicine fellows and junior faculty, the center seeks to foster interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research programs that capitalize on pre-existing mutual interests and expertise.

Provides training support to senior geriatric medicine fellows (postgraduate years four and five) and physician junior faculty to support their career development as either researchers or clinician educators.

Opportunities for Faculty Involvement:
In keeping with its training focus, the SCEGM requires the involvement of mentors in each funded program. Mentors are generally senior academic geriatricians or other faculty who can provide professional development guidance and have a strong interest in aging. Areas of research expertise available through the center include but are not limited to:

  • Urinary incontinence and related lower urinary tract disorders
  • Mobility disorders and their complications (e.g., balance disorders, pressure ulcer prevention, and exercise interventions)
  • Quality improvement and outcomes in geriatric health care.

Additional areas of mutual interest and expertise that might generate collaborative research include basic and clinical research in dementia and vision impairment.

Primary Contact Person:

Peter A. Bosworth, M.B.A.
Associate Director for Administration
201 CH 19
Birmingham 35294-2041
(tel) 205-934-9261
(fax) 205-934-7354

Leaders and Key Staff:

  • Cynthia J. Brown, MD, MSPH
  • Theodore (Ted) M. Johnson, M.D., M.P.H., Co-Director at Emory
  • Peter A. Bosworth, M.B.A., Associate Director for Administration