Director: Michèle Saunders, DMD, MPH
The South Texas Geriatric Education Center (STGEC) facilitates the improvement of patient care for the elderly through faculty and health care professional development in geriatrics and gerontology.
Since its inception in 1985, the primary goal of the South Texas Geriatric Education Center (STGEC) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) has been to facilitate the improvement of patient care for the elderly through faculty development in geriatrics and gerontology throughout the health disciplines at medical, dental, nursing and allied and associated health schools in universities and community colleges. Medical concerns of Mexican-American elderly, which include hypertension and diabetes, have been a major focus because of the large numbers living (and aging) in both the urban and rural areas of the Texas served by the STGEC.
Major accomplishments and impact of the STGEC since the onset of original funding in 1985 greatly involve the principal educational linkages the STGEC was able to form with geriatric programs at the UTHSCSA and with networking colleges, universities, state agencies and clinical sites for specialty programs, clinical rotations and educational research. Resources and expertise include all Schools in the UTHSCSA, the University of Texas School of Public Health MPH Program at San Antonio, as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs' (DVA) South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS), Audie L. Murphy Division (ALMD). Overall, our most active day-to-day geriatric education partner is the SA GRECC.